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Basil Duke Barr, II.

Basil Duke Barr, II., age 88, 116 Rocky Branch Road, Elizabethton, passed away on Saturday , May 27, 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of North Carolina but lived most of his life in Tennessee. Basil was a son of the late Basil Duke Barr, I and Mable Phillips Barr. He was a United States Marine Corps Veteran having served during the Korean War. Corporal Barr was awarded the Korean Ribbon with three stars and the United Nations Ribbon. Mr. Barr retired as a Ranger from the United States Forest Service with over thirty years of service in NC, GA, AR and TN. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Elizabethton. Mr. Barr was a member of the VFW and Elk’s Club.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Basil Duke Barr, III on November 18, 2014 and one brother, Winfred Barr.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of fifty-nine years, Shirley Ramona Sheppard Barr; one daughter, Nena L. Reynolds and husband, Dean of Johnson City; one sister, Nena Barr Shepard of Clearwater, FL; one granddaughter, Dakota Reynolds; one nephew and three nieces.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, June 2, 2017 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate. Military honors will be rendered by the Boone Dam VFW #4933. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 2:20 P.M. on Friday.

Flowers will be accepted, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Barr to: Tennessee Wildlife Federation, 300 Orlando Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209 or donate online

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Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Barr family. (423) 743-1380.