Robert Olive ‘Bob’ Barbee Jr., 81, former ski instructor who volunteered with challenged athletes

Robert Olive “Bob” Barbee Jr., 81 of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 16, 2020. Bob was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Orange County, North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Laura Scott Barbee; parents, Robert Olive Barbee Sr. and Rose C. Barbee.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Veronica (Vicky) Barnes, Paul Scott Barbee (Joy); sisters, Linda Thompson (Bob), Gail Barrett and Nora Sawyer (Willard); grandchildren, Anne Gehman (Wayne), Bryan Barnes (Julie), Ashley Townley (Billy) and Jordan Barbee; two great-grandsons, Logan Barnes and Brody Barnes; and a great-granddaughter on the way.

Bob graduated from Norview High School in 1957, completed a four-year apprenticeship program at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1963, where he was employed for 36 years. When Bob was not working at the shipyard, he enjoyed doing anything outdoors with his family and friends. He especially loved skiing, camping, bike rides and traveling to new locales. He was employed at Snowshoe as a ski instructor and often volunteered with the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia. He also worked as a maintenance ranger at False Cape State Park. Bob was loved by all and will be missed by many.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. A private family graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 21.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Challenged Athletes of West Virginia, Attention: Carol Woody, 10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, WV 26209.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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