Barbara Carter SpearsChurch Hill, TN | March 21, 2012
"To God be the Glory"
Barbara Carter Spears – Church Hill, TN
Barbara Carter Spears, 67, Church Hill, TN went to be with her Lord, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at her residence.
Born in Sullivan County, TN on December 5, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Carter and Nell Venable Carter. Barbara was saved at an early age and was a member of Homeland Baptist Church.
Barbara was employed by the Kingsport Press for 29 years. After retirement, she worked as a food nutritionalist at Mount Carmel Senior Citizens Center.
She was very organized and a great planner. She could schedule and oversee any event with ease. She loved her church and was active in visitation, food ministry and the AWANAS program. She and Gary regularly visited the Holston Valley Radiation Center taking snacks donated by the church members. They were also actively involved in their community serving others through "meals on wheels". She was a wonderful friend to all who knew her.
Barbara loved the Lord, and His light shone through her. Her desire was that others would come to accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
In addition to her parents, her grandparents Walter and Effie Venable and Aunt Virginia Venable Odom and husband, T.J. preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband and "the love of her life" as she often said, Gary Spears, Church Hill, TN; daughters, Kim Smith and husband, Sam, Kingsport, TN, Cindy Christian and husband, Mike, Annapolis, MD, and Yvette Spears, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Samantha and Tanner Smith and Madison and Caroline Christian; brother, Walt Carter, Gate City, VA; nephew, Steve Carter and wife, Debbie, Georgetown, KY; and friend, Jayne Wolfe, Gate City, VA; special friends, John and Judy Dixon, Jim and Nelda Culbertson, and Kathleen Smith Heck; along with a host of friends, neighbors, and church family.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor J.W. Depew and the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating. Music will be provided by Damon Depew and Linda Vaughn.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Grady Vaughn, Richard Venable, Jerry Venable, Ronnie Venable, Jack McMurray, Jack Wallen, Jim Culbertson, Alan Cumbow, Ellis Russell, and Jerry Smith will serve as pallbearers. Don Depew, David Ward, Raymond "Windy" Heck, Jan Nichols, and James "Cotton Hensley will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m., Sunday to go in procession to the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Property Fund, Homeland Baptist Church, 2504 Hawaii Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.
The family wishes to express their special thanks to Dr. Delwadia and staff; Dr. Shipstone and staff; along with the staff at Holston Valley Radiation and Oncology, and the staff of Wellmont Hospice for their kindness and care.
An online guest register is available for the Spears family at www.gatecityfunerals.com.
Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Barbara Carter Spears.
CondolencesWalter, Gary and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jim and Louise Elliott King
Posted by: Jim and Louise King, March 30, 2012
Gary & family,
I was sooo saddened to hear about Barbara. We were out of town when we received the news on Saturday. PLease know that you and your family are in our prayers as you go thru the next several weeks and months. There will be a void in our lives because Barbara was such a sweet spirited person!!! I had known her since I was a young girl and she has been so special to our family for over 40 years. We love you Gary and want you to know that you are in our prayers. Love, Rhonda Tommy, Nicole, Meagan, Justin, Yogi, and Toby Hale.
Posted by: RHONDA HALE MCCLOUD, March 28, 2012
Gary and family, we are so saddened to hear about Barbara. Even though we know it is good for her, we know it is sad for the ones that are still here. WE love you and know that we are praying for strength to continue on the journey home.
Love Shirley and Enoch
Posted by: Enoch and Shirley Hubbard, March 26, 2012
My sympathy to all of Barbara's family.
I have fond memories of Barbara!
GCHS Class of 1963
Posted by: F Joe Smith, March 25, 2012
Mr. Carter/ Steve/Gary, Deepest sympathy to all of you/your family for the loss of a sweet Sister/Aunt/Wife Barbara, she was a devoted sister in Christ. We know she is home at last, just waiting for the us to walk through the beautiful gates; Thank you Father God for our Lord and Savoir! Joy cometh in the morning!! Love Lesa Free Ryan
Posted by: Lesa Free Ryan, March 25, 2012
Walter Allen and Barbara's Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Barbara was a great lady. I have fond memories of the good times we had back in the Summer of our Youth. We are praying for you during this time of healing.
