As they lived together for the last 57 years, they died together this week.
Geneva died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the Bridge of St. Joe Nursing Home in Port St. Joe, Florida, after a 3-month illness.
Hugh Barfield passed away Friday, April 23, 2010, in Gulf Coast Hospital suffering from complications after a four year bout with lung cancer.
Geneva was the second child of Broward and Thelma Wood and was raised in the Calhoun and Gulf County areas. She graduated from Port St. Joe High School. She met Hugh in Calhoun County, where he was born the baby child of Charlie and Winnie Barfield and lived during his early adult life. Soon they became friends and married prior to his deployment overseas to Okinawa with the U.S. Army. After Hugh departed from the Army, he left Blountstown to go to Birmingham, Alabama, to gain employment with US Steele. The next news from him was he was in Gary, Indiana, where he was indeed working with US Steele. He was employed with the company for 30+ years before his retirement. Geneva over the years worked in various grocery stores as cashier and in automotive factories as an assembler. During their lives in Indiana, they made numerous friends and had two daughters, Jo Ann and Betty Sue.
Geneva was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, Arland Wood and Marvin Wood; two sisters, Wanna Grace and Clarice Vessels; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by one sister, Mary Moore, special nephew Roy Lee Moore, and several nieces and nephews.
They are survived by two children, Jo Ann Rogers and husband, Buddy, and Betty Sue; grandchildren, Kenneth Ardire, Renee Combs, Dawn Tillquist and Christopher Tillquist; two great-grandchildren, Jessica Tillquist and Zander Ardire.
Graveside services began at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Memorial Cemetery, on Highway 71 south of Blountstown with the Rev. Joey Etheridge officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th Street, Panama City.
All local services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch Chapel.