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Barbara Annie Callis Roberts
August 7, 1931 - May 9, 2021
(Mother's Day at 3:50 am)
Barbara Annie Callis Roberts was born August 7, 1931, in Warren County, NC, to Annie May Paschall Callis and William Fuller Callis. She attended school at Palmer Springs, VA; Drewry, NC; Middleburg, NC; and graduated from Buckhorn High School in Union Level, VA in 1948. She married Ellis Claude Roberts on July 9, 1955. He preceded her in death in 1987. They had 4 children: Lucinda Ann Roberts Rutledge (Mike), Mary Alice Roberts Stebbins (Jack), Claude Fuller Roberts (Patti), and Thomas Henry Roberts (Patricia).
She has 10 grandchildren: Jen Rutledge (Kim) and Heather Rutledge-Mann (Clint); Justin, Ryan, and Maegan Stebbins; C.J. Roberts (Lindsey) and Steven Roberts (Amanda); and Greg, Jeff, and Tiffany Roberts; and great-grandchildren: Dani-Alexis and Ven Roberts; Claude Roberts III; Caleb Mann and Katie Mann (step); Drew (step), Faith (step), and Jadyn Harlow (step), as well as many other loving relatives.
She was the youngest of 5 children (Frances Arrington, W.F. Callis, June Cole, Henry Callis, and Barbara) who farmed and raised much of their own food. Her siblings' children were her playmates and she often cared for them. After she married, she lived in Richmond and Chase City, VA, working various jobs such as in the Craddock-Terry Shoe Factory to help raise her family. She did some babysitting after her job there ended, taking care of many kids in the area who knew her as Grandma Barbara. She was a caregiver of many people.
Barbara loved her family and going on vacations with them when they went to the beach, Disney World, Niagara Falls, Hershey, PA, and other places. She loved nature, gardening, walking, embroidery, and knitting. She loved collecting rocks, bird nests, feathers, sea shells, etc., feeding her birds, and taking care of her garden and flowers. She learned the names of these things from her Grandma Lucy who lived in a home in her childhood back yard and helped raise her. She loved keeping this tradition by living in a home in the yard of her daughter Mary for almost 30 years. She helped raise all her grandchildren.
Handmade gifts were more valuable to her than anything purchased commercially. She loved walking on the beach and picking up shells to bring home and make gifts for everyone. She loved to knit and make hats and scarves, as well as embroidered quilts and pillow cases for many of her children and grandchildren's birthdays and Christmases.
Barbara loved to cook for her family and had large family gatherings for the holidays at her home. Everyone was always welcome there. She was truly an awesome, loving and giving Christian lady. Her faith was strong, and it got her through many hardships. We were blessed to have her for 89 years, and she will never be forgotten.
Graveside Services will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, South Hill, VA, officiated by Pastor Steve Battaglia of First Baptist Church, South Hill, VA. The family will receive family and friends following the services at the gravesite.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.newcomballgoodfh.com. Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home in Chase City, Virginia will be handling the arrangements.
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