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Norman James Barfield

September 29, 1940 — July 13, 2023

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Norman James Barfield was a self-made man who loved God, life, and all God’s people and creatures. He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and caring friend to many. He never met a stranger, saw the good in everyone he met, and could enthrall you with stories. During his career he carried out television camera production, taught high school, practiced law, then spent most of his working life as a homebuilder as owner of Barfield Building Company. He started in Houston, where he was one of the six original custom builders in 1974 in The Woodlands, Texas. After the oil woes of the early Eighties, he moved his company to the Dallas/Fort Worth area west of the airport, building there for 25 years before he retired. Norman was always a voracious reader, loved history, and re-read The Book of Mormon in the last months of his life.

Norman was born in Pittsburg, Texas, September 29, 1940, to John Wilson Barfield and Florence Velma Poulson. He was the third of five children, and his father soon moved the family to the West Texas oil field town of Monahans, where Norman grew up, starred in football, and graduated from Monahans High School in 1959. He graduated from Texas Western College (now The University of Texas at El Paso) in 1965, and South Texas College of Law in 1973.

Norman loved travelling, with family and friends. On cruises he saw many wonders including the House of Mary above Ephesus and on another cruise the Panama Canal. There were multiple extended trips to Costa Rica and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Norman was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a past member of The Greater Houston Builders Association, the Fort Worth Builders Association, and the Grapevine Rotary Club. He served as President of the Certified Master Builder Corporation, Fort Worth, 2001-2002. In June Norman was recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a 50 Year Lawyer at a celebration in Austin.

Norman died peacefully at his home in Grapevine on July 13 at age 82. He leaves behind his wife, Marcia, son, Warren and fiancée Allison Treta, daughter-in-law, Clair Barfield, grandchildren Kyle Barfield and Kaley Barfield, sister and brother-in-law Karel and Randy Kimbrough, two great- granddaughters, and numerous treasured nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister, and his beloved son Mark in 2019.

Services will be held July 27, 10 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, with visitation there starting at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Grapevine Cemetery. Lucas Funeral Home is providing services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Global Missions fund of the First Methodist Church of Grapevine, or a charity of your choice.
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Visitation

Thursday, July 27, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church of Grapevine

422 South Church Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

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Funeral Service

Thursday, July 27, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church of Grapevine

422 South Church Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

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Graveside Service

Thursday, July 27, 2023

11:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

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