Joe Barron, Habitat Greenville Founder, 1952-2016

February 08, 2016

We are deeply saddened at the loss of Joe Marshall Barron, founder of Habitat Greenville, who died on February 8, 2016. Joe served as Habitat's founding Board President and along with his wife, Becky, was a driving force behind the organization for many years.

At Habitat Greenville's 30th anniversary partner luncheon in 2015, Monroe Free, Habitat President and CEO, recognized Joe's contributions to Habitat Greenville, stating, “The success of Habitat is built on the shoulders of its early leaders, like Joe. Joe Barron was an exemplary man, who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of families through affordable housing."

Joe Barron's life was one of service, to both Habitat as well as other organizations in Greenville. He inspired a vast number of Greenville's young men through his leadership of Troop 11 Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. Joe was a devoted and faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher.

Joe left a lasting legacy, for which we and many others in Greenville are deeply grateful.