Fred Barber was a good listener, and that’s what made him a good salesman, said those who worked with him. Barber, a longtime agent with the local F.C. Tucker/Huber Realtors agency, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer.
He was 57, "He taught me a lot more than I ever taught him,” said Kevin Eastridge, who manages the local Tucker office. "He was a good listener and he knew his business,” said Eastridge. "I have never met anybody who didn’t like the guy.”
Barber had worked for F.C. Tucker/Huber Realtors since 1970, managing the office for a portion of that time. In his most recent position, he served as president of the company’s commercial division, winch was started in 1990. Barber also participated in Tucker’s annual program on the state of the local real estate industry. “He was the star of the show,” said Eastridge. "This year’s show (Feb. 15) will be the first one without him.”
Barber was diagnosed with cancer early in 2000. By mid November, he had to stop working. McDonald’s restaurants and Brake Supply Co. were among some of his biggest commercial accounts. He was serving as the president of Indiana’s Commercial Board of Realtors. He also was a life member of FC.. Tucker’s President’s Club, and in 1993 he was named Commercial Associate of the Year for the EC. Tucker’s Affiliates Division. Barber was also a past director of the E vansville Board of Realtors and past director of the Evansville Service Corp.
Surviving are his wife, Anne (Haynes); a daughter, Allison Myers of Lexington, Ky.; two sons, Bradley of Evansville and Stephen of Coral Gables, Fla. ; a brother, Phillip of Tennessee; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel, with burial in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11:30 am. until services on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in California