February 19, 1927 ~ April 30, 2021

Born in: Pickens County, GA
Resided in: Arden, NC

Mary Lou Barnes Brinson, 94 of Arden died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday, April 30th, 2021.

She was born February 19, 1927 in Hinton, GA to the late Edgar Barnes and Cora Roland Barnes. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William “Bill” Irby Brinson Sr. She was also preceded by three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by one son, William Irby Brinson Jr. and his wife Faye; her beloved granddaughters, Annie Brinson, Heather Clymer and her husband Steve, and Sara Brinson; four great-grandchildren, Madi and Grace Brinson and Austin and Cora Clymer. She is also survived by one sister, Judy Stewart as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mary retired as Vice President of First Union National Bank of Hendersonville after more than 30 years of dedicated service. She was a longtime active member of Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church as well as volunteered for many years at ABCCM South.

Mary delighted in travel near and far. She was affectionately known as Memaw, always there for a truckster ride and afternoon snack. She enjoyed bringing fellowship to the community by inviting old friends and new friends to her table with open arms. She was known for her pound cakes, pecan pies and generous heart.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A celebration of life service will begin at 11:00 AM and will be officiated by Rev. Chandler Ragland. Interment will follow at Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that memorial donations be made to Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church Building Fund, 6 Laurel Park Drive, Arden, NC 28704.

Services

Visitation: May 4, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

Funeral Service: May 4, 2021 11:00 am

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

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

Burial:

Avery's Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery
Avery's Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Aunt Mary was an enthusiastic traveling companion. I was blessed to find out: she readily expressed her opinion; enjoyed new places and new food; stayed up late playing games, all of which were serious competition; was a fabulous source of family history; rarely complained about anything; received much attention from older gentlemen; and never said no to a trip. She already is greatly missed. I love you, Aunt Mary.

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  2. We will always remember Mary as a sweet, loving,and compassionate lady with a strong faith. She loved her family, friends and community and it showed in the way she lived her life. She will be missed by so many. May the Brinson family always smile and feel comforted when they think of Mary.

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  3. I remember her coming into my kindergarten classroom with Sara, many years ago! Praying for your family. Gardner Bridges

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