Barbara Pfohl Byrnside died on November 6, 2014 at St. Joseph’s of
the Pines in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Barbara, born on
January 30, 1923, was a native of Bradford, Pennsylvania where
she lived with her parents, Cornell N. Pfohl, Jr. and Elizabeth Miller
Pfohl. She attended Derrick City School and Kingswood School; she
graduated from Connecticut College for Women. The oldest of four
children, she was predeceased by Janaan and Jerry. Cornell N.
Pfohl, III - Pete - continues to live in the family home in Bradford. ! !
A war bride, Barbara began her thirty year career as a Navy wife
when she married Lt. Benjamin C. Byrnside, Jr. of Oak Hill, West Virginia. They were
married for 65 years until Ben died in September 2010. His assignments as a
submariner took them to Panama and eight coastal states, including Hawaii, a total of
21 residences. They settled in Whispering Pines, North Carolina for a golf-filled
retirement of 27 years. Their last home was Belle Meade in Southern Pines.! !
Barbara was a wonderful wife and mother with active interests in golfing, gardening,
bridge playing, and painting. She also enjoyed traveling and volunteer work with Gray
Ladies and Moore County Arts Council. She was an avid reader who shared her love of
literature, art, music, and crossword and jigsaw puzzles with her children, Barbara Lee
Wachter and Benjamin Craig Byrnside and grandchildren, Charlotte Mulloy, Eleanor
Palladin, Shannon Caleshu, Ian Byrnside, and Brendan Byrnside. She is also survived
by six great-grandchildren. ! !
At her request, no service was held. Instead, a small group of family and friends met to
celebrate her life with three of her favorite foods: popcorn, lobster, and coconut cake.
Her ashes will be placed with her husband’s in the U.S.Naval Academy Columbarium,
Annapolis, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association- !
Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh NC 27612, by phone
1-800-272-3900, or online: The family
sends their appreciation to the staff of St. Joe’s for making our mother’s last years
pleasant and comfortable.! !!!!!!!

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family

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  1. As chaplain of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of North Carolina, I extend our condolences to Barbara’s family on her passing. Her late husband, CAPT Ben, was a long-time member of the Tarheel Chapter of U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War 2. Chaplain Bill

  2. On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (On USSVI), we offer our sincere condolences to Barbara Lee Wachter and Benjamin Craig Byrnside and all of the Byrnside family and friends in your loss and sorrow. May God whisper peace into your hearts an

  3. I am sorry to read about Barbara’s passing. She was my mother’s closest friend in the 1920s and 1930s when they grew up together at Beechwood. My mother Florence Hodgson Russell (1922-2001) was Fred and Jessie Hodgson’s daughter. Fred was a caretaker at B

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