Born Jan. 24, 1944 in Barksdale Field, La., Mr. Barfield graduated from Proviso East High School in 1962 in Maywood and Western Illinois University in 1967 with a major in elementary education and a minor in journalism, including communications and theater history.
Mr. Barfield taught in Waukegan before going into retail sales.
He was manager for companies in northern Illinois and New Hampshire.
Upon retiring, he returned to Metropolis.
Survivors include one brother Jackie Barfield and wife Joanne of Pekin; one nephew; one niece; three stepchildren, Deborah Wright and husband Gary, Denise Prater and Michael Provi and wife Kristy; his stepgrandchildren: Alexa, Sydney and Linaya Wright, Brinley and Noah Prater and Addison and Ella Provi; and several relatives who reside in Metropolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Dale Barfield Sr. and Betty Jones Barfield; and his wife, Diane Provi Barfield.
There was no funeral service or visitation.
Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home of Rockford was in charge of arrangements.