Barbara Harris Oldwine
Fischer-Scholder Funeral Home - Binghamton
269 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY
Oldwine, Barbara Harris

Barbara Harris Oldwine, age 91, passed away on Friday, April 18,2014 at Emeritus Assisted Living Facility in Tampa, Florida. She was predeceased by her parents, William A. Harris and Mamie E. Harris and her husband, Cornelius V. Oldwine, Jr., her spouse of 58 years. She is survived by two daughters and sons-inlaw, Eilene Oldwine and Jeremy Carter (Bradenton, Fl) and Valerie and John Barnes (Tampa, Fl); two granddaughters Amira B. Williams (Troy) and Monica B. Lateef (Karriem) and six great grandchildren. She graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She retired in 1981 as a supervisor from the Medicaid Unit of the Broome County Department of Social Services where she gave 34 years of dedicated service. Barbara was a member of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church for more than 80 years where she also served on the Church Vestry. For more than fifty years she was an active member of the Binghamton community. Hers was a life-long, devoted commitment to a belief in freedom, democracy and diversity, underscored by active involvement in professional, civic, educational and community service. She was actively involved in the American Association of University Women, the Binghamton Kiwanis Club, the Urban League, the NAACP, The Broome County United Way, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as a life member, and as a founding member of its local Apalachin Alumnae Chapter. Barbara served on various Boards of Directors. These included the National Board of the Y.W.C.A. (also having served as President of the City of Binghamton Y.W.C.A), The Binghamton Metro-Interfaith Board, the NY State Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society as well as the board for the Broome County Unit. She was also appointed to the NY State Office for the Aging by then Governor Mario Cuomo. In 1990, she became a trustee of and served on the board of WSKG TV. Barbara has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: The National Association of Social Workers' Public Citizen Award (NY Chapter, Southern Tier Division), the State University of NY Board of Trustees' Distinguished Citizen Award, NY Governor Mario Cuomo's African-American of Distinction Award, the NYS Broadcaster of the Year Award, Binghamton's Bicentennial Woman of the Year Award, the Broome County Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, the Citizen Action of New York's Phoenix Award and the American Cancer Society's Saint George Medal. In 1976, she was presented a Key to the City of Binghamton. She was also honored in the 2013 American Association of University Women (AAUW) publication "Remarkable Women in New York State History". The community mourns the loss of this great woman, an advocate for people. She will be remembered at a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. memorial service on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fischer-Scholder Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Chenango St. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main St, Binghamton, NY with the Rev. Dr. David A. Drebert officiating. Interment will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends in the Hoyt Room of the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014.
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Your Mom loved a good party! I'm sure she's dancing all over heaven .... Blessed be the name of The Lord !
Linda Ward
May 7, 2014
Barbara was a loving friend and welcomed me into the Binghamton community with open arms. She made me feel that I was special and adopted my son Khanis as a grand. I will miss her intellectual wit and will never forget how she interviewed me on her television station. When you get Barbara's acceptance to the community you had a seal of approval. May God's grace, peace and mercy comfort the entire family. With deepest sympathy and friendship,
Jewel Hubbard
May 1, 2014
I attended Barbara's funeral service today. She was an Angel on Earth. Her presence was so welcome. My Husband Dan loved her so. He will welcome her in Heaven. I will always remember her accounts of Daughters and Grandchildren. She was an icon in Binghamton.
Joan Ticknor
April 29, 2014
Your mother will be missed not because she existed but because she made a difference. Your mother told me one of you graduate from PENN. I too am a alumni of PENN. Your mother did a good job in encouraging her children to be the best in what they pursued in life . Yours in the struggle Dr. Major Barnett and family
April 29, 2014
To the family,
We were shocked and sadden to hear of Barbara's passing. Seems like we've known her forever. She will be missed.
Frank and Althea Williams
Frank & Althea Williams
April 28, 2014
To The Family,
Barbara will be remembered for her wonderful contributions made to the Broome County community. May the Lord continue to comfort and strengthen the family through this time of sorrow.
Love In Christ Jesus,
Rev. Willie & Jennifer Woolfolk
Rev. Willie & Jennifer Woolfolk
April 28, 2014
Eilene and Valerie,
Please accept my heartfelf condolences for the loss of your Mother....My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Suzanne Alston Moody
April 28, 2014
I loved Barbara so much and I have missed our wonderful lunches and times together these past few years. All that she shared and all that she taught me as a beloved mentor will remain in my heart forever. Love and Sincere Sympathy, Debbie
Debra Morello
April 27, 2014
Ms. Oldwine's spirit will continue to live in my memory as a consistent, positive, friendly, dignified, active role model while growing up in Binghamton. May her family, close, extended, and organizational, feel the impact of her legacy and know the peace of her full life.


