Arthur "Artie" Ross Barber Jr.


February 8, 1965 ~ March 17, 2023

Born in: Moore County, NC
Resided in: Carthage, NC

Arthur “Artie” Ross Barber, Jr., born February 8, 1965, passed away on March 17, 2023.  Artie was known for his love of life, most often expressed through laughter, loyalty and even mischief.  Artie’s heart was influenced by his mother, Charity, and his father, Arthur. Their kindness and compassion were reflected through him in the way he took care of his brother, Terry, the special bonds he maintained with his friends, and in his adoration for his son, Noah, Artie’s pride and joy.

Artie was a friend to all, possessing the unique gift of making others laugh and be happy. His relentless pranks and joking around were trademarks to help us realize we could poke fun at ourselves and love one another in countless ways. He was passionate about serving others, most often without their knowledge. He would pay for others’ meals or deliver groceries to their doors, and no one would know it was him. A lifelong resident of Carthage and a graduate of Union Pines High School and Appalachian State University, Artie fulfilled his goal to follow in his dad’s footsteps of working in fire prevention, eventually serving as a fire marshal inspector for Chatham County until his retirement. He was also elected and served on the Carthage City Council, as well as several other volunteer positions. His impacts on family, friends, and his community will be missed, but always remembered with a smile.

Proverbs 3:27-28 is illustrative of Artie: “Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.” We’ll miss you, Bud. Thank you for the memories!

Artie was preceded in death by his parents Arthur Ross Barber and Charity Troxler Barber and is survived by his son Noah Ross Barber; brother Terry Michael Barber as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles. 

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 19th @ 1pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1838 Bethlehem Church Road, Carthage followed by a funeral service at 3pm. Interment will follow at Cross Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or Carthage Fire and Rescue, 4396 US Highway 15/501, Carthage, NC 28327.

Services entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home. 

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Visitation: March 19, 2023 1:00 pm - February 27, 2024 3:00 pm

Bethlehem Baptist Church
1838 Bethlehem Church Road
Cathage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: March 19, 2023 3:00 pm

Bethlehem Baptist Church
1838 Bethlehem Church Road
Cathage, NC 28327


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Arthur "Artie" Ross Barber 's name.

FirstHealth Hospice Foundation

150 Applecross Road
Pinehurst, NC

Carthage Fire and Rescue

4396 US Highway 15/501
Carthage, NC

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  1. I never ran into Artie when there wasn’t a smile on his face. He always had a funny story to tell. Artie, you truly were one of a kind and you will be missed. From Carthage Elementary to Union Pines you had everyone laughing. Condolences and prayers for your family. I’ll see you again!

  2. So many fond memories of Artie. He always had a smile and a story to tell. He had a heart of gold and a big personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  3. Sending love and prayers to the Barber family. Artie was always a good person. He left memories with everyone he ever met. Love him so much.

  4. As an older citizen I always view the obituary section to see if any of my contemporaries have passed on. Every so often I see the name of a former Union Pines student – where I was privileged to serve for 15 years. Artie almost jumped off the page with memories. Several have described him as funny and indeed he was. But more than that, he was one of those rare students that make a school a better place to attend. Anytime you’re around someone that lightens like Artie, you are blessed. I was honored to look at him as more than a friend, but someone who made my day better by just seeing that contagious smile. Thank you Artie. It was an honor to know you. Blessings to your family.

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