Barbara Jean Faircloth Garrison

July 26, 1937October 4, 2020

Barbara Jean Faircloth Garrison died on October 4, 2020. She loved her husband Charles and all children. She taught her children to respect all people, insisted they attend church even when on vacation. Barbara laughed heartily. She had a huge heart. She loved birds and flowers and all of God’s creation with the sole exception of snakes. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, four children, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren along with nephews and nieces, and friends from around the world. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters.

On July 26, 1937, Barbara was born on a farm outside of Pinehurst, North Carolina to Pete and Gladys Faircloth. She was raised in Moore County, except for a few years during World War II, when her family moved to Wilmington so that her father could work in the shipyards. While a student at Pinehurst High School, she was a cheerleader and began dating her future husband when they were both in the tenth grade. In 1955, she graduated from high school and later that summer, three days after she turned 18, she married Charles Albert Garrison. The couple would have four children, Charles Jeffrey (Donna), Warren Albert (Sheri), Sharon Kaye and David Thomas (Monica). Raising children meant she could no longer worked outside of the home, but for some years she kept children for others, which also provided her own children with additional playmates. Barbara was a devoted mother and willing to sacrifice much for her children.

In 1963, the family moved to Petersburg, Virginia and in 1966, to Wilmington, North Carolina. Barbara would live most of the rest of her life in Wilmington. She loved the beach. In the late 1970s, she joined her older children in college, but after a year put her studies on hold as she moved with her husband and younger son to Japan. Returning to Wilmington, she continued her studies and graduated with a social work degree from UNCW in 1985. She worked in this field for a few years but quit when she realized it kept her from traveling with her husband in his work. She and Charles again moved overseas in the late 1990s. This time it was to South Korea, where she made many friends. In 2000, Barbara and her husband moved back to Wilmington for retirement. Her love for children was evident with her volunteer work while overseas. In Japan, she taught English in an orphanage, and while in Korea taught English to children at an afternoon program in Korean churches. After her children left home, Barbara became active in volunteer work, especially at Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, Deacon and as a leader of the Young-at-Hearts program.

Barbara loved her 7 grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. The grandchildren are Craig, Kristen, Thomas, Caroline, Elizabeth, Jonathan and Clara.

In the summer of 2005, just before she and Charles celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Over the next few years, her memories began to fade. She was cared for at home by her husband until 2014, when she was moved into Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove.

The family would like to thank all the care givers who tended to Barbara’s care during the last years of her life. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Cape Fear Presbyterian Church or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (hospice). A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at Oleander Memorial Gardens for family, officiated by Jonathan Watson.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020


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Bill and Roberta Garrett

October 6, 2020

We celebrate Barbara's life by remembering the good times we shared. Memories carry on forever.

Our heart goes out to Charles and Family.

Becky Pennington

October 6, 2020

Dear Charles and family,
I met Barbara and Charles while attending Cape Fear with my Mother Dot Pennington. You both were so nice to me and Dot.
Barbara was a wonderful, loving woman and I know she will be missed. I bet she and Dot are in Heaven talking about the Bible.
You're all in my thoughts and Prayers. God be with you all.
Becky Pennington

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