Asheville, NC-- Barbara Lee Holbert of Asheville went to be with her Lord on Sunday, October 16, 2016, following an extended illness. Her passing was peaceful, surrounded by her family. Barbara, 82, was the daughter of the late Robert and Zennie Devlin. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Thomas C. Holbert Sr., who passed in 2007, as well as five brothers and one sister. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Kay Jenkins of Fairview, daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Penland of Fairview, son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Diane Holbert, Jr. of Fletcher and son and fiancée, Larry Holbert and Pam Banks of Mills River. Her loving family also includes one nephew, Perry Stanley of Chicago, IL; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many cherished friends and neighbors. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Cecil Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, as well as from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM on Friday at the church. Flowers are appreciated, but for those who choose, memorial donations may be made in Barbara's name to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 270 Overlook Road, Asheville, NC 28803. A memorial guest register is available online at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
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