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Barbara Porter Barney (Crumley)

Barbara Porter Barney (Crumley)

Notification provided by Mary Hartman Murchison.

Barbara Porter Barney Crumley passed away yesterday, Saturday,  April 25, 2020 in Lincolnton, NC.

Details will follow.

It is with sadness and many fond memories that we offer condolences to Chip and the family.

Charlie Ephland, Chapel Hill, NC

GHS Class of 1962

4/26/2020 6:24:00 PM
Barbara Barney Crumley
October 16, 1944 - April 25, 2020


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Barbara Barney Crumley, age 75, of E. Park Drive in Lincolnton, wife of Charles E. Crumley, died April 25, 2020.

The oldest child of John and Charlotte Barney, she was born in San Marcos, Texas in 1944 and raised in Greensboro, N.C. A graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where her grandfather was a Romance languages professor, she married her high school boyfriend, Chip Crumley, in 1966, supporting him through medical school and beginning her teaching career after taking a Master’s Degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her earliest work was at NC Central University. She stepped away from career to raise three children in Lincolnton, starting in 1975, eventually reentering the workforce, taking management positions at Gordon Crowell Memorial Hospital and then National Fruit Products before returning to her first love, teaching. At Lincolnton Middle and Asbury Middle, she delighted in each one of her students, whether AG or remedial. A participant in several National Endowment for the Humanities residencies, she was among the earliest teachers in the area to receive National Board Certification. She spent her final years volunteering as a guardian ad litem.

A faithful congregant and deacon at First Presbyterian Church, she was also a soprano in the choir for four decades. A constant reader, a needlepointer, a poet, a collector of seashells, Noah’s ark Americana, and “face jug” pottery, she is survived by her husband of 54 years, Chip; her brother, Ronald Barney; her children, Clint Crumley, Todd Crumley, and Sloan Nuernberger; five grandsons; and her cousin, Becky Donahue.

A service will be planned at a later date.

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Crumley family.

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04/27/20 03:00 PM #1    

Charles Michael Patterson (Prentzas)

Have nice, fond memories of Barbara going back to Brooks.-----Charles Prentzas Patterson

04/28/20 07:29 AM #2    

Barbara Jane Massel (Best)

Sending prayers and much sympathy to Chip and family.  We have many fond memories of Barbara and Chip.

Barbara and Richard

04/28/20 12:55 PM #3    

Patricia Diane Lea (Hutchins)

So thankful I was able to see you and Barbara at the last reunion.  Barbara was one of the first persons I met at GHS, having come from Aycock.   Peace be upon you, Chip, and all your family.


04/28/20 01:52 PM #4    

Cameron Wallace Penfield

Barbara was the first girl I ever dated! We went steady before I knew what that meant! She was the bubbly gregarious blonde girl that walked home from Kiser Junior High. After a while I could tell it was Chip that she was most interested in. That was obviously the right choice for her! Her passing really hits home for me! I know Chip`s heart must be broken. God bless you and your family.

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