Barbara Young Revelle

Published 11:01 am Monday, March 12, 2012

MURFREESBORO – Barbara Young Revelle, 80, died on March 9, 2012, at her home in Murfreesboro, having been surrounded by the love of family and friends.

She was born February 19, 1932 in Canton, Georgia in Cherokee County to Melvin Buford Young and Leo Cochran Young. Her life was based around family and music.  She was a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She went on to obtain a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. While attending Cincinnati she was elected to the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

After graduation in 1954 she moved to Murfreesboro and began her teaching career in music at Chowan College, where she continued to teach for several years.  Her career in music continued as a teacher of private piano and organ lessons. She was an advocate of the North Carolina Symphony and was asked to serve as the President of the Roanoke-Chowan Chapter, where she served for many years.  Introducing symphony music to young people was a calling for her.

Barbara married her sweetheart, John Page, in July 1956.  Barbara was a devoted mother to their three children.  She was an active member of Murfreesboro Baptist church.

Barbara loved to travel and she served as John’s first mate on the family’s sailboat as they explored eastern waterways from Annapolis, MD to Marathon, Florida.  The couple also chartered cruises with good friends from Murfreesboro in the Caribbean.  In later years the couple treasured their annual trips together to the Florida Keys, which she particularly loved, especially when their children and grandchildren would come to visit.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Paul Walter Young and Clyde Melvin Young; sister, Evelyn Young Whiteside; and nephews Mike Young and Timothy Young.

She is survived by her loving husband John Page; son Jay and wife Elicia of Murfreesboro; son Dan of Franklin, VA; and daughter Paige and husband Jonathan of Apex, NC. One of the greatest joys of her life has been enjoying the company of her six grandchildren: John, Claire and Will of Murfreesboro; and Caroline, Alison, and Johnny of Apex, NC.  Also surviving are nephews Chuck and Henry Revelle, and nieces Meg R. Chapin, Emily R. Beck and Yolanda Y. Grogan.

The family will receive friends at the Holly Hill Road home on March 12, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on March 13, 2012 at Murfreesboro Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Dr. Lee Canipe and the Rev. Tom Caulkins.  A graveside service will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Murfreesboro Baptist Church, P.O.  Box 124, Murfreesboro, NC  27820; Chowan University – Barbara Young Revelle Endowment Scholarship Fund, One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC 27855, or to Roanoke-Chowan Hospice, or American Cancer Society.

Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. in Conway is in charge of arrangements.