Hundreds of people came to Manchester High School Saturday afternoon to remember the life of a former Auburn basketball player. KorVotney "Vot" Barber drowned in Panama City Beach, Florida last weekend.
"Everyone remembers Vot as a basketball player, but Vot was a great man," said a funeral speaker. His former coach John Cooper recalls the night he heard Barber was missing.
"It was certainly sadness, my heart sunk," said Cooper. A passerby found his body on Panama City Beach on July 21st. Barber drowned the day before. The 26 year old played basketball at Manchester High School before he joined Auburn's team. The county superintendent says it was always his dream to play basketball.
"He set a goal. He had a passion and he followed that," said Carol Lane. The parking lot was filled with cars from several different states all here to support the family and remember the life of their friend and teammate.
"He was very soft spoken. He didn't say a lot, but when he walked in a room his smile just brightened up the room," said Jared Grace, KorVotney's former trainer.
Vot is remembered as a great basketball player. He held the first jersey Manchester High School ever retired. His legacy extended to college basketball as well.
"Indeed he was our most valuable player on the court, but I think in life he was just one of the most valuable persons," said Brandon Johnson, KorVotney's recruiter.
Coach Cooper remembers Barber's humility above everything else.
"He was a young man that you could walk up to and just talk to. I can see that big smile right now and those guys getting together saying 'hey man' all the things they used to do," said Cooper. Former coaches and players signed one of Barber's old basketballs which was given to the family afterwards.
Barber played professional basketball overseas after college. He is survived by his fiance Gatina Foy, 2 children and several other family members.
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