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Reeves Funeral Home

3308 North Main Street, Hope Mills, NC

OBITUARY

DeLorice Ann Barefoot

October 22, 1950July 23, 2019
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DeLorice Ann Barefoot, 68, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Deenie Barefoot, her son Deenie F. Barefoot (with wife Pagiette); her grandchildren, DJ Barefoot, Savanna Barefoot, and Ronnie Barefoot; her sister Mary Smith (with husband Richard); and her niece Melissa Smith, her nephew Skyler Smith, and her nieces Michaela Smith and Mackenzie Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fulton (Buddie) Starling and Lois Starling. DeLorice was a beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and Sister who will be dearly missed. The service for DeLorice Ann Barefoot will be Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2 PM at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, NC, with a burial to follow at Big Rockfish Presbyterian Church Cemetery. There will be a visitation for DeLorice on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Reeves Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, July 28, 2019

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Mike Voleski

July 25, 2019

My condolences to Ann’sfamily and her Sister Mary. Ann was an angel from God who helped me find my daughter. May she Rest In Peace she was a very special woman

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Biography

      To DeLorice Ann Barefoot, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For DeLorice, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. DeLorice really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      DeLorice was born on October 22, 1950 at Highsmith Hospital in Fayetteville, NC. Her parents were Fulton Levette "Buddie" Starling and Lois Faircloth Starling. DeLorice was raised in Fayetteville, NC. Even as a child, DeLorice had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, DeLorice was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, DeLorice managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. DeLorice was raised with two siblings. She had a sister, Pat Starling, that predeceased DeLorice, and a sister, Mary Smith.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that DeLorice was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, DeLorice simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for DeLorice, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was DeLorice's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” DeLorice graduated from Massey Hill High School in 1969. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Math. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Charles Carr.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made DeLorice very easy to approach. On May 3, 1969 DeLorice exchanged wedding vows with Deenie Junior Barefoot at the Wedding Chapel of Dillon, SC. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason DeLorice related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. DeLorice was blessed with one child, a son, Deenie Fulton Barefoot. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, DJ, Savanna, and Ronnie. DeLorice had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. DeLorice's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play.

      At work, as in life, DeLorice was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. DeLorice liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, DeLorice was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. DeLorice's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see DeLorice as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was an Administrative Assistant. She was employed for 15 years at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in the Food and Nutrition office, for 10 years at Campbell University in the Food and Nutrition office, and 7 years at the Law Office of Roger Compton as an Administrative/Legal Assistant.

      DeLorice enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, DeLorice liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were playing cards, bingo, and spending time with family. DeLorice was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      DeLorice had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, DeLorice's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. In high school, DeLorice was a member of the Math Club. Throughout her later years, DeLorice was an active member of the Girl Scouts as a Troop Leader.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, DeLorice often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, DeLorice was a supporter of the Democratic Party.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, DeLorice recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She attended Tabernacle Baptist Church.

      Living life in the fast lane suited DeLorice just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included trips to the beach, mountains, Disney World, and Dollywood.

      DeLorice was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of DeLorice's favorites was Dee Dee, a French Poodle. They were best friends for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her dog, Punkin, a Minpin.

      DeLorice believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2014, DeLorice took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, DeLorice remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in shopping, playing cards and Bingo, and spending more time with family. Even in retirement, DeLorice continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      DeLorice passed away on July 23, 2019 at at home, due to cirrhosis of the liver. She is survived by her husband, Deenie, her son, Deenie F., her grandchildren, DJ, Savanna, and Ronnie, her sister, Mary, her nieces, Melissa, Michaela, and Mackenzie, and her nephew, Skyler. Services were held at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, NC. DeLorice was laid to rest in Big Rockfish Cemetery.

      DeLorice brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. DeLorice Ann Barefoot lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.