Dr. Susan Grace Barfoot, a long-time resident of Montgomery County, was born August 24, 1946 and stepped into heavenly eternity December 21, 2020.
She was welcomed home by those that went before her: mother, Elma Youngblood Barfoot; father, Woodrow Barfoot; older sister, Rebecca Barfoot Shifflett; her nephew, Matthew Blue; sister-in-law, Julia Williamson Barfoot and brother-in-law, Russell Shifflett.
She leaves behind a large legacy of loved ones including her siblings: Paul Barfoot (Aline), Joel Barfoot (Sherry), John Barfoot (Gaye) along with her sister Kathy Barfoot Blue (Bubba) and countless nieces and nephews who adored every moment with her. Bonnie Eakins (Bob)- Hope, Caleb, Joshua, Serenity, Joey, Joy, Faith, Noah, Matthew and Liberty. Dottie Figueras (Victor) – Stacy Jones. Will Barfoot (Kathy)- Reagan, Bankston, Ellie, Jeb, and Erica Deloney (Richard)- Bowen and Anne Carter. Charlotte Barfoot Strakos (Dany)- Robby and Ranger. Chenoa Barfoot Vick (Jeff)- Abbie, Sarah, Rebecca, and Hannah. Austin Barfoot (Sandy)- Bailey, Bella and Bennett. Katie Blue Griffin (Ashley)- Kate. Jeremy Barfoot (Crissy). Ryan Barfoot (Gracie)- Macie and Andie Grace.
Diagnosed with polio at six years old, she was told her life span would be short. However, for another 68 years she was an unstoppable force; facing many challenges with a gracious spirit and a joyful heart.
She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s, and Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Alabama and spent 50 years of her career serving others. Before retiring from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010 she was a pioneer in the development of social work practice in rural and medical settings.
She was active in the passage of the Alabama Social Work licensure law, licensed at every level of private practice for a social worker and was also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. While at the VA she relentlessly worked with veterans and their families to ensure their needs were met. She served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund and in 2011 she was inducted into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame.
Susan was also a professor at the University of Alabama’s Master of Social Work Program. Anyone who ever came in to contact with her knew the kind and calming disposition she had that could make you feel at home. She served and loved others unconditionally, always pointing them to Jesus. She faced the world with a sort of joyful defiance.
Despite whatever was thrown at her she would persevere with a smile on her face and love flowing from her heart while selflessly trying to brighten the lives of others. This was evident in every part of her life. She made strangers feel like friends and friends feel like family. Her love of life knew no bounds or confinement to a wheelchair, as she went parasailing and traveling across the country.
She was a massive Alabama football fan, but in true peacekeeping fashion, would also cheer for Auburn every game…except for in the Iron Bowl. She was a fierce and independent thinker who loved to read and had a gift of teaching others. Her “can do” spirit and relentless independence inspired everyone around her.
She grew up in Brewer Memorial Church in Cecil, Alabama, was a former member of Druid Hills United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa and was a long-time member of Capitol Heights Baptist Church in Montgomery before recently joining Thorington Road Baptist Church.
The world is dimmer with her passing, but her love and spirit will surely shine through those that loved and cherished her. The lessons and love she freely gave will be enough to warm their hearts until they meet again on the other side of eternity. Susan’s life is proof that with God all things are possible.
The celebration of Dr. Susan Barfoot’s life was held at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery on Saturday, December 26, 2020. Visitation was from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the service immediately following at 11:00 a.m.
A private family graveside service was held at Montgomery Memorial Cemetery. The service was live streamed on Facebook. See Leak Memory Chapel Facebook page.