May 24, 1924 ~ January 10, 2013
Born in: Henderson County,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC
Fletcher - Flora Ann Buckner Barnwell, 88, of Fletcher moved to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 10, 2013. She was a daughter of the late R. O. and Birda Israel Buckner. The oldest of 3 sisters, she was preceded in death by Catherine Wilkie and Roberta Garren. She was a member of Hooper's Creek Baptist Church. After her family moved to Hooper's Creek from West Asheville, she met and married Ralph P. Barnwell the love of her life. They were blessed with 62 years together before he passed away in 2005. Their son, Robert Barnwell died in 2002. She is survived by 2 daughters, Judy and her husband Bill Silvers of Fletcher and Karen and her husband Reverend Donnie Walker also of Fletcher. A loving grandmother of Brian Barnwell, Shawna Metzker, Chad Walker, Brandi Hudgins and Jenny Walker and a devoted great-grandmother to Cody and Casey Barnwell, Adrian Metzker and Caleb Walker. She had retired from the CTS Corporation and spent her remaining years in the home and yard she loved so much. A wonderful cook, you never went away hungry from her home. She loved to quilt and sew and can. Mama, we will miss you and thank you for the loving home you always made for us. A service will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Reverend Donnie Walker and Phillip Youngblood officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 at the Funeral Home. The memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.