August 4, 1942 ~ October 15, 2020

Born in: Lee Co., NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Barbara Baker Reid, 78, of Leicester, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020.

A native of Lee Co., NC, Barbara was a daughter of the late Nathan James and Lois Cooper Baker. She was also preceded in death by her daughters, Holly Kelly and Sherry Mashburn.

Mrs. Reid was a member of Song O’Sky Sweet Adelines Barber Shop Singers. She was also a member of The Basilica of St. Lawrence.

Surviving are her husband, Tim Reid; daughter, Melanie Snelson (Brad); 5 grandchildren, Chesney, Savannah, Bradshaw and True Snelson, and April Mashburn; several great-grandchildren; sister, Anne Cook; and brothers, Donnie Baker (Lynn) and Billy Baker (Tammy).

She was a wonderful mother, a loving Nana, devoted wife and a friend to any distressed animal or child.

A Scripture service will be officiated by the Rev. Father Roger Arnsparger at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. To achieve social distancing, services in Groce chapels are limited to 50, and face masks are required. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

Mrs. Reid will lie in repose one hour prior to the service.


Funeral Service: October 18, 2020 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: October 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Tim and Melanie, my heart is with you in your grief. Barbara was a great friend, a great quartet mate and will be missed. May God hold you close to help you through this time.

  2. Barbara, the Sassy in Sweet and Sassy, I will miss you. Tim, Melanie and all the family, I pray for your peace and love to get you through this hard time.

  3. Tim, I will remember Barbara at Mass tomorrow here in Colombia. What a joy she was to me every Sunday at the Basilica. You and your family are in my prayers. May she dance with the angels!

  4. Dear Barbara, you have been a joy to know. Your smile and sense of humor will be very much missed. I know you are singing in the Chorus in heaven.

  5. Melanie, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. May God comfort you, Tim and all the family during this time of grief. We will keep you close in our hearts with much prayer.

  6. A wonderful wife, singer, and a great mom. Tim, she will be missed but she knew love and that is all any of us can ask for.

  7. Dear Tim,

    Alice and I were saddened to learn of your wife’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathy and will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dear Tim, Melanie, precious grandchildren, family, How very blessed we were to spend time with you all and Barbara. She was always so refreshing and brought joy to all who knew her. Our heart hurts with all of yours this day as we miss her presence. She is “Sunshine” in our heart always. May you find strength today and comfort in the days ahead. Love to you all.

  9. Tim, There was no one else like Barbara. She was unique and will be greatly missed. We sang together for 25 years+. Her faith was an inspiration. Love to you and your family in these trying times.

  10. Tim, so sorry to hear that Barbara is gone. I’m just one member of the Jobes family who will always remember her. Sincerely, Elizabeth Jobes Alston


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