Richard Barney was born on September 6, 1942, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the third child of Eppie and Eula Mae (nee: Portis) Barney. They lived in Birmingham until 1948 and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
Richard worked for Lincoln Electric and Ford Motor Company for 20 years each as a journeyman electrician and over the years became an accomplished electrical contractor. He later earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in electric and electronic engineering technology from Cuyahoga Community College and founded BAM Electrical. At BAM electrical he successfully bid on residential and commercial contracts including his largest project, phases 2 and 3 of the Earle B. Turner Recreation Center. In 2009, he was recognized as an honoree for Who’s Who in Black Cleveland which acknowledges the most impactful leaders in our community. Richard was a hard worker and a successful entrepreneur, and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he loved and leave to mourn him.
He was preceded in death by his parents (Eppie and Eula Mae), brother Eppie Barney Jr., sister Joann (nee: Barney) Williams and son Michael Barney. Richard passed away peacefully, Monday October 18th, 2021, at 4:20am at the Gardens of McGregor and is survived by daughter Angela Marie Barney; brothers James, Aderion, Marvin and Melvin; grandchildren Gabrielle, Brandon, Noah, Alexander and Leah; and a host of nieces and nephews.