Barbara Parsley

Barbara Parsley, 74, of Boyd Cemetery Road, Little Switzerland, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Parsley, who passed away in 2000; her parents; and her great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth.

Barbara Parsley, our mother, our friend was born Oct. 25, 1944, in Bakersville, to Guy and Minnie McGee Hoilman. She was a member of the Black Mountain Baptist Church and was retired from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, where she served as a correctional officer at Marion Correctional. Barbara’s love and strength were witnessed by all those who knew her. She had an avid love for all beings, both furry and human. Barbara loved others with every part of herself. A more loyal daughter, sister, mother, granny and friend could not be found. Her time spent being a caretaker to others is immeasurable. She selflessly served and considered it a blessing. Barbara traveled countless miles across the United States with her family sharing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, never failing to snap a picture. Although the breathtaking views she was able to behold, none compared to the view from her front porch. Nothing could bring a bigger smile to her face than to be at home surrounded by those she loved. 

As she moves forward on her journey, she is remembered well by those who have cherished the moments and memories we shared. We are her family: Toni and Mark Crowder, Terri and Colin Williams, Alyssa and Tim, Andrew, Ashley and Kevin, Adam, Shana and Aaron, Isaiah, Jackson, Blakely, Lindsay and Jayden; and sister, Joann (JM) Whitson.

A funeral service for Barbara Parsley was 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Rev. Josh Cooke and the Rev. Greg Hollifield officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in the Boyd Cemetery.  

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC  28777.

Special mention to Sarah Burleson and all the remarkable individuals that had a part in Barbara’s care. The family cannot express with words how appreciative they are for the compassion and love shown to Barbara and her family. 

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Barbara Parsley’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Parsley family. Mrs. Parsley’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

Mitchell News-Journal • April 24, 2019

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