Bonnie Sue (Smith) Barbee, age 89, of Woodleaf, N.C., departed this world from her home in Rowan County, on March 26, 2022.
Bonnie was born on August 23, 1932, in Davie County, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Walter Duke Smith and Mae Omie (Cranfield) Smith. In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Freda Whitaker, her three brothers, Kimber Asbury Smith, Robert Lee Smith and Dewey Elton Smith, and two sisters, Annie Mae Palanski and Mary Pauline Smith. Granddaughter April Whitley.
In life, Bonnie attended school in Cooleemee. She chose a career in the textile industry where she was a sewer. Bonnie worked with Haines Hosiery and Mono Leigh Sewing until she chose to stay home and raise her children. Bonnie was of the Methodist faith and was a member of The Arbor United Methodist Church (formerly Gay’s United Methodist Church) in Salisbury, N.C. In July of 1960, Bonnie married the love of her life, Frank Barbee. Bonnie enjoyed being a mother, maintaining her home, cooking and sewing, but most of all, she loved her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
Bonnie is survived by her loving husband, Frank Barbee of Woodleaf, a son, Michael Barbee (Deana) of Woodleaf, a daughter, Susie Whitley (David) of Woodleaf, grandchildren, Josh Barbee of Tennessee, DJ and John Whitley of Woodleaf, and Melissa Barbee of Woodleaf, great grandchildren, Emory Stephens, Cali Whitley, Connor Whitley, Julie Watkins and Emily Watkins.
A visitation for Bonnie will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at The Arbor United Methodist Church in Salisbury from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Following visitation at 2:00 pm a funeral service will take place, also at The Arbor UMC. On Tuesday, April 5, Bonnie will be laid to rest in Salisbury National Cemetery, the service will begin at 11:00 am.
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