Adam Todd Barber, 54, passed away Tuesday, August 16th, 2016. He was born October 5th, 1961 to Ivan and Bobbie Barber (Lopez) in Portsmouth, VA.
Adam grew up in Edmond and graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1979. Soon after he graduated high school, Adam attended Central State University where he met the love of his life, Natalie Williams. He graduated from Central State University with his B.S. in Accounting in 1985, the same year that he and Natalie were married and began their life together. Three years after receiving his B.S. in Accounting, Adam became a Certified Public Accountant. He went on to receive his M.B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma in May 1998.
Adam started his accounting career as the Finance Manager at Frontier City in 1986. In 1988, he began working as a Budget Specialist for the Oklahoma Medical Center. In 1990, he joined the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a Budget Specialist. He left OKDHS to work as the Director of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce from 2004 – 2010. He returned to OKDHS in 2010 as the Finance Administrator for Accounts Payable. Adam held various positions within OKDHS and spent 15 of his 30 years of public service as a manager who truly considered his co-workers and employees to be his extended family.
Adam was a devoted husband of 31 years and a loving father of two. He enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, his favorite genre being classic rock. He spent many weekends working around the family home as a handyman, taking great pride in learning new skills. He frequently exercised his culinary skills in the kitchen and loved to cook Sunday breakfast. He took great pleasure in spending time outdoors – fishing and camping with his family and friends. He never ceased to make his family and friends laugh or smile with his quirky sense of humor. Adam was compassionate towards all human beings and made a habit of making lunches out of left-over holiday dinners to personally deliver to the less fortunate.
Adam was a life-long Christian and attended Metro Church along with his family and continued his worship there when it became Life Church. He spent many nights relaxing at home with his wife, children, and numerous pets while watching Netflix documentaries and series. He was always learning and enjoyed having his viewpoints challenged by new information.
Adam is preceded in death by his mother and grandmother, Bobbie Lopez and Margaret Wilmoth, his uncles Larry Cone and Donald Bryant, aunt Gaye Bryant, and cousin Don Gene Bryant. He is survived by his father Ivan Barber and step-mother Penny Barber, his wife Natalie Barber, two children Jessica and Andrew Barber, brother Kevin Barber, Kevin’s wife Denise Barber, Kevin’s step-son and daughter-in-law Trapper and Macy Wilson and their family, Kevin’s son Ben Barber, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and niece.
A celebration of Adam’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK.