Barbara Marley Saunders, age 66, passed away peacefully on Saturday July 10th, 2021.

A native of Moore County she is the daughter of the late Paul and Rillie McNeil Marley.

Barbara was a sweet, caring, and compassionate person. She was a loving mama, nana, sister, friend, and companion.  Her beautiful smile could light up a room.  She loved spending time reminiscing with family and sharing a few good laughs.  All those conversations will be greatly missed by those who knew her.  She thoroughly enjoyed celebrating people she loved on holidays and special life events with thoughtful gifts that were unique to each person, she especially treasured doing this for her grandchildren.  Barbara had a big heart for animals and adored taking care of any animal that was in need.  She was a very dependable person who could be counted on to be there if you needed her.  She relied heavily on her faith in God and cherished attending church at Guiding Light Baptist Church in Star.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Tonya Saunders Parks along with her husband Daniel Parks and grandchildren Trent and Tori.  Brother Tharrell Marley and sisters Diane Brady and Sharon Nall.  She is also survived by her companion Ted Kearns who held a very special place in her heart along with his son Dylan Kearns.  


Graveside service will be 4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Pine Rest Cemetery, with the Reverend Clyde Allen officiating.


The body will lie in repose from 1:00 until 5:00 PM, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Saunders Family.


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  1. Tharrell, Diane, Sharon and all the family, I am so sorry to learn the loss of Barbara! You have my sincere Sympathy and Prayers!

  2. Diana and Tharrell, I knew your sister briefly from her work in the ER. She was always sweet and kind My heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. Bradie Taylor Carthage NC.

  3. Tonya and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We love you and praying for strength. We are here for you if you need anything. ♥️

  4. Diane, Sharon, Tharrell, Tonya and children, My sincere condolences to the family. My thought and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

  5. I always enjoyed working with Barbara – she was a delight ! She knew her job and was so responsive and took time to solve problems. As a contract admin she came in contact with alot of customers and they all loved her. Her attention to detail made a difference! She always did an awesome job. She will be missed. Thinking of her family and sending hugs.

    Rebecca Whalen – Peak Technologies

  6. I had the privilege of working with Barbara for many years. As a contract admin, there would be times she would refer matters to the Legal Department for handling. We would talk through the business at hand and then take a few moments to share updates on our families. There would be a change in Barbara’s tone, perhaps best described as a smile in her voice, when she spoke of her daughter, Tonya, and her grandchildren, Trent & Tori. I’ve missed the interaction with Barbara over the past months and her passing creates a void for many at Peak Technologies. With heartfelt sadness, please accept my sincere condolences.

    Brenda Dymond – Peak Technologies

  7. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Barbara was one of the sweetest people we ever met. The world is a better place because of her. She will be missed.

  8. Our sincere sympathy to the family. May God’s comfort and peace be with each one during this time of grief.

  9. With Sympathy and Prayers 🙏 for all the family. May God Hold you especially close through this time. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

  10. I am so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. She’s rejoicing with the Lord and pain free now. She will be missed but she will never be forgotten. I grew up with her and Sharon and have been neighbors as long as I can remember. Oh the good memories I will always cherish.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sharon, and all the family now and the days to come. RIP Barbara.

  11. Tonya, it is a great sadness to lose a mother who was so vital and so youthful–and who set the model for living you have followed in all you do with family, friends, colleagues here at SCC, and your students. For those who have lost their mothers, we know too well the sadness of these first days of absence, but we know too that, very soon, she will creep unexpectedly into moments of each and every day to light your way, to make you smile and some silly memory of time shared, or just to visit with some words that echo from the past but fit so perfectly in these days. You are a testimony to the best of who she was and what she wanted for the people with whom she shared this life, and we all wish you safe travels in these darker days.

  12. So sorry for your loss. Barbara was so sweet and such a good friend.
    She was a classmate of mine.
    She will be sadly missed by all that knew her..
    Prayers for the family and friends..
    RIP. Barbara now I pray.

  13. I am so saddened and sorry to hear about Barbara’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends….especially Tonya and the Grandchildren! May God, your precious memories and remembrance of her sweet smile bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. ❤ 🙏

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. Barbara was great to work with and I wish I had gotten to know her better. We worked together for 8 years before I was able to meet her in person at a co-workers retirement. At least we did get to meet once in person. Rest in Peace Barbara.

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