October 27, 1928 ~ April 8, 2012

Born in: Coal Creek, Tenn.,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Fletcher – Barbara Peck Councell, beloved wife and mother, went to be "with Christ", on the Lord's Day, April 8, 2012. Born in Coal Creek, Tennessee, October 27, 1928, she was 83 years old. The seventh child of seven children, her parents were the late Walter Richard Peck and Helen Rosenburg. After the death of her Father, the family lived on Lake Junaluska until 1938 when Mrs. Peck moved with her six children to Asheville, settling in Grove Park. Barbara graduated from Blanton's Business College and afterward was employed at Champion Paper and Fiber Company, Canton, until her marriage. She married Bert Councell in June 1950, attended Bob Jones University until June 1951 at which time she and Bert relocated to Wilmington, Delaware. In 1955 Bert took a position in Nassau, Bahamas where they resided for the next 15 years returning to reside in Asheville until the present. A wonderful homemaker, Barbara was a marvelous cook and remembered for her warm and loving hospitality. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother; her sisters, Jane Henderson, Helen McIntyre, Ann Marie Knight Jody Vaughn; her brother Walter Richard Peck and a daughter, Abigail Leigh Councell. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Hilbert Crist Councell; children, Paul Douglas Councell, Dr. Richard Bruce Councell, Daniel Peter Councell and John Mark Councell, all of Asheville and Julia Ann Roberson of Palo Alto, CA; seventeen grandchildren; one great granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be a private funeral for the immediate family in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Burial will be in Green Hills Cemetery. The family requests that any memorials be made to Bible Truth Publishers, PO Box 649, Addison, IL 60101.

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  1. Love to you all and what joy we have in Christ. Aunt Barbara is finally at rest with her Savior. And the last of her siblings to make it Home. I loved her sweet spirit and the joy she shared. I won’t forget the trip we took to Europe together. We laughed the whole time. And every night she would read us the Daily Light. She would always bring our thoughts back to the Lord.

  2. How fitting for Barbara to go to be with the Lord on Easter! We will always remember her sweet spirit, ready sense of humor, her wonderful hospitality, and her love for the Lord.
    Lynell and Robert

  3. My family is saddened to have heard of your loss but also know she was waiting to be with the Lord. How fitting that it was on Easter Sunday. I will never forget her amazing artistic talents. Who else could create the most beautiful tablecloth out of Swiss napkins?
    My grandchildren couldn’t wait to visit the ‘Playroom’ at their house on Greenleaf Circle. They knew this was a very special room and were honored to be invited!

  4. Bert and family,
    I send my condolences to you at Barbara’s death. She was loved by her family and lovingly cared for by Bert. May God bless each one of you.
    Best Wishes,

  5. My prayers are with the entire Councell family. Mrs. Councell loved her family. Her ‘family first’ values will be how I remember her. She had a wonderful, happy and fulfilling life. I hope the fantastic memories you have of her life give you comfort in the days ahead.

    Anne Roberson Royster

  6. Dr Councell–my thougths and prayers are with you and all your family. I am so sorry to learn of your loss!
    God Bless, Tommi Workman

  7. Praying for all of you in the days ahead, but rejoicing with you knowing Aunt Barbara is resting with our Saviour. What a blessing it will be to see our Saviour face to face as she is doing now.

  8. John Mark,
    I was saddened to learn of your mothers passing. I recall our times at the University and soccer fondly. Please know that we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  9. Bert and family,
    We have been thinking of each of you and our prayers are with you as you gather for the funeral. I remember Barbara’s kindness and great meals as a teenager when I would visit 129 Evelyn Place when Gpa Otto was in Oteen VA hosp. Her suffering is over and with Christ which is far better but you will still miss her. The Lord strenghten you. Psalms 116:15.


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