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Iona Swearingen Barber
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1923
Folkston
Charlton County
Georgia, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 2011
Fernandina Beach
Nassau County
Florida, USA

Published in the Florida Times-Union on December 31, 2011
BARBER Mrs. Iona E. Barber, age 88, of Fernandina Beach, was called home to be with her heavenly father on Thursday morning, December 29, 2011. At the time of her passing, she was at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Folkston, GA, she was the daughter of the late Van Garrett and Naomi Russell Swearingen. She has been a lifelong resident of South Georgia and Northeast Florida. In 1939 she married Albert Barber, of Callahan, FL. In 1942, they came to Fernandina as Mr. Barber began a long career with ITT Rayonier. The Barber's purchased land and built their homeplace in 1952 where they remained until each of their passing. Mrs. Barber worked for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Humphries Memorial Hospital and Nassau General Hospital. In later years she provided private inhome patient care. Affectionately known as Granny Barber, Grandma and Greaty, she enjoyed playing the acoustic guitar, Bingo at the Council on Aging and her church work. Throughout her years in Fernandina she worked tirelessly supporting her church by making and selling donuts, selling chicken dinners, teaching Sunday School and as an active member of the ladies groups. Mrs. Barber was a devoted member of Lifeline Ministries. She was a lifelong, firm believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and raised her children to believe in the same. Mrs. Barber is preceded in death by, her husband of 61 years, Albert Barber, who passed away in 2000, a son, Albert Barber, Jr., and a daughter, Linda Brazell. She leaves behind, two daughters, Carolyn Schwartz (Fred), Hopkins, SC, Blanche Griffin (Billy), Fernandina Beach, FL, and two sons, Steve Barber (Elaine), Jacksonville, FL, Mike Barber (Charlene), Fernandina Beach, FL, a brother, James Swearingen, Rexmont, PA, a sister, Elizabeth Matta, Fredrick, MD, ten grandchildren, fifteen great grand children and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, at the First Assembly of God, South 14th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL with Reverend Buddy Kalem and Dr. James K. Pringle, Sr., officiating. Mrs. Barber will be laid to rest beside her husband in Hughes Cemetery, Yulee, FL. Her great grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. Aaron Rawls and Steve Mason will serve as honorary pallbearers. Friends may call on Friday, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Oxley Heard Funeral Home. 
 
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 Parents:
  Gerritt Van Swearingen (1895 - 1984)
  Naomi Estelle Swearingen (1905 - 1984)
 
 Spouse:
  Albert Barber (1915 - ____)
 
Burial:
Hughes Cemetery
Yulee
Nassau County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: Robert Leitner
Record added: Dec 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82740415
Iona <i>Swearingen</i> Barber
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