Wendell W. Barfield, Sr., 71, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at Weems Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 15, 1942 in Apalachicola to James and Florida Barfield. He married Shirley Rosalis Barfield on March 3, 1963 and she survives.

Also surviving are his mother Florida Vause Barfield, of Apalachicola; two sons Wendell W. Barfield, Jr., of Eastpoint, and Charles (Frieda) Barfield of Lakeland; one daughter, Lori Ramsey of Tupelo, Miss; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one sister Virginia (Herbert) Duggar of Apalachicola; one brother Darrel Barfield (Judy) of Lakeland; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Wendell’s father, James Marvin Barfield preceded him in death.

Wendell graduated from Chapman High School and continued his education with CSX Continuing Education programs. He served in the Florida National Guard. Wendell was a long time resident of Lakeland, where he lived since leaving his childhood home in Apalachicola in 1970. He loved Franklin County - this was his home. He and Shirley planned to return home when retired and they did in July 2009. His career with CSX Corporation covered a span of 30 years. He was an excellent “railroad man” and his many friends there were always remembered. He was a leader.

He was the ultimate handy man at home – an excellent painter and a good mechanic - and was always ready to help others “fix it.” He loved family, friends, and animals. He was proud of others’ accomplishments and never envious. An avid fan of Jeopardy and history, he would answer the questions immediately. He loved the bay, the rivers, and the gulf. A devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle and a loyal friend and confidant, he was someone to depend upon – he cared for others. He was so loved and will be so missed.

The visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Kelley Funeral Home. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 5 at the Eastpoint Church of God. Rev. Scott Shiver officiated. The burial was at Magnolia Cemetery.