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

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Flora’s passing. She was a beautiful and caring person. I am keeping the family in my prayers.

  2. Dear family I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady. You have my prayers that God comfort you at this time, She is in heaven with her Lord and her husband again. May God bless. Keith and Barbara Kilby

  3. Donnie, Karen and family, our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear mother. We enjoyed our visits with her and you while her and mama were at the Oaks together. Love and comfort to all the family.

  4. Dear Judy and Karen and families, Although your hearts are sad with the passing of your Mother, you know that she is now in the presence of God safe at last! All the things she worried about and feared in life are now over. Praise be to God! I have many fond memories of Aunt Flora especially how welcome she made anyone feel that came to visit at her home and of course she thought she always had to feed you something and plenty of it. One of my favorite memories is when Mama and I visited her in the nursing home and I was standing up looking at the pictures on the wall. And she told me to sit down that I was making her nervous. So I sat down! But I was chuckling on the inside because that was so typical of her. We’ll all miss her. Love to all of you. Donnie and Avalina Merrill

  5. Dear Judy,Karen and family. I was also saddened by the news of Aunt Flora. With my family living next door to her and Uncle Ralph I was always over there during my childhood years. And of course as others have said who knew Aunt Flora, she would never let you go away without eating something. I learned in a hurry to get my own plate because if you didn’t well she would give you ten times more than what you wanted. I do have such fond memories of her. Just know now that she is with your daddy and the many others who have gone on before rejoicing. What a wonderful day that will be!! Love to all.


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