The Honorable William Henry Barbour, Jr., 79, died on Friday, January 8, 2021, at his home in Yazoo City. Funeral services will be held on Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City at 2:00 p.m. with burial to follow in Glenwood Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/FPCYAZOO/.
Judge Barbour was born on February 4, 1941, to Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Barbour of Yazoo City. He graduated Yazoo City High School and then The Lawrenceville School prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Princeton University where he lettered in football and was a member of The University Cottage Club. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1966, and he also attended the Graduate Tax Program at New York University School of Law. A third-generation attorney, Judge Barbour returned home and practiced law with his father and cousins in Yazoo City until he was appointed as a judge to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. He served as Chief Judge from 1989 through 1996, took senior status in February of 2006, and retired in 2019. During his tenure with the District Court, he dutifully served his country and oversaw the construction of the Thad Cochran United States Courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
While at Ole Miss, he met Stewart Fair of Louisville, Mississippi, and they were married in 1965. They had three children: Margaret Fair Barbour Hurst, William Henry Barbour, III, and Charles Frank Fair Barbour. After Stewart’s death, Judge Barbour met Sherrie Kenworthy of Memphis, Tennessee through mutual friends, and they were married in 2009. Sherrie and her family were a blessing to him, and he loved them dearly. Judge Barbour was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder for many years. Judge Barbour pursued life with a passion enjoying his family, especially his grandchildren, and his friends, traveling, flying, hunting, horses, and woodworking.
But most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior, and we take great comfort knowing that we will see our dad, grandfather and friend again in Heaven.
Judge Barbour is predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Stewart Barbour, and his brother, McBee Barbour.
He is survived by his wife, Sherrie Kenworthy Barbour; his children, Fair Hurst (Paul), Will Barbour (Nicki), Charles Barbour (Laura); Sherrie’s children, Lauren Anne Kenworthy and
Forsyth Kenworthy Whittington (Jim); grandchildren, Mary Stewart, Genevieve, and LiddyHurst, Laurie, Anna Fair and William Henry Barbour, IV, and Jane Gray, Charlie and Meg Barbour, all of Jackson, Will Kenworthy, Mallory and Meredith Halliburton, Townes, Rowan and Palmer Whittington, all of Memphis; his sister Genevieve Barbour and sister-in-law, Linda Kay Barbour, of Winona; and multiple nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to either Lifeline Children’s Services, 2624 Southerland St., Jackson, Mississippi 39216; or First Presbyterian Church, 231 S Washington St, Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194