Barbara Reed Styles

barbara styles

March 4, 1940 ~ October 17, 2021

Born in: Akron, Ohio
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Barbara Reed Styles went to dance with Jesus Sunday, October 17, 2021. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born March 4, 1940 in Akron, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents Zeb and Ollie Reed and her brother James Reed and his wife Betty, her lifelong friend.

She is survived by her husband of thirty years, Clarence B. Styles and her precious Dog Daisy Mae, as well as her daughter Vanessa (Frank Heacox), her children Madison, Christopher, Corbin and Carter; her sister Sandy Bryant ( Robert) and brother Kenny Reed(Linda), Libby Cook (Tom), Pat Styles (Karen), Laura Wooten(Mike), and Grandchildren Amber Raby(Ryan), Seth Wooten, Rachel Waddell (Matt), Stephanie Cook (Brad), and Great grandchildren: Reed, Ella, Bailey, Charleigh, Ronin, Tori, Savannah and Sydney. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

She was an avid member of Biltmore Baptist Church and member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she held position of Grand Esther. She was a graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School. She was employed with Cranston Print Works and Buncombe County School System where she was loved by all and received many honors for her work.

To know her was to love her. She never met a stranger and on Saturdays you could always find her at Smiley’s Flea Market, if there was a bargain, she could find it. She was an amazing daughter, sister, mother, aunt and friend to all. She loved spending time with loved ones, the beach and finding bargains every day. She loved the Lord with all her heart and is rejoicing with the Lord. We all find comfort in that.

In Lieu of flowers donate to Shriners Hospital or St Jude’s Hospital for Children.

Due to Covid, a memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate her life.

Barbara will be cremated and laid to rest at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Barbara Reed Styles 's name.

St. Jude Children's Hospital


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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Barbara had a beautiful heart and was so kind to everyone. She really loved Bud and all his family. You will miss her, but her beautiful ways will always be in your hearts. We will continue to keep everyone in prayer.

  2. We are so sorry to hear about Barbara. She was a beautiful person, inside and out.
    We will continue to keep praying for you all.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Barbara was a very sweet and caring person. Our prayers are with your family.

  4. Vanessa, Frank, Madison, Christopher, Corbin and Carter my heart breaks for this loss of your Mother/Grandmother. Please know that Jesus has his arms around her and she is no longer in pain. Prayers from me to you and the rest of the family. (V. sorry I could not be there for you like you were for me in 2003)

  5. Vera Ray Bud I am so sorry for your loss, know I am praying for all your family. please let me know when you have your services. Love

  6. Bud, Vanessa, and family. I’m so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. She was so much fun! I’ll never forget our NY trip. I’m praying for comfort for your family. She will be missed!

  7. Bud, you and the family are in my prayers. Barbara never met a stranger and was loved by anyone who knew her. Sending many hugs your way.


  8. Bud I’m so sorry about the loss of your dear Barbara. I pray for peace and comfort for you and family during this difficult time.

  9. Bud, we are so saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. We know she fought a long, hard battle. May God bless you and family.

  10. Bud, Vanessa, and family, I am so sorry over your great loss of Barbara. She is not suffering anymore and you have wonderful memories that help. God bless all of you.

  11. Bud, Venessa and family. I was so sorry to hear about Barbara. She was a special person. She always made it a point to speak to me whenever she saw me. How time flies since we first met on Chestnut Place. I am thankful to know that she is with out Lord and Savior now.

  12. Bud, Vanessa and family, I am sorry to learn of Barbara’s passing. Her bubbly personality will surely be missed. I have countless memories of her at Eastern Star and how she cared for those around her. And what a joy she was to be around. Such a beautiful person. May you find peace in knowing she is with Jesus.

  13. Barbara and her sister Betty are forever to be remembered by Almighty God. They are alive in our hearts and minds, soon to be awakened from “sleep” as Lazarus was. Jesus will call ,and they will answer. Job 14:14 Being very spiritual minded, they knew that Christ’s heavenly Kingdom government will perform the miracle of the resurrection. Isaiah 9:6,7 Those invited to heaven will be the kings and priests with Christ to rule over the earth. Rev 5:10 The original purpose for the earth to be a paradise ;will soon be realized when God’s will is done on earth ,as well, as in heaven. Isaiah 45:18, Ps 37:11,12 Barbara and Betty will be thrilled to see young beautiful ladies when they look in the mirror. Job 33:25 There will be no more pain, sickness, or death. Rev 21:4 Please be comforted. “Enjoy Life Forever” Love and Prayers, Sandy Wirfs

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