James L. “Jimmy” Barber, 76, of Ira, (Cato), passed away on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Born in Utica, N.Y. on Dec. 12, 1938, he was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools. James was a U.S. Army veteran serving abroad and stateside. He achieved the rank of PFC.
Jimmy was an automobile salesman for Burdick BMW Co., in North Syracuse, retiring in 1996 after 20 years of service. Upon retiring, Jimmy moved to the country. His love for cars continued, including antique, muscle cars, and luxury automobiles.
He enjoyed playing billiards with his nephews Jay, Collin, and his friend Dave. Jimmy loved New York Giants football, New York Yankees baseball, Syracuse Orange sports, the out of doors, including mowing his lawn, and cocker spaniel dogs.
He was a member of the Little Utica United Methodist Church, and loved his church family.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Marion (Pottleton) and
Edward Barber; a brother, Rev. Douglas E. Brushell in 2012; and sisters Sally Jean and Janie.
Surviving are his loving wife Joyce (Johnson) Barber; one brother, Gareth (Dee) Wood; three sisters, Joanie Petrucci, Sandy Couch and Linda (David) Felix; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There were no calling hours. Services were Tuesday February 17 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y., with nephew Jason D. Brushell officiating.