1939 - 2016
harles Walker Barbee Jr., M.D., 77, of Columbia, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
Graveside/interment services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, N.E. Seventh Street, Antlers, Okla. with the Rev. Caesar Rentie, Dallas, Texas, officiating. A reception will follow the service.
Dr. Barbee was born on July 2, 1939, in Hugo, Okla., to Thelma Rae (Hendrix) Barbee and Charles Walker Barbee, Sr. He was reared in Antlers, Okla., where he grew up with his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Pattye Lee Perryman.
Dr. Barbee was an all-district and all-conference football player. He was the Oklahoma state champion baritone player and was selected to attend Oklahoma Boys State. He and Pattye graduated from Antlers High School together. Dr. Barbee moved to Norman, Okla., to attend the University of Oklahoma. While attending college, he and Pattye married on Jan. 30, 1960. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year.
Dr. Barbee graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1961 obtaining his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and he was a “walk-on” to the University of Oklahoma Sooner football squad his freshman year.
He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, graduating in 1965, from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Okla.
After receiving his M.D., Dr. Barbee accepted a one-year rotating internship at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Barbee was accepted into the residency program for general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Barbee was drafted, via service deferment until completing his residency, into the U.S. Army. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp as a Major and Chief of Surgery in Fort Stewart, Ga., and Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1970 to 1972.
After serving the country he loved, Dr. Barbee began private practice in Columbia in 1972 and served patients in Columbia and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years with privileges at the following facilities: Boone Clinic, Boone County Hospital (n.k.a., Boone Hospital Center) serving as its chief of staff in 1992 and 1993, Columbia Regional Hospital, St. Mary’s Health Center and Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Lake Ozark General Hospital, Cooper County Hospital in Boonville and Moberly Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Barbee was double-board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He received his certification in endovascular surgery from the Dorros Feuer Foundation in Milwaukee, Wis., and he was licensed to practice medicine in five other states: Oklahoma, Minnesota, California, Colorado and Georgia.
He was a founding member of Boone Clinic on Keene Street in Columbia, Mo. He and a number of prominent physicians in Columbia also founded and established Missouri Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons (MCTS), a group of surgeons and cardiologists concentrating on open-heart bypass surgeries and a variety of vascular surgeries. Dr. Barbee was president of MCTS and was on the team that performed the first open-heart surgical procedure in Columbia at Boone County Hospital. He was a founding member of the Missouri Heart Institute and served on its Board of Directors.
Dr. Barbee established the vascular testing lab at Boone County Hospital and was its original medical director. He was the editor of the Boone Clinic Bulletin. He was a representative of the Boone County Chapter of Blood Services Committee to the Missouri & Illinois Blood Services. And he was a member on the following Boone County Hospital committees: Cardiac rehabilitation, transfusion (Chairman), cardiopulmonary care, laser, continuing medical education (CME) and credentials (Chairman).
He served as councilor on the Hospital/Medical Staff Section with the Missouri State Medical Society. He was a clinical consultant with Atrium Company and IMPRA (n.k.a., Bard). And, he was a founding member and board of directors member of the Central Missouri Physicians and Surgeons Association, as well as serving as secretary and chairman of its credentials committee.
Dr. Barbee was a supporter, member, diplomat, fellow, executive and office holder on numerous boards and of many councils, societies and associations: Doctors Mayo Society; Mayo Alumni Association; Priestley Society; American Board of Surgeons; American College of Angiology, Chest Physicians and Surgeons; American Heart Association’s Stroke and Cardiovascular Council; American Medical Association; American College of Physician Executives; American Thoracic Society; Boone County Medical Society; Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society; Missouri State Medical Association, Missouri State Surgical Society and Missouri Thoracic Society; Pan-Pacific Surgical Association; St. Louis Vascular Society; Society of Non-Invasive Vascular Technology; Southern Medical Association and Southwestern Surgical Congress.
Dr. Barbee gave multiple speeches and presentations and published a variety of articles on vascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, ventricular septal defect, myocardial infarction, reno-vascular hypertension, endarterectomy and sequential bypass for lower limb salvage, abdominal aortic aneurysm, stroke, coronary artery bypass grafting, atherosclerosis of intestinal arteries resulting in chronic ischemia and many more.
Although health issues prevented Dr. Barbee from performing surgical procedures, his wealth of medical knowledge and continued interest in staying on top of the advances in medicine led him to become involved with the Board of Healing Arts in Jefferson City until the time of his death.
Dr. Barbee was an active alumnus of the University of Oklahoma and its athletic department and also a proud supporter of the University of Missouri’s athletic department, holding season tickets for both basketball and football for more than 20 years. He was a Very Distinguished Fellow of the Jefferson Club, a member and tennis committee member of the Country Club of Missouri, a member of Columbia Country Club, University Club and Rotary Club.
Dr. Barbee loved football, snow skiing, the mountains, music, the theater, fine wine, cognac, martinis, cigars, tennis, golf, photography, reading, learning, his children, his grandchildren and he had a great interest in his family’s genealogy.
Dr. Barbee is survived by his wife, Pattye Lee (Perryman) Barbee; his three children, Sam Charles Barbee, Ann Rebecca (Barbee) Ruether and her husband, Daniel Edward and Adam Victor Barbee and his wife, Kelley Scheidegger; and, his seven grandsons, Charles Walker Barbee, III, Joseph Conrad Barbee, Jackson Elias Barbee, Andrew Victor Barbee, Benjamin Louis Barbee, Eugene Francis Ruether, III and Victor Charles Ruether; his sister, Carolyn Ann (Barbee) Cooper and her husband, William Thomas; his aunts Inez June (Anderson) Hendrix and Willie Rae (Smith) Hendrix; his sister-in-law, Reba Jo (Perryman) Houston; one half-brother-in-law, Otis Earl Del Torto; and, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Era Mae (Shrode) Hendrix and Lewis Harvey Hendrix, Willie Gertrude (Sammons) Barbee and Richard Victor Barbee; four uncles, Stacey Lewis Hendrix, and “father figure” uncles, Billy Sam Hendrix, Loyd Lee Hendrix and Randolph Joe Key; two aunts, Mary Elaine Barbee and Annie Ruth (Hendrix) Key; two half-brothers-in-law, James Tossell Del Torto and Bedford Merle Del Torto; his mother and father-in-law, Minnie Beatrice (Tims) and Newton Perryman; one brother-in-law, William Lee Houston; and, one nephew, Lee Edwin Houston.
Pallbearers: Charles Walker Barbee, III, Joseph Conrad Barbee, Jackson Elias Barbee, Andrew Victor Barbee, Andrew Don Robinette and Eli Cooper Flinn.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by contribution to the Missouri Heart Institute, 1601 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo., 65201, or can be sent to Burkhart Funeral Service of Antlers, 715 E. Main St., Antlers, Okla., 74523.
Originally published in the Columbia Tribune.