OBITUARY

Karen Barbee

September 23, 1949July 22, 2020
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Ms. Karen Barbee, 70, of Clayton, North Carolina, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. Karen was born on September 23, 1949, in Charlotte, the daughter of the late Marjorie and Gary L. Ashford, Sr. She graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 1967 and received a BA from East Carolina University. Karen retired after working many years in the Office of Student Financial Aid at East Carolina University. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and playing games, especially Upwords. She loved beach music and shagging. Her greatest joy was her family, and she adored her granddaughter.

Ms. Barbee is survived by her son, Scott Barbee (Sunisha); granddaughter, Kinsley Barbee; siblings, Gary L. Ashford, Jr (Hope) and Robin Tomei (Rick); nieces and nephew, Kathleen Sterling (Josh), Kristine Kazian (Brian), Brent Tomei and Katelyn Smith (Ryan) and two great nieces, Caroline and Kira Sterling.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1 PM at McEwen Funeral Home at Sharon Memorial Park with a memorial service and interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, July 27, 2020

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Deborah Hefner West

July 30, 2020

Karen and I were good friends in high school...when I looked at the picture of her at high school age, I can remember her laugh. Comfort and prayers for your family.

Rita Farmery

July 27, 2020

I worked with Karen at ECU. She was a dedicated, hard-worker. She had a good sense of humor. Thinking of her family and friends.......Rest in Peace, Karen.

Linda Henderson Hylton

July 23, 2020

So sorry to hear about Karen's passing. All of the family are in my prayers. God will get you through this.

Linda Henderson Hylton

Joe Sailers

July 23, 2020

Sorry to here my prayers are with you and your family ....

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