April 3, 2022, 75, Bucklesberry –
Angela Denise Parker Barwick, 75, peacefully exchanged her temporary life for life eternal on Sunday, April 3, 2022 while surrounded by her family. Angela was born in Lenoir County to the late William Andrew Parker, Jr. and Mollie Olivia White Parker on September 6, 1946. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Tom Barwick; and a brother, W.A. Parker, III.
An avid fan of Duke basketball, her home was filled with memorabilia celebrating the best basketball team in the ACC. When there was a game being played, she was no doubt their biggest fan, cheering them on from her home. Though recognizing other teams strive to be the greatest of all time, Angela knew there was one team whose shade of blue pales in comparison to the Duke Blue Devils.
The beauty of God’s nature was best experienced for Angela as she headed to the water with a fishing pole in hand or tended to her meticulously kept yard. Rounds on the lawnmower took her far beyond the yard, as her mind wandered to far-off lands in imagination and enjoyment. She made sure her shrubbery was well-maintained, her driveway swept, and everything was kept in its correct place. The flawless appearance in her yard mirrored the tidiness of her house, where even the dog was trailed with a wipe of the mouth following each drink of water.
While shopping was a favorite pastime and any place would do, no place compared to a trip to Wal-Mart. The trip alone was enough to bring a smile to Angela’s face.
Always up to something, Angela loved making people laugh. Life was more enjoyable when taken lightly, and Angela made sure that nothing ever got too serious. Her cheerful spirit and outgoing personality made her an instant friend to all with whom she came into contact.
Fellowship with friends was a highlight for Angela, especially when meeting over good food. She loved any time that she could get together with family or friends, and took every opportunity to do so. She and her friends kept many local establishments in business through their consistent patronage. From breakfast at Buddy’s to supper at Sandpiper, Murray’s, or enjoying Chinese takeout, Angela made her rounds through the town as she socialized with friends.
Possessing a generous and devoted spirit, Angela exhibited care to many in her life. She was the primary caretaker for her aging mother-in-law and helped her to live out her days in her own home. When sickness came upon her husband, Tom, Angela was there to be the indispensable caretaker. When a blood drive was being held, Angela took every opportunity to give the gift of life. Appropriately named “Angela”, she was an angel on earth to many, and her vast collection of angel figurines was minuscule compared to the acts of kindness she exhibited throughout life.
A longtime member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, Angela participated in many of the ministries of the congregation. Always present when the doors were open, you could find Angela singing praises in the choir and encouraging others as they shared their gifts as well.
A service of love and remembrance will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Flynn officiating. Committal will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Angela believed her family was her greatest blessing. She is survived by her children, Michael Barwick and fiancé, Tammy Tesh, David Barwick and wife, Ginger, and Kevin Barwick and wife, Tammy; grandchildren, Chelsea MacKenzie and husband, Russell, Kellie Harris and fiancé, Austin Head, Robbie Harris and wife, Keri, Todd Brady, Jr. and wife, Samantha, Amber Brewer, Tristen Naquin, Brian Horrell, Jr. and girlfriend, Kylie Beach, Christian Barwick, Jared Barwick and girlfriend, Tela, Cameron Barwick, D.A. Rhoades and wife, Elizabeth, and Brian Rhoades and wife, Daylen; great-grandchildren, Farrah, Julie Ann, Reed, Arizona, Kayleigh, Adrianna, Clara, Jamison, Elias, Easten, Hunter, Tristian, and Brian, Jr.; brother, Dennis Parker and wife, Linda; sister, Catherine Langston and husband, Steve; beloved dog, Marshall; and many special friends, including Donald and Vickie Merritt.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home.
A note of sincere thanks is expressed by the family for Dr. Mishab Qadir, Sherry Smith, and their medical staff, Community Home Care and Hospice, and the many loving members of her church family at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Stanley Sutton, 1832 Sutton Shortcut Road, La Grange, NC 28551. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.