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Longtime activist and community servant Bill Barr dies at 90

Monday, Apr. 27 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+

William Barr
William "Bill" Barr, a longtime community activist in Fauquier County, died on April 25, 2015.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1924, Barr served during World War II in the Buffalo Soldiers Division and after the war earned a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America. He worked in Washington D.C. for many years in the realms of child welfare, juvenile justice and as an administrator of human services programs. He was a nationally recognized consultant in juvenile justice programs. He retired from government services in 1979 and got to work serving Fauquier County.

Barr 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, the Fauquier Trails Coalition, the Fauquier Historical Society, the Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church, the Fauquier Housing Corporation, Fauquier Excellence in Education Committee, Community Services Board of the Rappahanock-Rapidan, Fauquier Family Shelter, Red Cross, and was a volunteer mediator with the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center.

Bill 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.

The viewing and family hour will be at First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike in Warrenton from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 29, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 30. The church is located at 271 Winchester Street in Warrenton. Burial will be at the Warrenton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Bill’s lifelong commitment to youth may be made in his name to the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County located at 169 Keith St. in Warrenton, VA 20186. Online condolences can be given at http://www.joynesfuneralhome.com

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