Virginia Proffitt Barlow

August 21, 1933March 29, 2013
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Virginia Proffitt Barlow, 79, of the Happy Valley community, peacefully passed away March 29, 2013 after battling a diligent and lengthy illness. Mrs. Barlow was the 11th of 12th children born August 21, 1933 to the late Thomas E. & Lillian Culver Proffitt in Banner Elk, NC. She also precede in death of her husband of 45 years, late James (JD) Barlow and brothers, Fred, Donald, Edward, Chester, Tom and Bill Proffitt and sisters, Grace Proffitt, Margaret Graybeal & Bettie Bryant. A talented seamstress, she retired from Nitso Corporation and won many 1st place ribbons at the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair for her handmade garments, crafts and can goods. She was also past president of the Blackstone Homemakers Club and helped publish two cookbooks. To cherish her memories are her daughter, Karen Barlow and grandchildren, Alexia Melonie Dillard and Drake Montana Dillard all of Lenoir. Also her sisters, Mary Norris of Lenoir, Frances Bryant of Collettsville, as well as, many nieces and nephews. Of Baptist faith, a celebration of Mrs. Barlow’s life will be held Tuesday, April 2nd at 2pm at Yadkin Baptist Church in Patterson with Rev. Robert Livingston officating. Family will receive friends 6-8:30 pm Monday at the church. Interment will be at Nelson’s Chapel Baptist Church cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Michael Mitchell, Grady Carswell, Jason Barlow, Bryan Barlow, Lonnie Dillard and Trace Triplett. Honorary pallbearer will be Drake Dillard. The family would like to thank Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care staff, Gateway Nursing, Lenoir Healthcare staff, Patty & Ricky Greene and Gene & Sadie Woods for all their time during this enduring illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645. Pendy’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Virginia Proffitt Barlow.


  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Melonie Harmon

April 2, 2013

So sorry I couldn't be there with you, but am with you in spirit, Cousin Karen & Alexia. Love you. Prayers are with you all. Aunt Virginia was very special to me, and I have loving memories of her & JD. Peace be with you.


Gail and Gary James

April 1, 2013

Dearest Karen, Alexia and Drake, we continue our prayers for your comfort and wish your family healing in the days to come. You have given so much to Virginia during her life, and expecially during her illness. Being cared for and loved as you have done for mom and grandmother is the utmost that can be given. Know our love and thoughts are with all of you. Gail and Gary James

Kim Roberts

April 1, 2013

Karen, Im so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Vicky Lail

April 1, 2013

From her obituary, I can tell she was a remarkable woman. Wish I could have known her. Prayers are with you all.

Caldwell Opportunities

April 1, 2013

Dear Karen: All your friends at Caldwell Opportunities send you good thoughts and prayers. We miss you.

Karen Barlow

April 1, 2013

Mama, You were an amazing woman! Always helping those in need and I carry on that tradition. You were our rock always been there when we needed you. It was truly a blessing to have you as a mom and friend. We had our moments like all mother and daughters, but we grew closer as we got older. Now take your journey to the golden streets of heaven and may you and daddy continue your "honeymoon." Love you always and forever. Your only child, Karen Denise Barlow

Donna Nichols

April 1, 2013

Thinking of you during this difficult time. You had the most amazing parents. I know they are happy together again. Love you.

Beverly and Terry Downs

April 1, 2013

May the precious peace that comes from Our Lord be with you.

Martha Turner

April 1, 2013

Karen and family, I wish to express my condolences in the passing of your mother, grandmother, sister, etc. I know this is a hard time for you all but also you have the assurance that God will provide that grace that you need during this time. Sending my love and prayers to you all.
Martha Bryant Turner, Lenoir

Randall Greene

April 1, 2013

My heart goes out to you and your family
May God give you peace at this time