JONAS RIDGE Bette Hollifield Barrier, 77, of Jonas Ridge, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Clarkston and Anna Belle Branch Hollifield. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Ellie Zimmerman, Virginia Waycaster, Shelby Hollifield and Oakalee Zimmerman. Bette began her career as a telephone operator with Bell South. She then worked at Broughton Hospital for 15 years and had so much love for the mentally challenged; she built Jonas Ridge Adult Care, which she operated for 32 years until her retirement. During that time, she went to school and became an Intermediate EMT. After retiring, she remained at the assisted living facility as a part time consultant. She was a member of Jonas Ridge United Methodist Church. Her love for people and her giving soul will always be her legacy. Of all her accomplishments in life, she said she always wanted to be remembered as making a difference in the life of a child. Surviving are her loving husband of 59 years, Johnny Barrier; daughters, Jennifer Barrier Hudson of Jonas Ridge, Cindy Barrier Chapman and husband, Ty, of Morganton; grandsons, Clint Manuel and wife, Mary Stanley, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Evan Chapman of Morganton; and siblings, Clarkston Hollifield Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Seven Mile Ridge, Clarence Hollifield and wife, Judy, of Reidsville, Sue Pickard and husband, Bob, of Roxboro, Linda Franklin of Jonas Ridge and Wanda Franklin of Altamont. Many other extended family members and friends also survive. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, in Jonas Ridge United Methodist Church, where her body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. The Revs. Keith Tutterow, Ken Anderson, Lonnie Barnes and Steven Sweet will officiate. Graveside services will follow in the Barrier Family Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Samuel Phillips, Julian Rauch, Evan Chapman, Eddie Hudson, Eric Franklin and Rob Harvell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Danny Pierce, Burt Zimmerman and Brandon Watson. Memorial donations may be made to Medi-Home Hospice of Avery County, P.O. Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657; or to Jonas Ridge United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 44, Jonas Ridge, NC 28641. To send condolences, please visit our website,

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