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Murray Kosiol Barnard, 88, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Marian Peacock Barnard, died Sunday evening, September 22, 2019, in Savannah, Georgia.

Born in Waycross, Georgia, he was the son of the late Charlie Oliver Barnard and the late Hattie Smith Barnard. Mr. Barnard was a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, where he was active in Interfaith Hospitality Network and was a former Sunday school teacher. He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. Mr. Barnard earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. He was a retired partner with Barnard & King Architects. Mr. Barnard was a forefather to Habitat for Humanity where the Murray K. Barnard Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in his honor. He was a former President of the American Diabetes Association of Georgia and a former active member of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Estelle Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marian Peacock Barnard of Savannah; one daughter, Rebecca Gaudry and her husband, Alan, of Melbourne, Florida; three sons, Murray K. “Butch” Barnard, Jr. and his wife, Sandy, of Huntsville, Alabama, Steven R. Barnard and his wife, Kay, of Rockledge, Florida, and Joseph “Joey” C. Barnard and his wife, Debra, of Savannah; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty McCuller of Waycross, Georgia, and numerous nephews and one niece.

The memorial service, with military honors, will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, September 28, 2019, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church conducted by The Reverend R. Kevin Kelly. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church – 3101 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404-6259 or Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity – Post Office Box 13211, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0211.

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  1. Van Chatraw says:

    On behalf of Butch’s company ERC, I extend our deepest sympathy to the Barnard family in the loss of Butch’s father. My pray is for comfort for the family and peace that Mr. Barnard is resting happily with his Savior.

  2. ken young says:

    Murray, was the consummate Sunday school Teacher: you could always feel the Super Natural Power of the Holy Spirit in his class, what a joy and understanding that Murray and Jesus created in our class!!

  3. Kathy and Mac Farr says:

    Our memories are of watching the Auburn games with him at the Savannah Auburn Club viewing parties. What a wonderful man and Auburn alumni! Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

  4. Keith Wilson says:

    Murray was a giant of a man in a small package! He will be greatly missed by our whole family and everyone at St. Michaels. Go with God, Murray.

  5. Bill and Hiede Steinhauser says:

    Murray will be missed. We have known him since our membership with him and Marion since the days of Holy Apostles Episcopal. May God bless him and his family

  6. Alice and Alex (Bubber) Hodges says:

    We remember with affection Murray, Marion, and their children from our years at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. Murray was an honorable man and will be remembered as such. Our condolences to his family.

  7. Carolyn McCuller, Halo and Megan says:

    We’re so sorry for your hurting. Praying for God’s comfort, strength, and grace for the entire family over the next days and weeks.
    Koz is joyously worshipping his Savior along with Perry and so many of the family members who went before them. God’s abundant blessings on you all.

  8. Alderman Van R. Johnson, II says:

    Savannah is forever better because of Mr. Barnard! A knowledgeable man of integrity, Mr. Barnard lent his considerable skill and talents to various non-profits and was particularly helpful to me during several very contentious issues before the Savannah City Council.

    My sincere condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all who knew and loved him like I did.

    God Bless.

  9. Nick Mueller says:

    I became friends with Joey in college – and therefore got to know his family during that time. I cannot remember a time when the front door was not opened and I was not greeted warmly-welcomed in and offered a glass of tea and something to eat. It was like I had known them my whole life. True Southern Hospitality and love.
    Mr. Barnard was always welcoming and was glad to offer advice and kind guidance. He was supportive and more like an Uncle to me than my own. He and Marian were fixtures at our annual Fourth Of July celebration along with Joey, Debra and Reagan- it was a pleasure to be able to celebrate with them and to return a very small amount of the hospitality that I learned from their home.

    He will be remembered lovingly and fondly.

    We offer our Love to Marian and the whole Family- Nick and Tracy Mueller

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