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Barbara Sanders Tillett

Posted By Jessica Twiford On May 4, 2021 @ 10:42 am In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 29 Comments

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Barbara Jean Sanders Tillett, 88, of Wanchese, NC passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021.

She was a faithful servant of the Lord.  She loved her church, her family, and her friends. Barbara was a hard worker in her church wherever she was needed. She worked diligently in the children’s department at Bethany United Methodist Church for decades. That was her pride and joy.  She had so many fond memories of the time she spent with them.

Born and raised in Weeksville, she was the daughter of the late William (Willie) Thomas Sanders and Minnie Rogerson Sanders.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Larry LeGrande Tillett; a son Larry LeGrande Tillett, Jr. both of Wanchese; and a sister Rose Sanders Phillips (Gene) of Hertford.

She is survived by her son David Craig Tillett of Wanchese; a brother William (Billy) Thomas Sanders, Jr (Dianne) of Elizabeth City; and a sister Florence Sanders Overman (Bob) of Moyock. Also, survived by a daughter-in-law Martha Tillett; two step-grandsons Jake and Jamie Gibbs of Wanchese; two step-great-grandchildren Jasmine and Ethan Gibbs of Wanchese; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and a great-great-nephew.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese, NC. A private burial service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Bethany United Methodist Church building fund (PO Box 239, Wanchese, NC 27981).

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.



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Condolence from Cookie on May 4th, 2021 11:59 am


Condolence from Cindy (Quidley) Arendts on May 4th, 2021 12:04 pm

David, I am so sorry for your loss! Ms. Barbara was such a blessing to me personally growing up through the years. She always put a smile on my face!! There is no doubt she is present with her Lord and reunited with other family and friends; with no limitations of a physical body! Peace, grace and strength to you and every family member. Love in Christ!

Condolence from Justin Bateman on May 4th, 2021 1:23 pm

You’re in my prayers. The last thing your mama said to me was how happy she was that I was teaching her Sunday School class and that I did a great job. God smiled when she arrived this past Sunday and congratulated her on a job well done bringing people to Jesus. She will be missed.

Love you brother,
Justin Bateman

Condolence from Penny Ashby on May 4th, 2021 1:52 pm

She was a very loved lady. Always had a smile and a hug. Bethany UMC. will not be the same without Ms Barbara. David may gods peace be with you.

Condolence from Laurie Tillett on May 4th, 2021 3:28 pm

Ditto, on everything everyone else said. She was an amazing woman of God and a true angle on earth. She is home. I am so sorry for your loss David. She loved you so much and was so proud of you. Love and hugs Cuz!

Condolence from Eva Rogerson on May 4th, 2021 3:35 pm

So sorry to hear of Barbara Jean’s passing. She was so a sweet lady. May God be with you today and always. RIP sweet Barbara Jean

Condolence from Edith Meads on May 4th, 2021 4:18 pm


Condolence from JAY CUDWORTH on May 4th, 2021 4:20 pm

Dave, you had the best mother in the world! the good Lord has another assignment for her what it is we will have to finish the race as she did to find out . .You are in my prayers .jayboy

Condolence from Annette Jackson on May 4th, 2021 4:31 pm

Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of the sweetest and kindest ladies I have ever known. Prayers for you during this time friend….

Condolence from Dorita on May 4th, 2021 6:19 pm

David you have lost a mother and I have lost a best friend who was like family and I pray that you will feel God’s blessings during this time.May the peace of God surround you and give you comfort.

Condolence from Cynthia B Cox on May 4th, 2021 6:58 pm

David, So sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady, I will miss her so much. Whenever I saw her she always had a smile and a kind word. She was so proud of you. I know you will miss her terribly. I am always here for you. You are also a very special person. May God Bless you always.

Condolence from LINDA BRADLEY on May 4th, 2021 7:07 pm

Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother meant the world to me. She was my first Sunday school teacher when I started attending Bethany church as a small child. I loved her so much. She had such a sweet spirit and always had a smile on her face every time I saw her. She will truly be missed by many!

Condolence from Terrie Quidley on May 4th, 2021 7:14 pm

While my heart is sad for those that loved and will miss her, I am happy for her. Miss Barbara is receiving the rewards of her faithfulness to our Lord. Likely I and many others, would not have come to know Him without her faithful devotion and service. Many thanks Miss Barbara. Enjoy the rest.

Condolence from Roxanne Jackson on May 4th, 2021 8:09 pm

A wonderful Lady and follower of her Lord has gained her heavenly body ! Her smile and sweet spirit will be missed!

