Louise R. Barrett

Published 5:33 pm Friday, June 18, 2021

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LITTLETON, NC – Louise Ricks Barrett, 100, died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. She was born to Richard Sidney and Maude Odom Ricks in Branchville, VA and grew up in Severn, NC where she graduated from Severn High School in 1938. Years later she attended Insurance School at UNC Chapel Hill.

Louise married Braxton Earl Barrett in 1942 and moved to Littleton in 1946. She lived in Littleton for a total of 56 years. While there she worked as a bookkeeper for King Feed & Grocery Company and later as an Insurance Agent for the A.M. Newsom Insurance Agency. In 1968, Louise and Earl moved to Murfreesboro, NC where she worked as Secretary in the Fine Arts Department of Chowan College. She retired in 1985 and returned to Littleton in 1987.

She joined the Littleton Baptist Church in 1952 where she sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher and was the assistant pianist for Sunday School opening and closing assemblies.

She was predeceased by her husband, Braxton Earl Barrett, Sr. in 1980; seven brothers, Fred, Otis, Preston, Elliot, Gilmer, Lee and Richard “Big Boy”; two sisters, Nellie White and Bernice Duke; and her son-in-law, Robert T. “Bob” Ross.

Louise is survived by her son, Braxton( Dinah); her daughter, Kay Ross Beaver (Don); three grandchildren, Sarah Butler, Earl Barrett and Daley Ross; four great-grandchildren, Caroline Jennings, Kate Butler, Brooke and Ryan Barrett; six nephews, Billy, Fred, Norman (Josephine) and Richard Ricks, and Benjamin (Patty) and William White; and three nieces, Marilyn Dooley (Walt), Patricia Measley and Sidney Hill (David).

A Celebration of Life and Remembrance will be led by the Revs. David Little and Michael O. Currin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at Littleton Baptist Church with interment to follow at Buckhorn Baptist Church in Como, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Littleton Baptist Church, PO Box 216, Littleton, NC 27850, Buckhorn Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1242 US-258, Como, NC 27818 or Community Home Care and Hospice, 525 Becker Drive, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at Blaylock Funeral Home in Littleton.

Online condolences may be made at blaylockfh.com.