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L. Graham Barr
  • April 29, 1923
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  • March 05, 2009

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Graham Barr, a native Orlandoan, veteran of the Battle of Gaudalcanal died Thursday morning at his home in New Smyrna Beach. He was 85. The cause of death was pneumonia. Born April 29, 1923, Barr was the twin brother of the late Gracia Andersen. His mother, Grace Barr, was a former food editor for the Sentinel. Barr grew up in the Dubsdread neighborhood of College Park and later wrote two memoirs. He excelled at golf and the sport remained a lifelong passion for him, as did tennis and bridge. After graduating from Orlando High School in 1941, Barr was attending Orlando Junior College when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines, saw action at Guadalcanal but a shrapnel injury to his right hand and wrist sent him home. He wrote a column for the Sentinel, “In the Service,” in which he interviewed local soldiers, and then began his university studies at the University of Florida and later Sewanee College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After college, he became a sales representative for hardware manufacturers and was a partner in the Perry & Barr Company until his retirement. For the past several years, Barr and his artist wife, Elizabeth, traveled often and split time between their homes in New Smyrna Beach and Highlands, N.C. He was a member of the Country Club of Orlando and St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, and a trustee of the Martin and Gracia Andersen Foundation. In addition to his wife, Barr is survived by two daughters – Gracia Barr, of Tucson, AZ and Katie Graham, of Wellington FL; a son, T. Graham Barr, of New York City; a grandson, Karey Graham, and a granddaughter, Rachel Graham, both of Orlando.  3:00PM at St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church 4212 Saxon Drive New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 on March 8, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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  1. 08 Mar 2009
    Michael B. Evans says:
    To my friends and neighbors; I am so sorry for your loss. I think of all of you often and our years" next " to each other...Mike

  2. 07 Mar 2009
    Bill & Patsy Bolling says:
    Our prayers and thoughts are with Sissy and family during this very rough crossing. Patsy & Bill Bolling

  3. 07 Mar 2009
    Bev. and Sherman Dantzler says:
    Seems like only yesterday that we worked on Graham Barr & Friends: World War II Memoirs. Even the University of Georgia does not seem that long ago. Graham was such a thoughtful person and always upbeat. Our love and thoughts are with you.

    Beverly and Sherman Dantzler

  4. 07 Mar 2009
    Odette and Lonnie Parrish says:
    Farewell to a fine man we are privileged to call our friend.

  5. 06 Mar 2009
    Terry Winn says:
    We were shocked and saddened to learn of Uncle Grahams passing today when mom (June) called. I was thinking only recently that we should come to NSB because it has been so long since we have been in contact, and there are no excuses. I don't know that I have ever met a more pleasant and life loving person and regret the fact that we have not stayed in closer contact these past years. Mom is unable to travel these days but asked to send her sympathy- Elizabeth- Gracia and family- Please contact me if there is anything that I can assist with.

  6. 06 Mar 2009
    June & Gordon Meyer says:
    Graham was a true gentleman and a fine golfer. Gordon enjoyed him on the golf course and loved his humor. His favorite story was how to house train a dog. He will be missed. Our sympathies to you and your family.
    June & Gordon Meyer

  7. 06 Mar 2009
    Cliff & Paulette Wharin says:
    Dear Elizabeth & Family,

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you for the loss of Graham. Take comfort in the knowledge that he was loved and so respected by all who were lucky enough to have known him. Please call on us if you need anything.

    Sincerely,
    Cliff & Paulette

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