Barbara S. Dunnill was born in Tifton, Georgia to the union of the late Clyde A. Smith, Sr. and Willie B. Green. She was the oldest child of this union.
She graduated from Wilson High School in Tifton in 1966.
She was a nurse for nearly 40 years and loved caring for the needs of others. She worked in various clinical settings, but the nursing home and later serving in the infirmary of the Department of Corrections seemed to give her the most joy.
Anytime she could work and share her love of the Lord in the process was a plus.
One of her favorite past times was playing bingo. You could find her and her friends several nights per week dabbing their cards, waiting to call “Bingo.”
No matter what, her love and commitment to the Lord was unwavering and she did not hesitate to share him with others. Even in her sickness she took the time to start a prayer ministry at Bay St. James Nursing Home.
She loved all who loved her and even those who didn’t, her life was her testimony and she truly believed in the saying “Let the work I have done, speak for me.”
Barbara made her final departure from this life on Sunday afternoon, May 28, 2017 to enter God’s eternal rest.
The sermon of her life will continue to minister to all. In a final conversation she had with a nurse when they asked if she was ok with her decision, her response was simply, “I’m right with the Lord.”
She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter Jeanina Jones (Johnny), of Carrabelle; her two sons: Damon Rich, Sr. (Tamika), of Crawfordville, and Larry Stevens, of Tallahassee; her brothers Clyde Smith, Jr. and Lawrence Barron, both of Atlanta, Georgia; her sisters Marion Paulhill and Angela Petiford-Carter (Martin), both of Tifton, Georgia; her nieces Tarsha Thomas, of Tifton, Georgia, Tonya Cobb, of Centerville, Georgia, and Janet Thomas, of Tifton, Georgia; her nephews Keitric Sykes (Kamit), of Tallahassee, and Timmie Paulhill, Jr. of Tifton, Georgia; nine grandchildren Leonard Green, III, Tyrell Green, Mikal Rich, Da’Sha Rich, Damon Rich, Jr., Jazmyn Stevens, Tazikia Stevens, Larry Stevens, Jr.; two Godchildren Chiquita Lowery and Ronnie Joseph, Jr.; and several other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Tine Thomas, a niece Zelda Michelle Thomas and her loving husband Patrick John Dunnill.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God in Carrabelle with burial in Isle of Rest Cemetery. Repast was from 9 to 11 a.m.
Kelley Funeral Home of Apalachicola is assisting the family with all arrangements.