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John L. Barfield, 89, departed this life on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at The Heartland Living Center in Greensboro, NC. His funeral will be held 11:30AM on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Woodard Funeral Home Chapel, with visitations starting at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park.

He was the fourth child of twelve children born to the late Willie and Pearl P. Barfield. He attended school in Johnson County, NC and seemed to love working on the farm. He joined Saint James Discipline Church in Benson, NC at an early age and work diligently for God.

He later married the love of his life Celia Howard on December 24, 1948 and had two children, Sandra and Charles. John was an avid lover of life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed planning family gatherings and would love telling everyone what to do. He called everyone “son” whether you were a boy or a girl.

After moving to Greensboro, he developed his passion, auto repair. In 1989 he built a booming business “Barfield Auto Repair”, where he retired in 2010. He was a specialist in Volkswagen repair. John was a faithful member of Whosoever Will Baptist Church, under the founding Pastor, Rev. Larry Foust. He loved and faithfully served the church even after his health began to decline.


He is preceded in death by his wife, Celia Barfield; son, Charles Barfield; brothers, James, Willie “Tom”, Douglas, and George “Jimmy”; sisters, Eloise Williams and Lennie Darby.

Left to honor his memory: his loving daughter, Sandra J. Barfield; daughter-in-law, Katie Morehead Barfield; three grandchildren, Charles, Michael, and Nicki; a host of great grandchildren; two brothers, Archie (May) and Lewis; three sisters, Elizabeth (Bobby), Lois Alford and Lina Marshall; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth A. Barfield; longtime friend, Delores; two out-standing caregivers, Julia Jenkins and Patricia Wall and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Woodard Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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  • Monday, March 18, 2019
    The staff off Woodard Funeral Home will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
    ~ Woodard Funeral Home
  • Monday, March 18, 2019
    May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories as you celebrate a life of longevity and joyful times you had together. May God’s loving kindness give you the strength you need to endure.- Ps. 29:11. For more encouraging words please go to
    ~ Lynn
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear love one. May you find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon eliminate such pain and suffering by means of his kingdom Psalms 46:1, 7. For more comforting words please go to
    ~ Dorothy   Greensboro, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Prayers to the entire Barfield Family. They have been apart of St. James Disciples of Christ Church from the beginning. Their Father the Late Deacon Willie and Mother Pearl Barfield had all their kids at St. James
    ~ St. James DOC   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Prayers to the Family.
    ~ Geneva Warren Covington   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    ~ Essie Draughon MCLean   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.
    ~ Nadine Warren   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember John L.
    ~ Della Evans Smith   Austelle, GA
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
    ~ Larry & Gennie Warren   Coats, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We were raised up together in Benson, N.C.
    ~ William Rayvelle Peacock   Burnsflat, OK
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    ~ Peggy Alford Amerson   Benson, NC
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Psalms 9:9, which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
    ~ Dr. Montoron & First Lady NIna Williams   Newton Grove, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Thinking of you in these difficult times.
    ~ St. James Pastor's Aide   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers to the Family.
    ~ St. James Usher Board   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Prayers to MY Family as we go through these trying times.
    ~ Deacon Larry & Mother Johnnie Barfield Langston   Smithfield, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Our heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.
    ~ Horace & Vanessa Bell   Benson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Our prayers are with you and the Family.
    ~ Hugh & Michelle Pulley   Willow Springs, NC
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
    We can look forward to the day when there will be no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:4 says: "And he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." God cares for those with a broken heart; Psalm 34:18 assures us that he is close to them. Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; Psalm 147:3)
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham,, NC