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Idell Barber

ROCK HILL -- Idell Gill Barber peacefully departed this life early Saturday morning March 22, 2008, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, S.C., at the age of 100. She was born Nov. 23, 1907, in Chester County, S.C., the daughter of the late Alexander and Ida Walls Gill.

Mrs. Idell was educated in the public school system of Harmony in Chester County, S.C. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, where she served as a Deaconess and was a member of the Hymn Choir. She also enjoyed singing with the Together As one Hymn Choir. The last several years she has enjoyed spending time with her friends at Flint Hill Adult Daycare Center and most recently the Park Avenue Adult Daycare Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton Barber and one daughter, Mary Alice Feely.

Idell Barber is survived by five daughters, Minnie McCullough (John A.) of the home, Gerlean Barber, Betty Brice, Dorothy Archie and Frances Reddic, all of Rock Hill; three sons, Eddie Barber Jr., Newton Alfonzo Barber (Paulette) of Rock Hill and Charles Barber (Christina) of Albany N.Y.; 25 grandchildren, two of whom she raised, Robert L. Barber and Gary L. Archie, both of Rock Hill; 44 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Hattie Witherspoon of Rock Hill and Catherine Gill of Greensboro, N.C., along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Parker Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. A visitation will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Parker's. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 1781 Dunlap Roddey Road, with the Rev. George H. Lowery officiating. The body will be placed at the church at noon for viewing. The burial will be held at Mount Calvary AME Church, Neely's Creek Road.

The family will receive friends all other times at the home of John and Minnie McCullough, 3082 Collins Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her honor to the church or organization of your choice.

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