William “Finis” Barr of High Ridge, Missouri, formerly of Steelville, Missouri, was born June 18, 1935 in Davisville, Missouri to Finis “Ed” and Alice Turnbough Barr passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 12 days.
In 1955 he married Wilma Bell. He later married Diane Greenwell in August of 1992.
Finis believed Christians were to worship, praise and serve God.
At 12 years old he played and sang with the Lester Family and Gospel String Band. At age 15 he joined The Happy Rhythm Boys. At 18 Finis attended the Stamps Quartet School of Music in Dallas, Texas. Here he became friends with gospel music legend Bill Gaither. Together they organized the Five State Quartet.
After returning from the school his lifelong friend, Ralph Green, recommended him to Barney Barrow and the Victory Quartet. This association with the Victory Quartet would last over 20 years. Finis would organize and manage The Believer’s of St. Louis in March 1975.
Finis had attended the Freewill Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee. After leaving Nashville, he and his family eventually moved to Hazel Park, Michigan where Finis worked with the youth in Christian Education at the Hazel Park Freewill Baptist Church for four years.
Finis retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1991. After retirement he moved to Steelville, Missouri and eventually sang with several groups.
He was attending Calvary Fellowship Freewill Baptist in Fenton, Missouri the last few years. While in Steelville, he attended Steelville Assembly of God Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Alice Barr; sisters, infant Bonnie Louise Barr, Erma Lee (Jesse) Hogan, and Georgia Marie (Rev. Robert) Hill; and one brother, Ronald Edward Barr.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Diane Barr of High Ridge, Missouri; two daughters, Christi (Lonnie) Morrison of High Ridge, Missouri and Vicki (Steve) Amlong of Fairdealing, Missouri; four grandsons, Eli (Ashley) Peterson, Nathan (Jordan) Peterson, Matthew Morrison and Christopher (Jamie) Morrison; great grandchildren, Kendall, Sayler and Audrey Peterson, Jacob and Weston Morrison and Gatlin Peterson; one brother, Tom (Patty) Barr of Kelso, Missouri; three sisters, Janet (Lindell) Wood of Union, Missouri, Doris (Rev. John) Gibbs and Marilyn (Rev. Donald) Dungan, all of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Joan Barr of Georgia; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020 with Pastor Jerry Beers officiating and Rev. Kenny Simpson reading the obituary and sharing memories. Special memories were shared by his grandson, Matthew Morrison and quartet memories were shared by Ron Scott. Music of “I’ll Fly Away” and “What a Day that Will Be” was sung by the congregation. Special recorded music of “This is Just What Heaven Means to Me”, “Beulah Land”, “While the Ages Roll” and “What Will I Leave Behind” sung by Finis was played. Music of “Family of God” was sung by nieces and nephews, Chris Dungan, Dan and Sherry Camp and Deb Scott and Ron Scott accompanying on piano.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Czar Cemetery in Viburnum, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Tom Barr, Lonnie Morrison, Steve Amlong, Donnie Dungan, Eli Peterson and Nathan Peterson with Matthew Morrison serving as honorary.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.