Rachel Love Barbee

September 7, 1938November 18, 2018

Rachel Love Barbee, 80, passed away on November 18, 2018 at her daughter’s house in Atlanta, GA after a short but intense battle with lung cancer. Born in Asheville, NC, Rachel is survived by her children Leigh Ann Groome and Robert Groome, her grandchildren Michael Groome and Giordano Bonora-Groome and her cherished dog Alfie. She was predeceased by her sister Belinda Gamble and her husband, Paul Barbee.

Rachel retired as Vice President of Wachovia Securities (formerly Interstate / Johnson Lane) after more than 25 years with the organization. She was a great beauty, in body and spirit --an artist and kind person who spread joy and laughter into dark corners, who sent gifts for no reason at at all, someone who maintained a positive attitude through adversity and illness. Rachel loved flowers and good food, travel, conversation and, above all, people, regardless of age, circumstance or lifestyle.

We are celebrating our beloved Rachel Barbee's life at a Memorial Service on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2 o'clock at the Wilson Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. At a later date, Rachel's ashes will be scattered across the North Carolina mountains she adored.

We request that donations honoring Rachel's memory be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 7, 2018

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Sandra Crouch

December 6, 2018

Thinking of you and all the wonderful times we have had in High School and in the Sansouci Days. What great special and meaningful times we had sharing together, laughing and growing in friendship, especially at our beach days together at Gloria's cottage. Lovingly, I lift up the beautiful Spirit of Rachel~~
Love Phil and Sandra Crouch

Elizabeth Clarke

December 1, 2018

Rachel was an enormously beautiful and generous woman and one I was privileged to call a friend. She loved entertaining and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Neighborhood Diners in Ansley Park that I organized. As a fellow widower she was very supportive when I lost my husband and her invariably positive attitude about life was an inspiation. She loved people and when talking with you made you feel as though you were the last most important person to her at that time. At one point I had gifted her a Celtic shawl and for years afterwards she would make a point of telling me how much she loved it and wore it. I will miss her enthusiastic optimism and friendship most acutely.

Pam Breen

December 1, 2018

Dear Leigh Ann,

I am so very sorry to learn about Rachel’s passing. The last time we chatted, it was in preparation for your Paris trip. She talked about the wonderful restaurants, a favorite one that you were revisiting, new clothes Ordered for travel, how much fun she was looking forward to! I will always keep her in my heart. I am thinking that this trip was such a gift.
Please know that I am sending my love and condolences to you and your extended family. She is already missed!

Susan Dyer

November 30, 2018

My heart friend, words could not begin to honor or express the true beauty, grace, generosity, life, love, laughs, and respect you shared with everyone. My heart aches but will never forget the life I had the blessing of sharing with you. My thoughts and prayers to your family and Alfie. You will never be forgotten.


November 25, 2018

Dear Leiann, Michael and Bo,
Words cannot begin to express how very sorry we are to hear of the passing of my "BEST FRIEND" and person that was like the "SISTER", I never had. The last time I talked with her; she was telling me about the trip to Paris, and what a wonderful time the two of you had, and how special it was to spend that time with you.

We know she will be greatly missed by Family and many friends.

You have to know she is in a better place with no more pain and worries.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Love to you all.
Roy & Gloria Creasman
Surfside Beach, SC