Beatrice Barber

SHELBY - Beatrice Lavon Degree Barber, 52, affectionately known by family and friends as "Sister" and "Bea," of 1639 Friendship Road, peacefully parted this world to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. She was born on Oct. 4, 1961, in Shelby, the youngest daughter of the late Ruth Mae Blanton Degree and the late Judge Jr. Dawson. She later met and fell in love with her husband of twenty-one years, Elton Maurice Barber.
"Bea" was a dedicated and faithful member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, where she joined at a very young age. As a youth she was affiliated with the Junior Ushers, Youth Mission and Youth Choir. During her young adult and adult walk with the Lord, she served in the following ministries: Deaconess, Sarah Black Mission, Youth Director, Education Director, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Vacation Bible School Director and Assistant Church Clerk at present. She especially enjoyed working with the youth programs assisting and encouraging them to give their lives to Christ and accept Him as their Savior. As the Youth Director, she challenged the youth to respect all adults' authority, love each other, and strive in education to the best of their ability, with their goals being to go to college and succeed in life.
Beatrice graduated from Shelby High School in 1979, where she was a member of the track and field team. She graduated from Gardner Webb University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.
Beatrice began her career at the Department of Social Services in Shelby as an intern while in high school. She continued to advance in various positions and remained employed for 32 years as a Child Support Enforcement Agent until her untimely death. She was also employed part-time as an Adjunct Instructor in Office Systems Technology at Cleveland Community College.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one niece, Monica Stevenson.
Beatrice is survived by her husband, Elton M. Barber; one daughter, Maegan Ruth Barber of the home, whom she loved dearly and was very proud of and her accomplishments; god-parents, Dr. Hugh and Ellen Farrior of Black Mountain; three brothers, Charles E. Degree (Mary), Steven Degree (Sherry Ann) and Howard Nickles, all of Shelby; one sister, Janice Degree Dickens (Herbert) of Lemon Grove, Calif.; two god-sisters, Jeanette Ross Davis (Andre) and Gwen Freeman Macopson, both of Shelby; god-children, Tiwauna Allen of Lanham, Md., and Sara Harper Ramseur, Christiana Taylor and Jayden Sanders, all of Shelby; nieces, Mechelle Degree McKenney (Todd) of Raleigh, and Adrienne and Danielle Barber of Hillsborough; nephews, Montrose "Monty" Degree and Lawrence Dickens (Andrea), both of San Diego, Calif., Orienthial Degree (Chantelle) and Michael Degree, both of Shelby, Stephen Barber of Hillsborough, and Michael Barber(Jennifer) of Charlotte; three brothers-in-law, Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr. (Renée) of Hillsborough, Dr. James Bernard Barber (Corinthia) of Durham, and Howard Craig Barber (Cassandra) of Carrboro; and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends to cherish the memories of her life.
God also blessed Bea with several special friends during her walk with God. They are Jeanette Davis and Susie Sanders, both of Shelby, Darrell and Yvette Haley of Upper Marlboro, Md., Toranda Williams, Sheila McCain, Karla Haynes, Fred and Wanda James, Dr. Charles and Mrs. Laura Lampley, Attorneys Ralph and Loann Meekins of Shelby, and Kay Howell of Waco.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral service: 1 p.m. Thursday at Shiloh Baptist Church
Officiated by: Pastor Danté Murphy
Burial: Sunset Cemetery.
Funeral home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that monetary donations be made to Elton M. Barber Scholarship Fund In Memory of Beatrice Degree Barber, c/o The Bank of the Ozarks, 106 S. Lafayette St. Shelby, NC 28150.
Online condolences: www.enloes.net

Funeral Home

Enloe's Mortuary
231 North. Lafayette Street Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 487-9598

Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 19, 2014