January 11, 1949 ~ March 22, 2020

Born in: Henderson County, NC
Resided in: Henderson County, NC

Barbara Praytor Owenby, 71, passed away March 22, 2020, from complications due to a stroke.

A native of Henderson County, she was the daughter of the late Otho and Margaret Louise Qualls Praytor. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Norman, Allen and Wallace Praytor and one sister, Shirley Harris.

Barbara was a 1967 graduate of West Henderson High School and was formally employed at Farnam Custom Products for 25 years.

Surviving are her children, Robbey Owenby, Crystal Owenby Lance (Michael); grandchildren Samantha Branham (Christian) and Taylor Lance; sister, Myrtle Pressley (George), as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting her family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Barbara was a special friend. She will be missed. We had some really good times over the years. Blessed to have known her

  2. Betty and Lynn are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her always. All the family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. I had a lot of fun growing up with her. Don’t know if she ever learned how to ride a bike, but had plenty of fun trying. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robbey and Crystal.

    Jackie & Nancy Praytor

  4. To my classmate and friend, Crystal and family. I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. If I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences to the family. I was in the same class with Barbara at West Henderson .


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