Benjamin Barefoot Obituary (1951-2021) – Greensboro, NC
Barefoot, Benjamin “Frank”
February 28, 1951 – September 9, 2021
Greensboro, NC – Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Barefoot passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of September 9, 2021.
Frank was born on February 28, 1951 in Raleigh, NC, to the late Raymond Vernon Barefoot and Elizabeth Whitehurst Barefoot. He graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1969. In 1973 he received a bachelor’s degree in English from NC State University. He later earned a Masters Degree in English and Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.
In 1978, Frank began a 40-year career as a reference librarian with the Greensboro Public Library. In his role as Government Liaison Librarian, he was known for his expertise in obtaining and accessing information and documents from all types of government agencies. Because of his professionalism and patience, those who didn’t know or couldn’t remember his name affectionately called him “Library Man”.
In addition to his other duties, he served for many years as an election worker in Guilford County and has served as Chief Justice of the Precinct G13 for the past several years. After his retirement he was briefly involved in the volunteer program for income tax assistance (VITA) until health problems came up.
As a gifted musician, Frank played the violin with the Philharmonia of Greensboro for over 30 years. Occasionally he also served as a soloist in church services in his own church, the Jamestown Friends Meeting, and as a guest musician at the First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. He also served Jamestown Friends by singing in the choir and serving on finance, construction and real estate committees at various times. He was a man of faith and a firm believer in the power of prayer.
Frank’s love of music included country and bluegrass as well as classical and sacred music among his many talents and interests. An avid sports fan, he was considered to be his beloved NC State Wolfpack and the Atlanta Braves baseball team. In addition to his family and friends, to whom he was always kind and extremely generous, his greatest loves were his rescue cats Jacques & Pierre.
Frank leaves his sister Lydia Sue Cammann and her husband Doug of Apex, NC, as well as many beloved cousins on the Barefoot and Whitehurst side of his family. Although he was retired, he kept in touch with his “work family” with whom he shared many fond memories, including travels both within the United States and overseas.
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. The service is broadcast live. For those attending in person, COVID-19 precautions, including wearing masks and social distancing, will be followed. He is buried in the Montlawn cemetery. A memorial service at the Jamestown Friends Meeting will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jamestown Friends Meeting, 509 Guilford Rd., Jamestown, NC 27282; First Presbyterian Church, 112 S Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601; or The Greensboro Public Library Foundation, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401.
Montlawn Funeral Home
2911 S. Wilmington Street
Published by Greensboro News & Record on September 13, 2021.