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Joan Schilling Barfield, 78, of Newberry, widow of George William Barfield, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on September 16, 1933, in Richmond, VA, she was a daughter of the late Lewis Nicholas and Pearl Harding Schilling. She was retired from the Episcopal Church Upper Diocese of S.C. Mrs. Barfield was very active in her church and community. She was a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church the Miller Hamby Sunday School Class and was a volunteer at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by a son, William “Billy” Barfield, Jr. of Columbia; a daughter, Beth (Jerry) Tankersley of Columbia; brothers, Bobby Schilling and Charles Schilling both of Lexington; grandchildren, Larry (Pennie) Tankersley, Ashleigh (Will) Speaks and Andrew (Ally) Tankersley and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Barfield was predeceased by a son, Nicholas Andrew Barfield, a sister, Betty V. Roberts and brothers, John Schilling and Lewis Schilling.

Joan was a generous and loving woman. She never met a stranger and spent all of her time doing for others. She had amazing compassion and genuine love for all God's creatures, no creature went hungry around her. She was fun loving and loved a good laugh. Everyone she met became her friend. Visiting at the hospital and the nursing home were her daily missions She loved her church, her family, and all of her many many friends. She carried these with her always, "Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time", and, "Love and Memories are forever". She will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Counts. Committal services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, May 21, 2012, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Columbia. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 1105 First Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

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#18 Roslyn B. Hook 2012-05-29 14:08
To the Family of my dear friend, Joan Barfield,