Posted by: Brenda & Brownie, March 25, 2012
Walter and Family:
Please accept our condolences regarding your sister's passing. We will remember your family in prayer.
Nadine & Bill Vermillion
Hershel & Betty Baker
Posted by: Pamela Baker, March 24, 2012
Gary and family,
My life has been much richer to have called you all my friends. Barb was one of my dearest friends and brought so much joy to all who knew her. She was such an example to me, and my prayer is that I can be half of the women and servant she was. Looking forward to the day when we all will be home. Love and prayers to you all. May God comfort as only He can.
Love and Prayers
Keith, Sherry, Jairus and Emily
Posted by: sherry mcconnell, March 24, 2012
We are so sorry to find that you have lost your love. We hope that these times will be tolerable and that your family will cling to the wonderful person she was and with faith having the hope of the reunion to come. God Bless you and your family!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Ronnie and Amy Starnes, March 24, 2012
Dear Gary, Kim & Family,
Wanted you all to know you all are in our thought and prayers. What wonderful memories we have of dear Barbara. What a wonderful example she was of a christian lady! We love each of you dearly and are always a phone call away! Can't wait til we see her again!
Love you all
Don & Linda
Posted by: Don & Linda Quillin, March 24, 2012
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,MAY GOD BE WITH EVERYONE IN THESE TIME OF NEED.
Posted by: JOE WAY, March 24, 2012
My heart is broke and yet I rejoice my friend is home! Please know you are in our prayers and we are taking time to thank you Lord for bring someone so wonderful into our lives.We treasure the times we have worshiped together and the times she got to come to the Jubilee that she so loved. Bro. Gary we are sending you a special hug and please if we can do anything for you we are here. For we know " The Birds are singing Somewhere" and that somewhere is where she is....With all our love , Ms. Linda and The Fletcher Family and church family of Dyson Grove Baptist Church Mountain City
Posted by: The Fletcher Family, March 24, 2012
Gary and Family,
Barbara was such a special person.
We loved her so very much. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need us to do anything just let us know. We love you.
Posted by: David,Regina and Blake Barrett, March 24, 2012
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this time and the days ahead. We love you!
"Sarge" & Bobbie
Posted by: Frank "Sarge" & Bobbie Reed, March 24, 2012
Gary and family,
So sorry for your loss. Barbara was a great lady and will be missed. She was always so very sweet to be around.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Jeremy Metcalf, March 23, 2012
Gary and Cindy, Sorry, to hear about barbara she was a very sweet and loving lady. she always came in the valero store when i worked there, before i lost my leg, to see if i was ok. my mom loved her dearly. Barbara will be highly missed in our family. Praying for you all.God less you
Posted by: cindy mullins lane, March 23, 2012
Dear Gary: Our hearts go out to you and your family.
Please know that all of you are in our prayers and thoughts. Barbara was such a lovely, sweet, and Kind person. We are so sorry for your loss. Allen & Jan Lester
Posted by: Allen & Jan Lester, March 23, 2012
Gary and family- so sorry to hear of the passing of Barbara. I always enjoyed being around her because she was such a wonderful person. I have know her since we were in high school aned she has always been the same person. She will surely be missed by all who know her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Myrtle Ledford, March 23, 2012
Gary and Family
So sorry to hear about the loss of Barbara.
You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers
Shirley and Pat Neeley
Posted by: PAT AND SHIRLEY NEELEY, March 23, 2012
So sorry to hear about your wife. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Greg Bernard, March 23, 2012
Praying for you and your family..Love you
Michael,Jennifer,Micah and Trenton
Posted by: Jennifer Turner, March 23, 2012
Gary and family,
My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. Barbara was a dear friend and I loved her dearly.
She was truly a wonderful christian lady and will always be in our hearts. She was a lady all of us should pattern our lives like. She will surely be missed.
Posted by: Paula Sells, March 22, 2012
My family all loved Barbara very much. Her love for our Lord always shone through her. She was a great example to me. We will miss her and look forward to our reunion.
Posted by: Melissa Arnold, March 22, 2012
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