Cary Hightower Barksdale Sr. of Paces passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. He was born in Danville on Nov. 21, 1941 and was 80 years of age. He was the son of the late Charles Beverly Barksdale and the late Mary Schofield Barnes Barksdale. He was married to Marsha Jeter Barksdale who survives.

He was a life-time member of Mercy Seat Presbyterian Church. By God’s grace and blessing Cary spent his entire life on the family farm. He cared for his cattle, enjoyed the beauty of Virginia from horseback, loved his children and adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Cary Hightower Barksdale Sr. is survived by his wife, Marsha Jeter Barksdale of the home; his children, Beverly H. Barksdale Osborne, Elizabeth P. Barksdale, Brooke Barksdale, Cary Hightower Barksdale Jr. and Nat Barksdale (Emily Pool Barksdale); grandchildren Matthew Clay and wife Samantha, Nicole Roach and husband Chad, Jeremy Baker, Lauren Wilbourne, Charlie Barksdale, Ashlyn, Luke, Eli Barksdale, and Brooklyn Jade Brown; great grandchildren McKenna and Grady Clay; and one brother, David White Barksdale.

He was preceded in death by siblings Ann Meeler, John and Charles Barksdale.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Mercy Seat Presbyterian with the Pastor Richard Henderson officiating. Burial followed in church cemetery. “Rain will be welcomed.”

The family received friends at his home.

For memorials, consider the Halifax County Future Farmers of America, or Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department, 1002 Melon Rd., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.