Joseph Daryl Barr was born at home in Albany, GA on December 22, 1939 to the late Angus and Lois Pelham Barr. Since Joe was the fourth boy in the family and Christmas was imminent, his parents did not have time to arrange a birth certificate. When Joe was five, his mother manufactured an age to allow him to enter first grade. A few years later he was peddling newspapers alone on the streets of downtown Albany then bagging groceries at Colonial Stores. After graduating from Albany High School in 1957, Joe entered Georgia Southwestern College, where he played baseball, but left early to marry his high school sweetheart, Patricia Henderson. Three children were born to Joe and Patricia.
Joe’s adult work career began as a route driver for Flint Industrial Laundry, where as a commission-based route driver. Joe earned more than his father. He became legendary when he signed the biggest account the laundry ever had, Dobbins Air Force Base, and ordered himself an air-conditioned company van to celebrate. Later, Joe joined Sears, Roebuck in furniture and contractor sales, moving his family on a whim from Albany to the Sears store in Great Falls, Montana. Joe finished his Sears career with over twenty years as an Allstate agent in Savannah, GA. Everywhere he worked, Joe was a zealous advocate for his customers and clients, regularly winning sales awards, which included trips all over the world.
During his years with the industrial laundry, Joe picked up the game of golf, becoming so proficient he was offered a sponsorship to try for the Tour. Although he declined, golf remained the love of his life until illness prevented him from swinging a club. He won many flights in golf championships, once by skipping ball across a lagoon for an eagle at the Landings Club, where he was a member for 32 years. Two of his nine hole-in-ones were made after he was diagnosed with his final illness.
In 1982 Joe prudently married his lawyer, Karen Dove Barr and they remained married nearly 40 years until his death on December 12, 2021. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by two brothers, Sanford and Daniel Barr; and a sister, Janis Barr Adams.
Surviving are his wife, Karen Dove Barr; daughters, Cynthia Barr Lowrey (Robert), Wendy Barr Corbin (Tom), and Tricia Barr Ainsworth; stepchildren, Dr. Melissa Dove Wynn (Dr. Alex) and Chad Dove; nine grandchildren, Kathryn Gilmer, Kristin Gilmer, Knox Corbin, Natalie Corbin, Olivia Ainsworth, Hope Ainsworth, Madeline Wynn, Alex Wynn, III, and Andrew Wynn; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia Wittmer.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church with Reverend Hale Bishop officiating. A private reception will immediately follow the service at The Landings Club, Palmetto Plantation.
Karen I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Dottie &Howard Kling, Richmond Hill, Georgia
Karen, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We wish you peace in these troubling days.
- Tina & Adam Saxe, Savannah, GA
So sorry for your loss.
- Virginia Knowles, Savannah, GA
So very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and hearts. We love you.
- Brad and Stephanie Coy, Savannah , Ga
Karen & family. So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
- Judy & Paul Ganem, Pooler , Ga
My deepest Condolences to you Karen Thoughts , and Prayers from our family to yours.
- Antonio Anderson, Savannah , Georgia
So sorry for your loss You and family will always be in prayers. Rest in Peace
- Joe and Marilyn Zakrzewski , Savannah , Ga
We are really sorry to hear about Joe. Joe and I were partners on the golf course more times than I can remember. Only good thoughts about Joe and you , Karen. Jeanette and I really miss going to dinner with y"all and Al and Debbie.
- Robert Haley (bob), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Karen. I'm soo sorry for your loss. Trish the many memories !! Remember he's not suffering anymore.
- Jayne Hodges , Statesboro , Ga
Love this photo! This is exactly the way I remember Uncle Joe. Love you all and will keep you in my prayers.
- Karen Richter, Leesburg, GA
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing,prayers for you and his children knowing he is at peace
- Patricia Barr Wilson, Albany , Georgia 31721
My prayers are with the family. Karen I'm so sorry Mr. Joe has pasted. My heart breaks for you all RIP Mr. Joe
- Patti Riner, Savannah , Ga.
Praying peace for all of you at this time as you know Joe is in a better place with his parents and siblings and the world is a better place because he was in it.
- Budreski/Adams, Marietta, Ga
I am so sorry for your loss and regret that I can not make it to his funeral. Take care and God Bless.
- Russ LOPER, Canton, GA
Karen I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Howard Welt
- Howard Welt, Savannah , GA
Dear Karen, yours and Joe’s long and devoted marriage is a treasured example of the vows of such a union. The constancy of the heart and your tender care of him are a testament to your and his goodness and valor. He is at rest now and you will have the comfort of lives lived well and attentively together all these years. May your own fortitude and resilience carry you through your grieving. With respect and admiration and sympathy. Louisa Abbot
- Louisa Abbot, Savannah, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Memorial Service
- 2:00 p.m. on Wed, December 22, 2021
- Skidaway Island United Methodist Church
54 Diamond Causeway (map)
Savannah GA 31411
- Private Reception
- on Wed, December 22, 2021
- The Palmetto Club at The Landings
1 Cottonwood Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31411