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Visitation service for Col. Barfoot, and state flag order

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Mar 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-04 17:07:43-05

Visitation for Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Van T. Barfoot will be held, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bliley’s-Central, located at 3801 Augusta Avenue, downtown.

Col. Barfoot, the WWII vet who fought neighborhood association over flag, died at the age of 92, according to his family.

The funeral services will be held in private. Additionally, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center, located at 1601 Broadrock Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23224.

Under Governor’s orders the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia will be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol building “in respect and memory of U.S. Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, World War II Medal of Honor recipient.”

On Sunday, Governor Bob McDonnell ordered that the flags be lowered at sunrise on Monday, March 5, and remain at half-staff until sunset.

According to the order, the flag will be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the City of Richmond, the County of Henrico, and in any other localities as deemed appropriate in respect and memory of U.S. Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, World War II Medal of Honor recipient.

Below is the obituary for Col. Barfoot.

(USA Ret.), our father, of Henrico County, went to be with his beloved wife, Norma Davis Barfoot and his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday March 2, 2012. Born June 15, 1919 in Edinburgh, Miss. to Sim and Elizabeth Barfoot, he dedicated his life to God, his family and his country. His military career began March 1940 and spanned 34 years, which included him receiving the Medal of Honor in WWII. He was a patriot in every sense of the word. He was devoted to his beloved wife, Norma, who went to be with our Lord March 20, 1992. He loved his four children and their spouses, Van T. Jr. and Kay, Jim and Leah, Odell and Karen and Margaret Nicholls and Roger, in addition to 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings. He is also survived by his sister, Freddie Hall of Jackson, Miss. and many nieces and nephews.

During his life, he touched the lives of people around the world. He will be missed by so many. To Dad: We want to thank you for being our father. We love you more than we could ever tell you. We rejoice you have found ultimate peace.

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