Condolence from Randi Skaggs on May 4th, 2021 8:30 pm

Ms. Barbara was a beautiful example of God’s love to every person she encountered. We were all her favorites in Sunday school. I will truly miss seeing her. Much love and comfort to her family.

Condolence from Doug and Misty Curles on May 4th, 2021 9:30 pm

Dave, we are so sorry for your loss. Mrs Barbara has set an example for us all to follow, how blessed you were to call her Mom.

Condolence from John Rowland on May 4th, 2021 9:39 pm

Dave, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers, and if there is anything that we can do for you, please let us know.

Condolence from Dionne Glover on May 4th, 2021 10:56 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. It was the last for all of us because she was just an amazing woman who was always there when you needed her. I remember when I was younger and I broke my foot and my mom and dad had to go out of town is barbacoa Suwanee babysat me. I’m going to miss her so much. Fly high Miss Barb and watch over us all I love you

Condolence from William Holliday on May 5th, 2021 5:44 am


Mo and I could never say enough about the goodness of your mom. She was wonderful in so many ways. During our six years at Bethany, she was such meaningful part of our lives. She was especially close to our son, Matthew, who spent many hours with her. Just as importantly were the many, many lives she touched. No one else touched the lives of so many like Ms. Barbara. Her gentle kindness and non judgmental Christian heart spoke of her love for everyone. She was truly a saint among saints and a witness of what means to be Christlike. Pastor Bill Holliday

Condolence from Earl Willis on May 5th, 2021 6:25 am

Oh it is hard to imagine the number of seeds she planted in people’s lives!! May the promises of Christ Jesus grant you peace.

Condolence from Rachel Thompson on May 5th, 2021 7:11 am

Another soldier has gone home. She taught us sooo much about being in the world but not of the world. She definitely put others first…. When I was younger , I thought she an Mrs. Dorita owned the church because they were always there and every thing seemed to be done by them!

Condolence from Cammie Daniels on May 5th, 2021 11:28 am

David, so many fond memories of your mother throughout my life as a child and as an adult. She was a true woman of God, always smiling, always serving. She was the perfect example of Proverbs 31. Wanchese and Bethany will never be the same without her. Praise God, we will see her again one day!! That’s the best part, but oh, she is going to be missed by many! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Condolence from Karen L Walker on May 6th, 2021 8:34 am

David and family, caring thoughts to each of you. She was a jewel on earth . A kindness from within that touched lives that only eternity will reveal! May all our hearts be comforted , knowing the joy she gave will live on in our hearts and better folks for knowing her! A bright light here, now shines brighter in heavens domain! She is strolling all thru heavens golden streets, rejoicing with her family once again! May the Lord she loved and served with genuine convictions, be close to you now and grant comfort ! Prayers

Condolence from Rita and Susan Rogerson on May 6th, 2021 9:46 am

So sorry to hear of Barbara Jean’s passing. She was a sweet, kind, and caring lady. May you find peace and comfort in your precious memories of her.

Condolence from Donna Medeiros on May 6th, 2021 11:29 am

David I am so sorry your mom was just such a special woman I loved her deeply with all my heart. You have all been so wonderful to my Bradley and he loves her so much what a blessing she was to my family and the community and our church She’ll always be in our hearts

Condolence from Jackie Beasley on May 6th, 2021 1:09 pm

God bless! Wanchese has lost a special lady but Wanchese’s loss is heaven’s gain.
Love you,

Condolence from Rheana Watts on May 7th, 2021 9:10 am

Ms. Barbara always had a huge hug and kind words for me every time I returned home to Wanchese. She was such a huge part of my youth spent growing up in Bethany. She always had an ice cream sandwich for us after play practice as kids. She touched so many lives.

Condolence from Dennis Koelle on May 11th, 2021 5:45 pm

A great moral servant of the lord-treated me like a king when I visited-Dave is a lifelong cherished friend . I really enjoyed spending time with his father and brother too! God has another angel now. RIP Ms. Barbara.

Condolence from Mrs. John H. Smith (Margaret) on June 7th, 2021 3:46 am

Dear David, So sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. We had left many messages on her home phone, but figured she had gone to visit her sister during the pandemic. She and you were in our prayers every day. We loved visiting the OBX and visiting with your Mom and Dad. John loved talking about their time together in the USCG in Yorktown. We will miss seeing your parents and have very fond memories of your whole family. May precious memories comfort us all in the years to come. Love, John and Margaret Smith.

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