MANCHESTER, GA (WTVM) - Former Auburn University Basketball Player Korvotney Barber's funeral took place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at his high school gymnasium in Manchester, Georgia. Barber, also known as Vot by his friends and family, died in an apparent drowning in Panama City on July 21, 2013.
The gymnasium at Manchester High School was filled with countless number of people who wanted to pay their last respect to Meriwether county's legend and beloved friend. Carol Lane, Superintendent of Meriwether County Schools told News Leader Nine that more than 15,000 people had signed the guest book throughout the week.
"He left a legacy here at Meriwether County," Carol Lane recalled. "His first jersey he wore still hangs in the gym. We are proud of him, and he will be missed greatly."
Barber's other mentors and friends expressed their admiration and respect for him.
"I have fond memories of Vot," John Cooper, a basketball coach explained. "He meant so much to us. He was a young man who took a chance on us, and we always had a great time. When you coach someone for four to five years, he becomes more than your player. Vot was my friend and family. He was such a young man who had a great impact on this community and Auburn University."
Jarrod Grace, former men's basketball athletic trainer at Auburn University, also had few things to say about Barber.
"You never had to ask him to work hard," Grace said. "Vot always gave his best, and I think that's what I admired about him. His work ethic motivated other people to do better. I still remember when I saw missed calls on my cell phone…My heart dropped when I heard what had happened to Vot."
Brandon Johnson, a former assistant coach at Auburn University, recruited Barber to Auburn. Johnson explained that he was impressed by his mannerism, motivation and talent.
"Vot was a MVP during games and outside of the court," Johnson explained. "He was such a blessing. Many might think someone as admired and accomplished might be intimidating, but he was just the opposite. He was a mama's boy and daddy's baby. He was sweet to everyone and people of all ages. His family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
The funeral started at 2PM and hundreds of people filled up the gymnasium. Barber's family did not speak at the funeral, but Carol Lane, Brandon Johnson, Jarrod Grace and four other people gave their testimonies and memories they had with Barber.
Barber was 26 years old. He is a native of Manchester, Georgia and attended Auburn University from 2005 to 2009.