Elizabeth Dyre Handy Barbre Wills

Elizabeth Dyre Handy Barbre Wills, age 88, of Dublin, Va., passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at her home.

Born July 12, 1925 in Glade Springs, Va., she was the daughter of the late Hallard Lundy Handy and Fannie Victoria Porter Handy, and the last surviving member of her birth family.  Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Wills, and former husband and father of her children, Marvin Britt Barbre; one daughter, Lynn Price, three brothers and five sisters.

Liz was a member of the Dublin Baptist Church and practiced a personal faith exhibited by her love of family, the beauty of nature and by living a quiet humble life.  Mrs. Wills enjoyed cooking, sewing, cleaning and providing a wonderful home.  She retired from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant after which she owned and operated a small alteration business.  Liz will long be remembered for her beautiful smile, devotion to others and her joy in finding beautiful glassware at every antique and thrift shop near and far.

Surviving are her children and spouses, Carol B. and Otis C. Davidson of Dublin, Va., Ginger B. and Dan Davis of Kingsport, Tenn., Marvin W. and Roena Barbre of Roanoke, Va., Connie B. and Danny Haga of Dublin, Va.; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, April 24 at the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with the Rev. Marvin W. Barbre officiating. Interment will follow in the New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dublin, Va.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until service time at Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

The family wishes to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for Elizabeth’s care and their support of the family.

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com.

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangement for the family, 540-980-6160.



One Response to Elizabeth Dyre Handy Barbre Wills

  1. Amanda Jimenez Thornton

    April 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Grandma Barbre was a very classy lady. Carol, Marvin, Ginger, and Connie, know that I am praying for you and your family. She will be missed and always remembered as a wonderful and courageous lady!

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