Andy Wayne Barber, 74, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14,  peacefully in his sleep.

Memorial services will be Friday, Oct. 17,  at 10:00 a.m., at the Cowboy Church in Orange.

Our daddy was born in Marietta, Ok. on April 04, 1941. But he always said his birthday was 4/4/40 so that he could get his driver’s license early, and until he was in his 60’s did he admit and prove to us that he was born in 1941. He was the son of Roy Barber of Marietta Ok and Edith Weimer of Orange.

Andy was preceded in death by his father; mother; brothers, Charles Barber, Robert Barber and Virgil Barber Sr. of Marietta; and niece Cheryl Barber Bunting of Thackerville, Ok; uncle, Eddie Meggs; cousins, Leroy and Bobby Meggs of DeSoto; and his best friend, Ray Herrera of Orange.

He is survived by his brother, Clifford Weimer and wife, Dee of Southern California.

Andy was of the Baptist faith, and would rush to church just to have donuts and coffee, and to visit with the members of the Cowboy Church. He was an Iron worker/welder by profession and cowboy by choice; the love of horses and working a boarder ranch was his passion. His family was his hobby; he was the favorite uncle through all the generations of his family. He loved his wife Delores Barber unconditionally during their 50 years together, leaving some very devoted and loving memories.

Andy has three daughters that are big time “daddy’s girls”. Each morning he talked with his daughters on their way to work just to tell them “I love you baby girl” or “the weather will be bad today so be sure to be safe”. When we were young our dad and mom never dropped us off at sitters or left us behind for any activity. If the whole family couldn’t attend, we as a family didn’t go. We always went camping and traveled to visit out of town family or sat in the yard picking and grinning with the neighbors, he was truly a family man and will be greatly missed each and every day.

Daddy’s little girls are, Carrie Barber from Vegas, NV, Lorie Hayes and husband, James, and Candy Davis and husband, Scott, all of Orange; Pawpaw had eight grandkids, Nikki Jean and Amanda Barber of Vegas, Cody Caples and wife, Jessica of Bridge City, Gage Hayes and wife, Christina of Florida, Jeromey Watkins of  Orangefield, Logan Hayes of Orangefield, and Ty and Cam Davis of Orange; PawPaw also has five great-great grandkids. Uncle Andy will be greatly missed by nieces and nephews, whom he considered all his children.

We love you to the moon and back for when this “cowboy rode away”, we lost a son, brother, husband, daddy, PawPaw, favorite uncle and best friend, that was the heart and soul of this entire family. We would like to thank everyone for all the support, from visiting him so many times during his illness, to lending us a love, compassion, a shoulder to cry on, and a listening ear for a spur of the moment phone call. We would also like to thank those at Claybar Funeral Home for taking the time to listen to our funny stories and for all the help in this time of sorrow because it was important for us that they knew who our husband, and daddy, was.