Barbara Boyd Lancaster

October 6, 1924 ~ February 12, 2009

Barbara B. Lancaster, age 84, of 112 Barberry Road, Johnson City, Tennessee died Thursday, February 12, 2009 at Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Gertrude Llewellyn Boyd and the late Augustus Pollack Boyd. She graduated from Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga in 1943 and from Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1945. Mrs. Lancaster was born in Chattanooga and lived there until her marriage to W. Hanes Lancaster, Jr. in 1945. Together, they moved to Johnson City in June of 1948 and have resided here until the present time. From 1980 until 1998, Mrs. Lancaster was co-owner of Children's Cottage. She also was a member of Junior Service League and was involved in securing funding for Watauga Behavioral Health Services. While a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, she served on the Altar Guild and for many years taught the confirmation class. But, her first love was always her husband and children and their home. Mrs. Lancaster was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Pollack Ann Williams. Mrs. Lancaster is survived by her husband, W. Hanes Lancaster, Jr.; a brother, Llewellyn Boyd and his wife Ann of Chattanooga; four daughters, Susan L. Rule and her husband Jim, Polly L. Torbett and her husband Tom, Ellyn Lancaster and Mary Hanes L. Lockett, all of Johnson City, 15 grandchildren, Bebe Reed and her husband Bo of Cartersville, Georgia, Staley Smith and her husband Wayne of Winder, Georgia, Betsy Williams of Knoxville, Tennessee, Courtney Williams of Johnson City, Tennessee, Tommy Torbett II and his wife Kelly of Johnson City, Hanes Torbett and his wife Stacie of Jonesborough, Lance Torbett and his wife Christie of Johnson City, Susan L.McBride and her husband Raymond of Johnson City, Lacy Torbett of Johnson City, Barrett Beeson of Park City, Utah, Lyn Bedsaul and her husband Kris of Asheville, North Carolina, Valda Beeson of Johnson City, Caroline Kaylor and her husband Blake of Knoxville, Tennessee, Mary Hanes Lockett of Johnson City, Logan Lockett of Columbia, South Carolina, Laynee Fleenor and her husband Jason of Johnson City and 24 great grandchildren. Funeral services for Barbara B. Lancaster will be at 1:30 PM Sunday February 15, 2009 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, TN. Dr. James Richter will officiate. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Tommy Torbett, Hanes Torbett, Lance Torbett, Barrett Beeson, Freddie Lockett, IV, Bo Reed, Wayne Smith, Raymond McBride, Kris Bedsaul, Jason Fleenor and Blake Taylor. The family will receive friends at Morris-Baker Funeral Home Saturday from 5 until 7 PM. For those who wish to make memorial contributions, the family suggests Niswonger Children's Hospital, c/o Mountain States Foundation, 2335 Knob Creek, Suite 101, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Aunt Polly, Aunt Susan and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I pray you are greatly comforted by knowing she is with our Savior in glory. We are all thinking of you and praying for you. In His Love & Grace, Alison

  2. Anonymous says:

    Haynes So sorry to hear of your loss. I certainly enjoyed the little lady over the years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have been and still am out of town and just learned of barbara’s illness and passing…my deepest sympathy to the entire family and trust He will give you strength during this difficult time…suzanne crouch

  4. Anonymous says:

    Polly, I am very sorry for your loss. Please give Haynes and the rest of the family my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and shelter all of you under His Wings. Betty Lincoln (Nick’s Grandmother)

  5. Anonymous says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lancasters, I was so very saddened to learn that Mrs. Lancaster had passed away. She was such a lovely person……so warm….always had a smile for you…….her presence brightened up a room! My Mother loved her and enjoyed her company so much! I’m sure Dottie and Joe were there at the pearly gates to greet her when she arrived in heaven! I know how much you will miss her and how hard the days and months to come will be. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Regretfully, I am not in Johnson City and therefore unable to attend the services. Sincerely, Judy Price

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Mr. Hanes (and family) I am so sorry about your loss! I worked at the front desk in the ICU waiting room – I gave out passes to all the many wonderful family/friends. I know Mrs. Lancaster had to be such an incredible woman considering the company she kept, family she raised, and precious husband she trained :). My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time! Sincerely – Charlee Overby

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hanes. We just learned of Barbara’s death. Please accept our deepest sympathy, to you and the entire family. We are sorry we are unable to attend the services.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am sad for the passing of Mrs. Lancaster and for your loss. All of you are very special to me. Thank you for your friendship and the wonderful memories. I regret I cannot be there in person to see you. Deepest respect, Eddie Wright

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry to learn of Barbara’s passing; my deepest sympathy to the entire family; may the good Lord sustain you during this difficult time.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Mrs. Lancaster’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With Love and Respect, John John W. Willis

  12. Anonymous says:

    Susan, I was so shocked when I rceceived your email about your mother’s passing. I wish I had known earlier and could have been at the funeral home with you but I know you were surrounded by your loved ones. You have had a hard year and I know your faith in the Lord has kept you grounded. Please know that I pray for you and your family at this difficult time. I love you!

  13. Anonymous says:

    You guys have been through so much, and my heart goes out to all of you. The charity that you chose for her is fitting because I have always been impressed by MiMi’s love of kids and family.

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