Mrs. Barbara Ann Poarch

November 4, 1935April 6, 2019

Lenoir-Mrs. Barbara Drum Poarch, 83, of Lenoir, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 at her residence.

Mrs. Poarch was born in Caldwell County on November 4, 1935 to the late Reuben Drum and Virginia Rowe Drum.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James F. Poarch, a brother; David Drum and a sister, Joyce Hall and her husband Hal.

Barbara was a loving wife and mother. She retired from blowing Rock Furniture and was a dedicated member of Colliers United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for over 60 years, was a member of the UMW and was also a Sunday School Teacher for many years.

Those left to cherish her memory include her devoted children; a son, Chris Poarch of the home, a daughter; Donna Rae Bumgarner and husband Randy of Lenoir, a brother, Perry Drum and wife Marilyn, sisters-in-law; Mary Sue Drum, Christine Secreast and husband Jim, Sandra Poarch, two grandchildren; Dustin Bumgarner and wife Melanie of Granite Falls, Brock Bumgarner and wife Meredith of Hickory, great grandchildren; Emma, Sydnee and Maddie.

Also left to cherish her memory are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A graveside service to honor Mrs. Poarch will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Colliers United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Lori Ann Bowen officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Colliers United Methodist Church, in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to The American Diabetes Association at 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Pendryโ€™s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Barbara Ann Drum Poarch.


  • James F Poarch, Husband
  • Virginia Rowe Drum, Mother
  • Reuben Drum, Father
  • Chris Poarch, Son
  • Donna Rae Bumgarner, Daughter
  • Mrs. Poarch also leaves behind two grandchildren; Dustin Bumgarner and wife Melanie of Granite Falls, Brock Bumgarner and wife Meredith of Hickory, great grandchildren; Emma, Sydnee and Maddie.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Receiving of Friends Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mrs. Barbara Ann Poarch

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Caroline and Hal Pope

April 8, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Stan Smith

April 8, 2019

Thinking of you all in the days to come. I have the most wonderful memories of Barbara and James! Love to you all. Wish I could be there in person but know that I am there in spirit! May she rest in total peace!

Senator James T. Broyhill

April 8, 2019

Great Lady, Great Family.... We have so many memories of them all...
Jim Broyhill

Tina Roach Rader

April 8, 2019

Thinking of your family at this sad time and in the days ahead. Prayers going forward....

Mary Miller

April 8, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. May you find peace & comfort during these difficult days ahead. The greatest thing is knowing she is healed & re-united with your Dad.

Your family has such great & beautiful memories to hold on to.

Sorry I can't be there, just know you all are in my thoughts & prayers.
I love you all!

Mary Miller

Tony & Wendy Crump

April 8, 2019

Chris and Donna Rae, I have such fond memories of growing up in the neighborhood and the very special bond that we shared with your mom and dad. Your mother was a wonderful person and a very strong and devoted mom. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you

Tony Jenkins

April 8, 2019

Thoughts and prayers.....Tiny Poarch and Donna Rae Poarch along with the Poarch and Bumgarner families....Special folks.

Keith Secreast

April 7, 2019

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful Aunt and person.