June 1, 1942 ~ September 1, 2014
Frank Barber (6/1/1942-9/1/2014) spent his life’s work and energy as an educator and advocate “making life less difficult for others.” Frank was born in Atlanta, grew up in Kirkwood, and lived most of his adult life in Stone Mountain, GA. He was an alumnus of Georgia State University (65) University of Georgia (69) and Emory University (74). Frank was devoted to making life better for those who have the least, providing them with education, food, medicine, and prayer. He was a pioneer in educational technology and was the first teacher in Georgia to use a computer in his mathematics classroom in 1970. By the time Frank retired as Associate Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools there was a computer for each five students. After retiring from DeKalb County, Frank served as a consultant to Bell South helping to develop the educational gateway for the internet. His graduate education, love of learning, and commitment to get technology into the hands of kids in public schools enabled Frank to make a lasting contribution to public education. Frank taught Sunday School for forty years and after retirement joined his wife Gail in directing VBS every summer. Frank loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker, gardener, kayaker, and letterboxer. Frank is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Gail King Barber. He is survived by his children and their families: Jill, Trudy, and Jordan Lee-Barber, Glen, Jen, Tafton, & Tristan Barber, Tom, Lynn, & Nova Ngo, and Abudul Hussain, as well as countless members of his dear extended immigrant family. Condolences can be sent through www.wagesandsons.com; in lieu of flowers, donations to www.heifer.org, www.umcor.org, https://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-atlanta-ga, or the church benevolent fund of your choice can be made. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on 9/5 at Wages in Stone Mountain. Memorial Service will be at 2 pm on 9/6 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, with visitation and reception from 1-2 pm at the church.