Apex Funeral Home

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Barbara "Tutie” Bradford Groce

June 30, 1953July 8, 2019

Barbara "Tutie" B. Groce, 66, of Apex, North Carolina passed away July 8, 2019 after a brief illness with her family by her side. She was a loving and caring wife of 47 years and wonderful mother to three daughters.

Barbara was the daughter of the late Raymond Carroll Bradford. Her mother, Martha Elizabeth (Brooks) Bradford lives in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Barbara was a beloved member of the Raleigh Church of Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina.

She is survived by her loving husband, Terry, three daughters: Susan G. Newnam, Rebecca G. Mahon and Heather G. Leslie, seven grandchildren: William Dean Kirk, Elise Taylor Mahon, Sydney Brooke Mahon, Sarah Elise Kirk, Liam Thompson Leslie, Addison Ray Newnam and Heath Bradford Leslie, one brother, William Harrison (Harry) Bradford and sister Betty Bradford Groce of Fayetteville, Tennessee.

A memorial service to honor Barbara's life will take place Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 3:00pm at the Raleigh Church of Christ, 911 Barringer Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. The family invites all guests to join them for a reception immediately following the memorial service at the Raleigh Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Barbara's honor to the Agape of NC, P.O. Box 985, Wake Forest, NC 27588. https://www.agapeofnc.org/donate



  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2019


  • Reception to Follow


Barbara "Tutie” Bradford Groce

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Vickie Bradford

July 13, 2019

All of my memories of Barbara are of a warm, loving and laughing lady who used her spirit to make the lives of her family and friends much richer. She was creative and generous with her gifts; I still get joy from the crafts that she painted for me. My heart goes out to all of you in her loss; but oh what a blessing she was to have known.

Max & Nancy Bokhoor

July 12, 2019

We just wanted you to know, Terry, how deeply saddened we were to hear of your loss. We are so very proud to call Barbara a friend and cherish the times we spent together. She was one of the kindest and gentlest people that we have ever had the privilege to know. Terry, we feel your pain and sorrow at this difficult time and will continue to keep you and the family in our prayers.
Our sincere sympathy and may you find comfort in the memories you shared. G-d Bless!

Beth Ramos

July 12, 2019

Mrs. Barbara was a very sweet and kind Christian woman. I’ll especially cherish watching her teach Elena and Claire in Bible class. She will be missed but oh how she is celebrating her victory in Heaven.

Nicole Coschigano

July 11, 2019

I loved Tutie with my whole heart. She was a wonderful friend and a shining example of what every Christian woman should aspire to. I loved the many lunches my husband and I spent with Tutie and Terry. We took a congregational trip to the beach once where she taught me to play Chickenfoot. What a hoot and good clean fun. I treasure the pillows and curtains that Tutie made for me. She was so talented, creative and beautiful. I miss her already. Heaven received a very special angel when Tutie arrived!

Joe Harrison

July 11, 2019

May God provide comfort and peace! I have good memories of growing up with the Bradford family. I pray your memories of Barbara will provide special blessings!