Nasha Taylor
April 27, 2014
Oldwine Family……. Your Mother was a courageous woman who will forever be remembered as a pillar of this community. Growing up in Binghamton, every young woman of color knew of Barbara. She was a loving mentor who encourage young women like myself to reach beyond the stars and to understand that “NO” was not acceptable when it came to progress. Your Mother taught us that we could be heard as long as we believed in our cause and we expressed ourselves gracefully. Yes, this meant doing your homework and excelling in your craft.
I have been very blessed in my lifetime to have been surrounded by strong women such as your Mother and I thank you for sharing this jewel with those in our community. Barbara was a dynamic strong female voice and she was our local trailblazer and TV star. She has influenced many along the way and looking at all of you, is proof enough that her legacy will live on forever.
I pray that you find strength in the love of your family and comfort in your faith. Know that we too, share in your loss, but through her, we all have become better people.
Blessing and much love,
Stacey (Van Dunk) Lovett-Pitts
Stacey Lovett-Pitts
April 27, 2014
Mrs. Oldwine was a lovely lady. I remember her at school events, East Jr and North High. She was always friendly, kind, cheerful and encouraging. Valerie and Eileen what a blessing it has been for you to have had your Mom with you for so many years, that is truly a gift from above. I am sure she is walking around heaven greeting all of the Moms from the Great East Side who have gone before her, catching up on all the 'news' on everyone's children and grandchildren. Mother's day is right around the corner and will be a sad one for you, remember all of the 'Good Times' that were shared. My deeepest sympathy to all of you.
Suzanne Legos Carr
April 27, 2014
So sorry to hear of the loss of such a great woman.
Freddie & Pattie (Van Dunk) Cobbs
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 27, 2014
Barbara had the largest heart for humanity but no tolerance for inhumanity. It was a pleasure working with her in Broome County government and a joy to see her intermittently after her retirement. She always had a story about her daughters' accomplishments and joyful stories about her grandchildren. My sincere condolenses go out to her family and I too grieve at her loss
Bruce Cameron
April 27, 2014
This wonder-woman served as an excellent role model in Broome County for generations. Mrs. Oldwine not only talked-the-talk but also walked-the-walk. We have missed her since she moved to Florida but her legacy lives on in our hearts and minds forever. Rest in Peace Mrs. Oldwine....
Christina Archie-Brown
April 27, 2014
My mother, Gertrude Hassett, who is deceased, was friends with your mother and spoke very highly of her. I remember knowing you Valerie, whether it was maybe through our mothers or elsewhere, not sure. May all your loving memories help you through this difficult time. May your mother rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Cheryl (Hassett) Muller
Cheryl Muller
April 27, 2014
I'm thankful to have known Mrs. Barbara Oldwine my entire life. Whether it was our family ties, or seeing her work in the community, she has always been a woman to look up to. Sending prayers and love to the family and friends at this time. Mrs. Oldwine's memory will live on....
Janelle Smith
April 27, 2014
Barbara met the status of legend in our community. With Neil, they gave their insight, their witness, their urgency to help all of us understand our collective potential. I was honored to be her friend.
There's a personal memory also. My mother, now deceased for decades, shared a process of competitive bragging with Barbara about their children as they rode the bus down Robinson Street on their way to work.
My mom loved her too.
Jim and Norma Tallon
April 27, 2014
Mrs Oldwine, you are the best! I so remember how loving, funny and welcoming you were everytime I came to your house visiting Val and Eilene. Yours was a family of love and compassion. RIP sweet lady...
Jerry Parrillo
April 26, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
Mary & Robert Hunter
April 26, 2014
It was delightful knowing your mother, Valerie and Eileen. Her example of principled courage and friendliness will remain in my heart forever. Verne de Bourg
April 26, 2014
Dear Oldwine and Harris Family Members,

We share a sense of loss at the news of Sister Oldwine's passing. She is simply a "person with a living legacy" that will continue on in our many memories of her leadership and commitment to justice for all. We extend our prayers and best wishes for the family for the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. With love, Percy and Annie Pollard
Percy & Annie Pollard
April 26, 2014
I always enjoyed talking with your Mom at GSFH. She had many interesting stories and was always kind to everyone. She was a great asset to our community.
Margaret Mattucci
April 26, 2014
Although I haven't seen Barbara in several years, I have many memories of her and her family. My family used to live near Barbara and she used to babysit me when I was a small child. our thoughts and prayers are with the family
Phil and Marsha Bennedum
April 26, 2014
My deepest sympathies to Barbara's family. I was privileged to know her through board service for Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network and remember her community service tv show from years ago. She was a classy and genuine lady. God bless you, Barbara.
Martha Gosney
April 25, 2014
Mrs. Oldwine was my grandmother's next door neighbor for decades; she's been missed on Gaylord Street for many years. I remember playing with her granddaughters in her lovely home and eating Otter Pops on the back porch. She was a kind woman who always had something encouraging to say to anyone she encountered. Please accept my deepest condolences at this time of sorrow.
Amanda Wilson
April 25, 2014
Barbara was an outstanding member of the Binghamton community for many years and will be remembered for it.
John Coleman
April 25, 2014
Barbara was truly a person that I admired. I served on several community committees with her over the years and am proud to say that I knew her. She was an asset to Broome County.
Joe Holleran
April 25, 2014
I was honored to serve with Barbara on the NYS Division American Cancer Society Board of Directors. She was both a mentor and friend. May God bless and keep her. Condolences and prayers for her family.
John Bullis
April 25, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jacki and Steve Taylor
April 25, 2014
She always was fair and returned every phone call. She's on a new call from above. RIP Barbara
Nick Brewster
April 25, 2014
To the Family:
You will never walk alone. I am convinced that Barbara had an abundance of love and friendship to share with all of us. She touch many people in the community by sharing her life opportunities in hopes of helping others define the road they wanted to travel.
To know Barbara was in deed a privilege. She was always willing to share her love, support and knowledge. During trying times in my life I never felt alone because I looked forward to daily phone calls from her. The grace that she shared with me will always be remembered and stored in a special place in my memory bank. From this point on in her journey I know that she will continue to walk and talk with the angels. My blessings to you all and thank you for sharing Barbara with me.
Brenda Brown, DST Apalachin Alumnae Chapter
Brenda Brown
April 25, 2014
Eilene and Valerie,
Your mother was a gifted and dedicated woman of great courage and strength. She was also a kind friend to my parents. Vivian Thompson Finkelstein
April 25, 2014
Such a remarkable and kind lady. May her accomplishments and memory serve as an inspriation to us all. Condolences to her family in their time of sorrow. God Bless.
Stephen Comency
April 25, 2014
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