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Barbara Joyce Presnell
Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services
247 North Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, FL
Barbara Joyce Presnell

Port St. Joe - Heaven became a little sweeter on August 16, 2021 as a precious angel made her entrance to her eternal home.

Barbara Joyce Bell Presnell was born on October 24, 1944 in Port St. Joe, FL. She was a lifelong resident and it was there that she met the love of her life, John Bascom Presnell. They were married on April 4, 1965 at the First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe and enjoyed 52 years of marriage prior to his passing away. Her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her husband, children, family and friends could easily be felt by all who met her.

Barbara loved traveling, camping, scrapbooking, fellowship with her Messengers Sunday School class, volunteering reading with the kindergarten classes, Hallmark movies, and Florida State Football. She enjoyed family reunions, holidays, Sunday after Church lunch and joker marble games. She was an awesome cook and hand made the most beautiful personalized cards for special occasions. She carried many titles in her lifetime; Barbara, My Bride, Mom, Momma, My Sweet Sis, Mimi, Momma Barbara, Aunt Barbara, Barbs, and My Forever Friend.

She will be remembered as the woman spoken about in Proverbs 31; honoring her husband, caring for her family, feeding the poor, and reaching out to those in need, caring for the orphans, and sharing her wisdom. She feared the Lord, and her husband and children called her blessed.

Barbara Joyce Bell Presnell was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Presnell; her mother, Dessie Padgett Bell; her father, Lonnie B. Bell, Sr.; and her brother, Lonnie B. Bell, Jr.

Survivors include her children; Keith Presnell (Cathy), Shannon Presnell, Mark Presnell (Aurelia), and Barbara J. Presnell. She is also survived by a brother, Bobby Bell (Bonnie); a sister chosen especially for her Janice Porter (Jim); a brother in law Owen Presnell (June); very special friends Sharon and Temple Watson and Willie Mae Falcon, Jimmy and Melody Stephens; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and family members whom she loved dearly.

The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Ascension Sacred Heart On The Gulf Med Surge Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Dr. Summers, Dr. Curry, Dr. Rodriguez, and the staff for all of the love and tender care that was shown to her during this unprecedented time of Covid.

Donations in her memory may be sent to the Building Fund at the First Baptist Church, P O Box 568, Port St. Joe, FL 32457.

A private service for family only will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Tyndall Parkway in Callaway, Fl, on Friday, August 20th at 3:00 CT. Visitation will begin at 2:30 CT prior to the service. Masks and social distancing are required.

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Published by Panama City News Herald from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, 2021.
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Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services
247 N. Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL
Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services
247 N. Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL
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