We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Hartsell Funeral Home - Albemarle
Rella Mae Barbee Huneycutt, 97, a life long resident of the Endy community, passed away on Friday, June 24,2022. She was born on December 24, 1924 to the late Joe and Emma Barbee. She was married to JVan Huneycutt for 59 years until his death in 2002. She was also preceded in death by her son Miky Huneycutt and her son-in-law, Tony Burleson.
She is survived by her daughter, Zoe H. Burleson (Tim Huneycutt) her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Huneycutt, her sister, Allie B Whitley (Tommy), her four grandchildren, Meredith H Broadaway (Scott), Stephen G Burleson, Melanie H Hudson (Matt), Shanna B Crump, and her ten great grandchildren, Zach Broadaway, Brennan Broadaway, JVan Burleson, Harrison Montgomery, Gavin Hudson, Cooper Hudson, Gracie Crump, Grant Crump, Katie Broadaway and Brody Hudson. Also left to cherish her memory are special neighbors, Charles and Beverly Story.
Rella was preceded in death by three brothers, M.A. Barbee, J.T. Barbee, Billie Joe Barbee and six sisters, Lela Whitley, Leola Smith, Nola Bell Whitley, Ruth Teeter, Johnnie Eudy and Gatha Whitley.
Rella worked in textiles but her greatest work was serving her church, Pleasant Grove, where she was the oldest surviving member. She was a very active member her whole life and taught many different ages, helped with VBS and sang in the choir. Her other passion was working in her yard and garden.
The family would like to thank Spring Arbor, where Rella had been a resident for over five years. The staff was another family to her and she cared for them, knew their kids and grandkids names and prayed for them daily. She made many friends during her time there and we are forever grateful for the joy and comfort that filled her life in her home away from home.
The funeral will be held on Monday, June 27 at 4pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with intermittent in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and condolences after the service and burial in the fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 17236 Frog Pond Road, Oakboro, NC 28129 or Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North Main Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.