Barbara Ann Bunn Tetterton
October 6, 1936 – May 1, 2023
Barbara Bunn Tetterton died peacefully on May 1, 2023 at the age of 86. Barbara was raised in the New Hope Community by her parents, Bertis and Voncille Bunn. Barbara grew up appreciating the value of hard work, the love of family, and the importance of serving God and others.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Cindy Tetterton and husband, Larry E. Tetterton. Her surviving family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Allyson Tetterton of Wake Forest and many nieces and nephews.
Barbara’s life was dedicated to the service of others and her community. Following graduation from Bunn High School, Barbara attended Louisburg College where she met her future husband, Larry E. Tetterton. Barbara attained her Associate’s degree from Louisburg College in 1956.
After serving as an Administrative Assistant for North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services for over thirty years, Barbara retired. While working a public job, Barbara also served as the “General” of the family ensuring the household was maintained, Duane was shuttled to and from numerous sporting events and school activities, while serving as the supportive wife of a military man. She jokingly stated she was a “General” as a means of outranking her husband Larry who was a Colonel. This joke was frequently referenced by family and military personnel alike in conversations over the years. In all honesty, those who serve in the military never serve alone for the spouse is always ever present to fill in at home when those serving are called to duty or for training. Barbara never complained about the time Larry spent with the military as both she and Larry felt it an honor and duty to serve our country.
Barbara was dedicated to her beloved New Hope Community and Franklin County where she has resided most of her life. She was a member of the Senior Democrats of NC. The Democratic Women of Franklin County presented her with the Outstanding Woman of the Year award in 2006. She was also the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award from the State of North Carolina, which is the highest award honoring civilians for their service. This award was presented to Barbara by Governor Mike Easley. Barbara enjoyed playing in two different bridge clubs and line dancing with a ladies’ group. Her line dancing group performed at the NC State Fair numerous years. Barbara also supported the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Louisburg and one could regularly find her in attendance of the many shows offered at the JPAC. One of Barbara’s greatest loves was that of her garden. She would be outdoors tending to her flowers most days. In addition, she was a member and past President of the Bunn Garden Club where she enjoyed the annual plant sale, interactions with the members, and repotting of plants as a group. Barbara made many acquaintances in the Bunn Garden Club where she shared her knowledge of plants and flowers. When Barbara wasn’t outside, she was cheering on her NC State team. She and Larry were season ticket holders for both football and basketball and rarely missed a game. When they could no longer attend in person, they would be certain to watch the games on TV for they both were avid NC State fans.
New Hope Christian Church was an important part of Barbara’s life as she was a Christian in every sense of the word. Barbara served as a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher. At one point, she was a member of the choir and chimer group. For many years Barbara has been a Coordinator for the telephone tree and Flower Committee. Both Barbara and Larry served on the Social Committee planning activities such as Homecoming and Easter Sunrise breakfast. She enjoyed reaching out to those sick and shut-in and served as a member of that committee over the years. When the church participated in a softball league, Barbara volunteered to play too. One of her greatest loves within the church was serving on the Historical Committee as preservation of the past along with cherished memories was important to her. During the past years, Barbara served as a devoted member of the Bereavement Committee where she hoped serving food and providing a venue for conversation helped those who lost a loved one after funeral services.
The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory at 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, NC. Barbara will be laid to rest on May 5, 2023. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at New Hope Christian Church at 2779 NC Hwy 98 W., Louisburg, NC 27549. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Flowers or contributions to New Hope Christian Church are both welcome. The family has chosen Flowers by Henry in Louisburg, NC to provide their arrangements.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home and Crematory, Louisburg.
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