Obituary of Jesse Barfield, Ph.D., CPA
Jesse Barfield, Ph.D., CPA, left this earth to join his Savior, Jesus, in heaven in the early morning of July 1, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine “Cathy”, to whom he was married just shy of 60 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Cristin Barfield Naquin and her husband, Ronald Naquin Jr. His other daughter, Dawn Catherine, preceded him in death roughly one year ago due to COVID. Jesse had six grandchildren: Brittany, Brooke, Brennan, Kloie, Kaiden, and Kolson. Brooke preceded him in passing on to the next life in August 2020.
Jesse was born in Pensacola, Florida, on November 17, 1938. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Coulson Barfield Sr. He is survived by two sisters, Genevieve Barfield Due and Sister Frances Barfield, O.P, and a brother, Albert Barfield. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Mrs. Theresa Barfield Bodette and another brother, David Barfield Jr.
Dr. Barfield was a sportsman, leader, and a scholar. Before attending Pensacola High School, he was awarded the National Rifle Association’s Junior Diploma as a pro-marksman. At Pensacola High School, his achievements included: named an outstanding senior, a member of the National Honor Society, vice commodore of the Junior Yacht Club, and vice president of, “Quill and Scroll”. He was also sports editor of the “Tiger’s Tale”, which was the campus newspaper. He was a member of the track team and tennis team for which he received two sports letters.
After graduating from Pensacola High School, he joined the Army National Guard where he served his country for eight years. He went on to Pensacola Junior College, where he graduated fourth in his class with a 3.4 GPA average. During this time, he was recognized for his leadership and received a medal. While at Pensacola Junior College, he worked two full-time jobs to pay for his education, because his father had recently died and his mother had two younger children to support.
He attended Florida State University, where he studied accounting and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary accounting fraternity. He was also treasurer of Pi Kappa Phi Social Fraternity. While attending FSU, he received an invitation from someone whom he had occasionally dated while attending Pensacola Junior College, Catherine “Cathy” Newmann.
While Cathy was attending Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, Jesse persuaded her to transfer to FSU the next semester. They married in 1962, while both were still attending FSU. Jesse went on to obtain his master’s degree in accounting, while Cathy worked on achieving her bachelor’s degree.
Soon after graduation from FSU, Jesse went to work for the CPA firm, Sheill & Brown. While there, he received notice that he had passed the CPA national exam. During that time, he was asked to substitute teach an accounting class at Pensacola Junior College. He decided that teaching was his calling and soon left Pensacola to be a business manager and teach a class in accounting at the new Florida Keys Junior College. While there, he decided his passion was to teach full-time, so he enrolled at Louisiana State University in their doctoral program. He obtained his Ph.D. in accounting in 1971 and returned to Pensacola, where he taught at the University of West Florida for eight years. He was then offered a position at Loyola University, New Orleans, where he taught for 27 years until his retirement. It was in New Orleans that he also joined the Gideons International Bible Association. While teaching at Loyola University, he co-authored two best-selling textbooks, one in accounting and another in business management. For a period of time, he served as chairman of the accounting faculty but gave it up because he preferred teaching. His classes were always full of students who worked their schedules to be taught by him. Jesse loved all of his students and they returned that love. On May 18, 2004, Loyola University of New Orleans, awarded Dr. Jesse Barfield the status of, “Professor Emeritus”, in recognition of his 27 years of exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service.
Private services were held. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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