Barbara Davis Howard

Barbara Davis Howard

August 23, 84,

Barbara Davis Howard, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Wayne UNC Health Care surrounded by her family.

A service to celebrate Barbara’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Nahunta Friends Meeting with Eric Woods officiating. The family will greet friends following the service in Friends Hall at the church. Interment will be on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in Pike Cemetery.

Barbara was born October 22, 1935, in Wayne County to the late John Clee and Blanche Pierce Davis. She has two sisters, Lillian Davis Killos and Alma Davis Mooring. Barbara married Johnnie David (J.D.) Howard April 2, 1961, in Nahunta Friends Meeting. They were blessed with four children, Johnnie Howard (Bettina), Beth Howard Croom (David), Deborah Howard Kennedy (Tim) and Rebecca Howard Jackson (Mike). J.D.’s death was November 12, 1984.

She graduated from Nahunta School, received her B.A. Degree from Guilford College and Master’s Degree from East Carolina University. Barbara taught in the Wayne County School System for thirty-three years. She was a member of NCAE, NEA, NCRSP, and Delta Kappa Gamma where she served as president of the Beta Lambda group.

Barbara was a member of the Extension and Community Association and served as their president for 6 years. She was an active 4-H member and a member of the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club.

As a member of Nahunta Friends Meeting, she taught the Intermediate Sunday School Class for many years and with her husband, J.D., served as the church treasurer. Barbara was active in the USFW and the North Carolina Friends Yearly Meeting serving on various committees.

Barbara was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, working in her flowers and being with her family including her grandchildren: Carrie Croom-Vick (Sean), Casey Croom Schimelfenig (Kyle), Ashley Howard, John David Howard, Hannah Kennedy, Hunter Kennedy, Noah Jackson and Ryan Jackson.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in her memory to Nahunta Friends Meeting, 2537 Hwy. 581 North, Pikeville, NC 27863.

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