Ida Shaw Applewhite Barber

Ida Shaw Applewhite Barber, 93 of St. Petersburg, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2009. She was born in Durham, North Carolina, raised in Halifax, and upon graduating from Weldon, NC High School at the tender age of 16, she immediately enrolled in Duke University and received her B.A. four years later. She was active in the Glee Club, Alpha Phi Sorority, and other extracurricular activities. She then continued at Duke in the Graduate School of Nursing, received her degree in October of 1939 and was Certified as a Registered Nurse by the State of North Carolina one month later. After her marriage to William (Bill) L. Barber Sr. they resided in Charlotte, NC where she started and opened the first Chapter of the American Red Cross in Charlotte. Other positions she thrived at were The Visiting Nurses Association of St. Petersburg, Director of Nursing at the start up of the Neighborly Center for elderly day care, Director of Nursing for the St. Petersburg Chapter of the American Red Cross, Lead Disaster Coordinator for the 77 Kentucky mudslide disaster, as well as manning First Aid Stations at the Festival of States Parade. A long term member of Pasadena Community Church, she served in a wide variety of volunteer roles. In her earlier years at the church, she was a youth Sunday school teacher, a Sunday morning greeter, and a participating member of Horns and Halos adult fellowship. She also drew on her professional skills as the first Volunteer Parish Nurse, Parish Visitor, and a member of the Christian Counseling Center. The world is a lesser place in her absence.

Mrs. Barber was preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert Lawrence Applewhite and Geneva Cheatham Applewhite of Halifax; her husband, William Lawrence Barber, Sr., of St. Petersburg, FL; her daughter, Ida May Barber Summers of Jacksonville, FL; her sister, Elizabeth Cheatham Applewhite Grant and her husband, Dr. Henry Boone Grant of Rocky Mount; and her aunt, Ida May Cheatham of Weldon.

She is survived by; daughter, Amy A. Barber Clement and her husband John E. Clement of Valrico, Fl.; two sons, Robert S. Barber and his wife Cindy L. Barber of Queensbury, N.Y. and William Barber; a sister, Geneva Cheatham Stanley and her husband, Dr. John Stanley, of Woodland, N.C. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Friends were received Thursday, June 25 at R. Lee Williams & Son funeral home of St. Petersburg, Fl, with a funeral service being held at 1:30. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, August 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Caswell Shaw officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in her memory to your favorite charity.

Askew Funeral & Cremation Services in Roanoke Rapids is handling the local arrangements.

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