Community remembers Danville pastor, Robert "Brother Bob" Barber

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Danville lost a legendary reverend over the weekend. Reverend Robert Barber Jr. died Saturday at 90 years old.

"If you could say Danville had a pastor he was it," says Barber's brother, Doug Barber.

Family and friends of Reverend Robert Barber Jr. say he lived a good life. He was known by everyone as "Brother Bob."

He served as a pastor at Tabernacle Church in Danville, and hosted the Tabernacle Time on WAKG for more than 50 years.

The station manager at WAKG says she'll miss him.

"Everything. His smile. His crazy jokes," says WAKG station manager, Sherri Duarte.

She says he always dressed very classy. One day she told him he was on the radio and no one could see him.

"But the Lord can and he is well worth getting up, putting in the effort and getting dressed for," he told her.

Barber's brother, Doug Barber, says he wasn't just a good pastor. He was an all-around good human-being.

"The Bible says a good name is rather to be had than great riches. He had a good name. I've never heard anyone speak negatively, or cruelly, or harshly about Brother Bob," he says.

Barber says everyone should be more generous and loving like his brother.

"When he showed up in heaven on Saturday afternoon I wouldn't be surprised if the line did not have thousands of people in it welcoming him because of his influence," he says.