It saddened me very deeply to hear of the passing of Joan. I worked with her for many years at the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. She was not only a co-worker, but she treated me like a daughter. I shall never forget her love and kindness for me and my sons. I know that she is truly missed by all of you. I will always remember her laugh, smile, and how she touched my life in many special ways! Blessings, Roslyn
#17 Tom and Sue Schlaf 2012-05-27 19:35
We remember Joan looking beautiful and radiant at the wedding our precious daughter Ally to our beloved son-in-law Andrew Tankersley. She had such a beautiful smile and grace about her. I felt so privileged that our daughter was marrying into the Tankersley-Barfield family. They graciously included us in their happy holiday celebrations. We always looked for Joan because love, joy and laughter always surrounded her. Last Thanksgiving was the last time we saw her. We purposely sought her out and we had such a lovely talk about her family that she loved so much. She left a legacy for her family--one of living each day for Jesus. That love was extended in so many caring ways and the blessing that God brought to so many through her life. We will miss her so as we had hoped she would be “grammy” to our two precious grandsons for many more years especially since we had to move from SC to AL. But one day, we will be reunited with her and her husband, George whom she loved so much.
#16 Peggy Rice Copulsky 2012-05-23 16:18
To Mrs. Barfield's Family,
I never met Mr. Barfield but heard so much about him in my conversations with Joan in the cafeteria at NCMH. She was such a delight to know---and was truly what I call a "wise woman." She was one of the few people I know who didn't offer unsolicited advice but if you asked her for her opinion, as I did on occasion, you could be sure she would tell you something important and worth paying attention to. She embodied the true Christian principles of loving God and loving your neighbor. After I left NCMH I found myself missing our conversations more than I oculd have imagined. I pray you all will find comfort in your memories and the support of friends and family. She will be truly missed. Peggy Copulsky
#15 Lauren Kyzer Holston 2012-05-22 05:55
Our entire family was so sorry to hear of the passing of "Miss" Joan. She & Mr. Bill had become such a special part of our family. For as much as we will miss her, we all know she is just were she wants to be...with the love of her life...Bill. She will forever be in our hearts. ~The Holstons~ Grae,Lauren,Kim berly&Rhett Josh,Danielle,R ucker&Riley Beck
#14 Melody Harrison 2012-05-21 14:35
Mrs. Joan was such a special person I met through Salkehatchie where she & Mr. Bill served smiles and breakfast. Many years ago, she toured the homes we were working on and saw our need for a stove. She convinced Bill that they could donate theirs (becuase they didn't need it much anyway LOL) and they got another. We all enjoyed that story for several years. That is just one example of her selflessness. These last years have been tough for her; I know she is happy now but I will certainly miss Mr. & Mrs. Claus @ Christmas in the yard.
#13 Mary Catherine Reynolds 2012-05-21 08:31
Mrs. Joan will be missed by so many. She was a very special lady and gave love to all she met. Her smile would lite up the room. I know she is happy right now because she missed Mr. Bill so much. I know her dog will miss her as well. Where she was the dog was most of the time. I know Mrs. Joan has her angel wings today because she had them here on earth as well. To her family, the days ahead will be hard to go through but God will be by your side each step of the way. With God and good friends You will make it one step at a time. We love you all. Mary Catherine & E. L. Reynolds and Billy Frye.
#12 Debra Taylor 2012-05-20 19:47
To all the family of Ms.Joan,
Joan was always a pleasant face. Any time I saw her she had a smile an a kind word. She was a dear person & we will all miss seeing her at NCMH. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Debra Taylor (NCMH employee)
#11 June & Pete Force 2012-05-19 08:54
This is such a shock and Joan will be missed, not only at church but in life as well. She was always careing for others and such a sweet person. We love her deeply.
#10 Brandi D Graham 2012-05-19 06:33
Mrs Joan & Mr Bill were two of the sweetest people I knew. She always had a smile and a hug! A very Godly woman, and such a wonderful influence. I will miss her so much! Prayers to the family!!
#9 R Brown 2012-05-19 06:05
I am sorry to hear of your loss. The death of a loved one is one of the most devastating experiences a human can face. At times, the loss can seem unbearable. The Bible promises; "God is near to those broken at heart." It also says; "Throw your burden upon God himself and he himself will sustain you." (Psalm 34:18 and 55:22) I hope this message will help you cope with the loss of your loved one.
#8 karen craven 2012-05-19 02:06
Mrs Joan was such a sweet lady and she will truly be missed it was not to long a go that I was out walking and she happened to pass by and saw me walking and stopped and gave me a ride home that's just the kind of person she was always doing for others and she was a very sweet lady and I will miss her very much but I know that she is up there cheering for beloved game cocks. Rest well with the angels Mrs Joan. Karen Craven
#7 Annah Marie 2012-05-18 23:21
I loved this woman with my whole heart. She touched my life in such a way that people just don't seem to do any more. From the time I met her and sat down beside her, Mr. Bill talked her into singing that Sunday morning and she turned to Jennie and I and said I will do it for you (both), she captured my heart. She and Bill were a big part of my life. SHMILY.
#6 Ellen Calloway 2012-05-18 16:14
Joan was a very special part of Lewis for many years. She will be deeply missed. I loved to hear her sing as she did recently for our fifth Sunday night service.
#5 Bethany Long 2012-05-18 16:14
I am so sorry to hear this news. Her and her husband were some of my customers when I waitressed at both Migs and Bill and Frans. They were always so good to me and I loved them like another set of grandparents. They have always kept in touch even after being gone to college! I am so sad that she won't be able to attend my wedding in June. She will truely be missed! Such a sweet lady!
#4 Monroe & Juanita F 2012-05-18 14:50
To Joan Barfield's Family,
We met Joan at Lewis mem. Church as our son and his family attend that church also, and we found out in talking with her she was a sister to Bobby Schilling who I worked with at Mckesson's back in the 50's. Joan was a dear lady to us and Ernie's family and we will miss her very much. Our condolences to all the family.
#3 Gary Graham 2012-05-18 14:37
To the Family of Ms. Barfield:

I, too, am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of such a wonderful, caring, sweet and special lady. She was always so quick to help anyone who needed it. We crossed paths around town and in the hallways and cafeteria of NCMH quite often. Both she and Mr. Barfield were very loyal supporters of our Newberry Salkehatchie Camp and will not be forgotten. It was always a pleasure to be able to see and talk with them in the early mornings as they served breakfast to us with the other members of Lewis. She will most certainly be sorely missed by everyone. Please know that your family is in my prayers and will be in the days to come.

Very Sincerely Yours,
Gary Graham
(NCMH IT Department Employee and
Assistant Director of the Newberry Salkehatchie Camp)
#2 Kellie Moore 2012-05-18 13:57
To the family of Mrs Barfield,
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Barfield's passing. She was such a nice person with a smile for everyone. She will be missed by everyone here at NCMH.
Sincerely, Kellie Moore
#1 Dave Lawson 2012-05-18 13:26
To the family of Mrs. Barfield,
We are truly and deeply saddened to learn of the loss of such a dear and close friend. Mrs. Barfield was a very special person who always wanted to do for others and to help others and did so open heartedly. She is our "Special Angel" and we will always remember the many things that she did for all of us here in the dietary department of Newberry County Hospital. She was a blessing to us all and is truly our "Special Angel" Much love, Dave Lawson (and members of the dietary department of NCMH)