Betty Culbreth Barnwell

February 18, 1927March 3, 2013
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Mrs. Barnwell, 86, affectionately known as “Miss Betty”, died peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at The Haven, Pineville, North Carolina after a brief illness. She was born February 18th, 1927 in Shelby, North Carolina, the second daughter of the late Essie Allen and Fred Pearson Culbreth. The family moved to Charlotte shortly thereafter, where Betty attended Wesley Heights grammar school, the old Harding High School and Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina. In 1947, she married Herbert Eugene Cline, Jr. (1917 - 1978). They made their home in Columbia, South Carolina for 18 years where their two sons, Herbert Eugene Cline III and Joseph Griffith Cline were born. The family returned to Charlotte in 1968. In 1978, Betty married William Habersham Barnwell (1921 - 1980) and made her home in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Betty returned to Charlotte in 1987 to be near her sons and family.

Betty was a proud and devoted mother who enjoyed her family and large circle of friends. She was incredibly compassionate, understanding and always had a way of finding the best in everyone. Her strong faith helped guide her through difficult times, and was always the guiding force in her life. Her beautiful smile, the joy of her spirit, the twinkle in her eyes, will be deeply missed, along with her words of support and encouragement. She was most fulfilled by her work as a “Pink Lady” at Presbyterian Hospital and Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

She is survived by her sons, Herbert Eugene Cline III and wife Diane of Charlotte, and Joseph Griffith Cline of Heathrow, Florida; her sister, Doris Culbreth Dixon; her two brothers, Fred Pearson Culbreth, Jr. and Joe Allen Culbreth, and their wives, Ann and Diana; nieces, nephews, many great-nieces and nephews; and three black and tan dachshunds; “her granddogs”, Baron, Eva and Roscoe.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013 at Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. The memorial service to honor Mrs. Barnwell will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, March 6th in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be private.

Family and friends will be received following the service at Believers Bible Chapel, 13531 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte, 28134; where the family requests that memorial contributions be made.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Ashley Thigpen

March 15, 2013

I can remember going over to the house as a 5 year old and having Betty let me sit on the vacuum as she did her house work.

March 6, 2013

Bob & Talli Sutherland

Doris Robertson

March 6, 2013

This is a message written by a long-time friend of Ann and Fred Culbreth. While I did not personally know Betty, there is no doubt that she was a lovely and devoted family member. I hold Ann and Fred in such high esteem that I want to send a personal note of sympathy for the devoted family members who are experiencing grief and sadness. However, this should be a time of celebration for a life well lived. Sending my sympathy, especially to Ann and Fred Culbreth.

Doris Robertson (and my husband, Ernest)

March 5, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about "Miss Betty's" death. My parents originally met Betty in a mall walking group several years ago. Over the years, they became friends and, although I never met Betty, I feel as though I did as they mentioned her frequently. She was just that kind of person that great stories are made of!!!! I know my parents truly thought the world of her. She must have been a very special soul. I am so sorry for your loss but I am certain there are several smiling folks in heaven today.

Bonnie Gardner

March 5, 2013

Our deepest condolences to the family. She was a beautiful, kind and happy person. We will miss her phone calls and wonderful baked goodies. She was a treasure to know and we were fortunate to call her a friend. The family of Harrell Gardner.

Carole Dorsett

March 5, 2013

Dearest Gene, Diane, Joe and all,

We all lost a little piece of "heaven on earth" when God took our precious Betty home. God lent all of us an "angel" to plant a seed" and convey His message of salvation to all.

We all are blessed that Betty crossed our paths--she loved everyone and never knew a stranger.

You know WHERE she is--what a giant of a lady that God shared with all of us.

Love and prayers, Carole Thigpen Dorsett and Leon Dorsett

Douglas Allen

March 5, 2013

We will miss Miss Betty as a neighbor and as a friend. You were just the Rita kind of person our little area needed. Thank you, Betty, for all y ou did for us. Your smile made life easier after my accident.

Katie Tice

March 4, 2013

She was a very sweet lady. The world will miss her smile

March 4, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I know losing a loved one is tough. My prayers go out to the family. May you draw close to God at this time.

Ann and Todd Hicks

March 4, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.