Colonel Robert Donald “Donny” O’Barr, 68

Colonel Robert Donald “Donny” O’Barr, age 68, of Valdosta, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at his residence. Colonel O’Barr was in the United States Army National Guard where he was part of the 48th Infantry Brigade, serving for over 33 years.

Colonel O’Barr was born on April 1, 1951, in McRae, Georgia, the son of the late Bill O’Barr and Sue Melvin O’Barr.

Survivors include: his wife, Lisa O’Barr of Valdosta, GA; daughter, Brittany Hughes and husband Aaron of Valdosta, GA; brother, Mike O’Barr of Carrollton, GA; two sisters, Faye Lovelace of Carrollton, GA, and Billisu Pittman of Savannah, GA; awaiting future grandson, Aaron Michael Hughes II; daughter, Darla O’Barr Davis of Chauncey, GA; grandson, Blanden Davis of Chauncey, GA; step-brother, Chip O’Barr of Americus, GA.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Sims Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Chris Caldwell and Pastor Brett Jarriel officiating. Interment with full military honors provided by Ft. Stewart Honor Guard followed at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 8819 Hwy 301, Glennville, GA 30427. The family received friends Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service. Musical selections were “Stroll Over Heaven,” “Jealous of the Angels,” and “Tell Your Heart to Beat by Again” all by CD.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Sims Funeral Home for funeral expenses. 

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Sims Funeral Home of Douglas, GA, was in charge of arrangements. 

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