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Barbara Arrington Abbott

November 7, 1945 - January 28, 2021

Burial Date February 3, 2021

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Barbara Jean Arrington Abbott, 75, of Forest, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 28, 2021. She was born on November 7, 1945 in Bedford, VA. A daughter of the late W. Ellis Arrington and Mildred Wilkerson Arrington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Walt Dyba; two brothers, Ellis Carroll Arrington and Kenny O. Arrington and one sister-in-law, Sandra Arrington.

Barbara was a very dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to so many. She loved her Lord and Savior and was a pillar in Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. She often played the piano and would sing for church events. She also enjoyed gardening, working with flowers, decorating, cooking and her role as Mrs. Clause at Christmas with her husband Wayne. Her family was her everything, especially her grandkids. Barbara was also a member of the Goode Rescue Squad Auxiliary and was a very patriotic woman who loved her country.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband, C. Wayne Abbott; four daughters, Pamela Dyba, Rita Parker and husband, Dwayne, Angela Gerni and husband, Josh and Melissa Gaddy Hamilton and husband, Chris; two stepchildren, Kristen Graham and husband, Scott and Dwayne Abbott; nine grandchildren, Sam Dyba, Jacob Dyba, Luke Dyba, Kelsey Gerni, Sophia Gerni, Emma Gerni, Bella Parker, Everett Graham and Iris Graham; one brother, Lynwood E. Arrington and wife, Sheilah; one sister-in-law, Virginia “Ginny” Arrington. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Barbara’s memory please consider the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Local Missions, C/O Theresa Key, 3275 Joplin Road, Bedford, VA 24523. Flowers are welcome.

A funeral service and celebration of Barbara’s life will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Boyles officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford. To send condolences online please visit Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

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