David James Barber

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David James Barber, age 54, passed away gracefully from this earth on Friday, December 1, 2017 in Dallas, Texas, after a spirited and generosity-filled life. Memorial services will be on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeridge United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas.

David was born on October 3, 1963 in Rochester, New York to Dr. James Barber and Gail Barber and was raised in Lubbock, Texas. After graduating from Monterey High School, David attended Texas Tech University, where he received a degree in finance. His passion for the Texas Tech Red Raiders developed early on in his childhood, attending every football game or basketball game on the schedule. His love of the Red Raiders continued until his last breath.

Although David lived most of his adult life in Lubbock, Texas, he lived in Dallas, Texas for several years following graduation from Texas Tech University, where he met his wife, Stacey. After their first child was born, they moved to Lubbock, Texas to raise their two sons, Brandon and Travis, and David continued to grow his professional career as a financial advisor. David established his own business after years of developing his financial planning career at Merrill Lynch in Dallas, Prudential in Lubbock, and City Bank in Lubbock, fostering many close connections across the decades during his career. His business, known as West Texas Investments, which he and Stephanie Stewart founded five years ago, has flourished due to their many longlasting friendships and professional ties they developed through the years. David was a true philanthropist, constantly giving to others of his time, dedication and love. Those special ways in which David loved to give, simple things such as a basket of peaches or tomatoes he’d grown in his garden, or supplies he directed to the Texas Boys Ranch, were what made him the man so many people have grown to love and cherish.

David was an avid outdoorsman who loved hiking with his dad through the Rockies, camping with his family, and tending to his land in Pidcoke, Texas, which he lovingly referred to as “the ranch”. His passion for his children took him on some of his most beloved journeys, most memorably with his 12-year old’s little league team capturing the state championship. He met his most treasured friends while traveling with his son’s baseball teams, basketball teams, and band trips which formed friendships that lasted his lifetime.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Gail Barber, on November 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife Stacey Sturdivant Barber, and two sons, Brandon James Barber and Travis Wayne Barber; Father, James (J.B.) Barber and wife, Barbara Barber; Sisters Robin Barber and Lisa Barber; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and best friends.

Our husband, brother, father, and son was connected to more than just his beloved family. He cherished his childhood friends, whom he loved more than life itself, and those that he developed along the way while raising their families together. In leading by example, he taught his sons important life lessons in humility, sportsmanship, and learning to play for the team. He taught respect for others, and respect for all of God’s creatures, including his most treasured joys, Sheilagirl and Huck-puppy. He taught us kindness, friendship, unconditional love and finding joy in the small things in life. His legacy is to carry all of that proudly, yet humbly, forward and to perpetuate

those same deeds.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in David Barber’s name to the Texas Boys Ranch; https://www.texasboysranch.org/ways-to-give/donate


9 thoughts on “David James Barber”

  1. William A. Torchia, Esquire (Philadelphia)

    With much sadness, I express my condolences to David’s wife and children during these most difficult times. David’s father,. James Barber is my first cousin, and I also express my condolences to him and to his wife, Barbara, as well. Although I only met David a few times because of the geographical distance between our parts of the family, those times were enjoyable and fun together. He always called me “cousin Bill,” and said one time, “you mix a mean drink, cousin Bill,” with a laugh, “and I’m not complainin’.”

    I was very happy to read in his obituary that he was so successful professionally and so loved and appreciated by so many. I was not surprised, as David had such an electrifying personality and a warm, gracious manner about him. He was the bright light in the room.

    A Requiem Mass will be said for the repose of his soul by Father Juan Carlos Iscara, SSPX, of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Dillwyn, Virginia. May he rest in peace until we all join him in Eternity.

  2. Mary Ann Torchia O'Leary

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your son, husband and father who has left the world far too soon. Prayers and heartfelt condolences. Mary Ann O’Leary

  3. With our deepest sympathies, we pray for your peace as those mourning your loss. The fondness I remember of David is his friendliness, kindness and he never met a stranger.
    This world is a better place in the gift God gave us with David. Please know we are with you in this time.
    With much love and prayer,
    The Pape’s

  4. Stacey, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. I will miss Dave.so muck… My prayers to Stacey, Brandon, Travis and your entire family. This world was a better place when David was with us. I’m simply heartbroken, but also I know I/we will all see him again!! My love to you all… Todd Parker

  6. I remember David being such a sweet sweet soul. Never had anything bad to say about anyone. A very handsome young man that passed way to soon before his years. Heaven has gained a true angel ???????????? prayers for David’s family. RIP David….tell my mom hi when you see her. Y’all will like each other. Think y’all met when we were kids. ????????????????

  7. My sincerest condolences to Stacy and the family. David was great man and I was lucky to be his friend. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. David was very kind guy, had a great sense of humor, and always made you feel at home … a true Texas Gentleman. He will be missed.

  8. I am honored to have called David a close friend. He taught me how to be a better husband, parent and Christian. When I think of David’s abundance of goodness, words like genuine, sincere, generous and loving come to mind. His heart overflowed with family joy. He was a man of impeccable integrity. His spirit will forever linger in my soul. Stacey, Brandon and Travis, I pray that these nuggets David left us with will ease your sorrow and be a reminder of God’s eternal plan for all of us.

  9. From the first time I met John all those many years ago and with even losing touch numerous times over the years, I always knew that John with his caring heart would always be there to provide help, no matter how small the need. His presence here on Earth will definitely be missed and there are so so many people who will always have a permanent hole in their heart. I pray that God will surround Stacey, Brandon, Travis and his family with His love, peace and blessings as they go through this difficult time. We will rejoice in the belief that we will be reunited with John in paradise. In Christ’s. Love, Karen J. Downing Humphreys and family (MHS Class of ’82)

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