Bill  Barden
Bill Barden

December 29, 1934 - February 24, 2019
Born in Richmond, VA
Resided in RICHMOND, Virginia
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William E. Barden Jr., 84, of Chesterfield, Va left this life on February 24, 2019 to be with his wife, Betty; two sons, John Armour and Eddie and many other family and friends. He is survived by his remaining children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews who were like his own children and a host of family and friends. Born in 1934, Bill (or Billy as he was known to most people) grew up in the shadow of the Great Depression in a large, loving, working class family. The youngest of eight children, he lived through and enjoyed sharing about a period of great historical change and experiences, such as the installation of the telephone in his neighborhood and desegregation. A graduate of the Corp of Cadets at John Marshall High School, Bill enlisted in the Army and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. Returning home, he joined the Richmond Bureau of Police rising to the rank of Lieutenant. Retiring after 31+ years, he felt his greatest achievement was helping the many officers he supervised achieve their career goals. Never one to sit and idle, he cooked chicken for Ukrop’s for a while and then joined his wife, Betty, at Coopers & Lybrand accounting firm as a File Room Supervisor. They both retired together as they entered their sixties. In “retirement”, they both began their life’s work in many different charitable missions. They were active with their church home, Belmont United Methodist Church, all their lives where they were known for making sure there were plenty of coffee and donuts for everyone on Sunday mornings and live nativity scenes every Christmas. They were also active members of the Richmond Emmaus Community and all its associated ministries. Bill participated in the Ruritan Club, drove the Belmont Church bus to make sure anyone who wanted to be at church could be there, helped with Camp Rainbow, a ministry for developmentally delayed adults, and Kairos, a prison ministry program. In the last years, he was most active with the food pantry at Belmont United Methodist Church now known as Belmont Community Resource Services @BCRSRVA. As his remaining, official children (David, Beth and Amy) we know that our Dad is happy to be with his heavenly family. We will miss him greatly but are comforted because our parents shared their faith with us and made sure we had all that we would ever need. Please join us in honoring our father by caring for each other and by investing time, talents and/or resources in the many organizations named above that were special to Betty and Bill or to others that speak to your spirit. A memorial service will be held at Belmont United Methodist Church, 3510 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23234 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00AM. Instead of flowers, please consider bringing or sending stories to share honoring Bill Barden and/or donations to the food pantry and Belmont Community Resource Services.

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Belmont United Methodist Church
3500 Broad Rock Road
Richmond, VA US 23234
Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00 AM