William Walker Barr, 90, of Midland, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Fauquier Hospital.
He was born May 14, 1924, in Pittsburgh, to the late Cora Jackson Barr and Willie Barr.
Mr. Barr served during World War II in the U.S. Army’s “Buffalo Soldiers” (92nd Infantry) Division in Italy. After the war, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s in social work from The Catholic University of America.
Mr. Barr worked in Washington, D.C., government for many years in child welfare, juvenile justice and as an administrator of human services programs. He was a nationally recognized consultant in juvenile justice programs. Mr. Barr retired from government services in 1979, and Fauquier County benefited from his expertise, wisdom and the generosity of his time.
He served as the chair of the Fauquier County Democratic Committee, served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, was a member of the Board of the Fauquier Hospital, The Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County, the Fauquier Trails Coalition, the Fauquier Historical Society, the Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church in Warrenton, the Fauquier Housing Corp., Fauquier Excellence in Education Committee, Community Services Board of the Rappahannock-Rapidan, Fauquier Family Shelter, the local American Red Cross chapter, and was a volunteer mediator with the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center.
Mr. Barr was baptized at Allen Memorial Church in Pittsburgh. In Fauquier County he was first a member of First Baptist Church and in 2010 he joined St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
He was a kind, wise, generous, gentle man.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Pat Balasco-Barr; his daughters Bonnie Barr Smith and husband Edward of Washington, D.C., and Pamela Barr of Baltimore; his sister, Ann Kilby and husband Maurice of Washington D.C.; a sister-in-law, Bessie Barr of Pittsburgh; his stepchildren Janet Reaves Pogue and husband Reginald, Michael Logan and wife Mindy, Steven Logan and wife Carlis of Michigan and George Logan Jr. of Chicago, and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and hosts of friends.
He his first wife, Pauline Barr, and his brother, Brack Barr, preceded him in death.
The viewing and family hour will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike in Warrenton, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m.
The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 271 Winchester St. in Warrenton. Burial will be at the Warrenton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, in honor of Mr. Barr’s lifelong commitment to youth, may be made in his name to the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County, 169 Keith St., Warrenton, Va. 20186.