Alice Joy Barber, 87, saw the face of her Lord on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Alice was born in Hattiesburg Mississippi to the late George and Adgie Davis on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1932. After the death of her father, her Mother moved back to North Carolina and later married Clyde Nall.

On September 21, 1952 Alice married the love of her life, James Barber. While in the military, Alice & James lived in Alaska, Florida and Goldsboro. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1968, the couple resided in Greensboro and Hamlet before settling back home in Whispering Pines.

Alice was pre-deceased by her husband, James, her sisters Helen Brewer, Mickey Pittman, and Lorraine Moore, brothers Harold Davis, Charles Davis, Howard Davis and AC Davis. She is survived by her sister Mary Elizabeth Potts of Asheboro as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alice loved the Lord, finding great joy in studying His word and leading Bible Studies and her faith never wavered. Alice had a great love for many things, and she gave her whole heart in everything she did. She was a wonderful seamstress and applied love to each stitch she sewed. She made clothes for many of her nieces when they were growing up. Alice loved gardening and up to a few years ago, grew vegetables in a small garden in her back yard. The life she lived is one we should all aspire to have. A life of love, joy, kindness, and faith. A life well lived.

The family would like to thank the staff of Elmcroft of Southern Pines, the staff of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital & the staff of FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care for their kindness to our beloved Alice.

Alice will be laid to rest beside her beloved James. Graveside services will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church 1838 Bethlehem Church Rd Carthage NC 28327 at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 22 with Rev. Dr. Ron Chaney presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cemetery Fund at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is serving the family.


Graveside Service: December 22, 2019 2:00 pm

Bethlehem Baptist Church
1838 Bethlehem Church Road
Cathage, NC 28327


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  1. Alice loved her family & we loved her. Always happy, her daily life exemplified how she loved the Lord. A faithful servant. She lead us by example. We will truly miss her.

  2. Aunt Alice was everyone’s favorite aunt. She was so good to her nieces and nephews. I remember for homecoming court, she took me to Tallhimers Dept. Store, we looked at the dresses and coats and found a coat/dress set. She took out her little note pad and sketched it. Next, we went to the fabric store and bought almost identical fabric. When we got home she measured me and taped some newspapers together and made a pattern. Before the end of that weekend, I had the most beautiful dress and coat to wear the next Friday night, you can ever imagine. That is just one of the many talents she possed. She was born on Valentine’s Day and she was a sweetheart, not to say she had no spunk, all that knew her well can testify to this. Her middle name Joy, is what she brought to people she loved. I will hold my memories of her close in my heart forever.

  3. Aunt Alice was everyone’s favorite aunt. She was very good to her nieces and nephews. I have many fond memories of her sewing clothes for me during High School, anything from prom dresses to matching dress and coat. She was so talented in so many things. I will forever hold my memories of her in my heart. She loved Jim with all her heart and soul and he returned that love to her. The only comfort in her passing is knowing she is in the arms of our Lord.

  4. Rita’s posts have been perfectly descriptive of Alice. Alice was indeed a very special person not just to family but to everyone that knew her. Alice never met a stranger. I will forever cherish the past 7 years that I got to spend so much time with her. I will miss the many, many stories of her life. Her memory was extraordinary. I was amazed at the detail she remembered of her and Jim’s travels and other adventures. There were stories attached to about everything she had like her favorite pot that she bought at TJ Maxx 60 years ago. I learned so much, even about my parents that I had not heard before. I will miss her but have such precious memories to last a lifetime.

  5. I did not know Alice’s middle name was Joy.
    She brought so much joy into my life.
    Early fond memories are of how she helped me with my babies.
    Thank you Aunt Alice. I will miss your smile.
    your niece, Beth

  6. Tom Brewer; Yes Aunt Alice was an amazing Lady that loved the Lord. Had many good times with her especially when I’d go over to clean gutters or do house maintenance Alice would always fix lunch for us when I finished the work. Then we would have a nice visit & talk for hours. Alice was like a second mother to me. I’m joyful knowing that her spirit in Heaven with Uncle Jim. May we all be so Blessed.

  7. Aunt Alice was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Her and Uncle Jim would take us on trips when we were young and when I was older I always spent time with her when I had days off. She was like a second mother to me and I will surely miss all of our long talks. I value all the days I stayed with her in the last years.

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