December 3, 2020

Mrs. Pat Barber

Pat Barber

Much loved and respected Heard County educator, Patricia Yvonne Nutt Barber passed away on October 4, 2014 and was met at the Easter Gate by her beloved husband, Hollis Barber.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 4 P.M. from the Union Grove Baptist Church in Heard County. She will lie in state 30 minutes prior to service time.

Visitation will be 10-12 Noon, and 6-8 P.M. Monday, October 6, 2014 at Stutts Funeral Home.

Mrs. Barber was born in Centralhatchee, Georgia on May 3, 1940, the daughter of the late Elva Nutt. From a very early age it was clear that she was a gentle, kind person, who had a great desire to help others.

As a classmate of the graduating class of 1958 she remained in close contact with many who were always dear to her. She never forgot the close friendships that were developed in those early years. Her desire to help others, especially children led her to West Georgia College where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Library Science.

After several years of teaching, and raising her own children she furthered her education with a Masters, and Specialist Degree also in Education. She devoted her working life to educating children with a specific desire to give them the basis for all learning, a love for reading. Her devotion to each of her students gave each of the little ones she taught a better chance in life to succeed.

“Miss. Pat” will long be remembered by each of the lives she touched by her wonderful teaching skills and the love that she gave to each student.

She was an active member of the Union Grove Baptist Church. Her children and grandchildren consider themselves blessed to call her mother and grandmothers, but she was the one who would tell you quickly that she was the blessed one to have such a wonderful family.

There was nothing that she loved more than having her entire family around her kitchen table, all under her roof once again. She will be greatly missed by all who had the great privilege to have known her.

She is survived by one daughter, Tammi Steele (Jackie, Sr); two sons, Mark Barber (Sandy), and Shane Barber (Pam) all of Franklin, GA.; grandchildren Jackie “Bucky” Steele, Jr.  (Kate) of Clermont, FL.,  Nikkie Horne (Chris) of LaGrange, GA., and Bradley Barber of Franklin, GA.; one aunt, Sara Nutt of Centralhatchee, GA.;  sister and brother- in-law, Dinkey Proctor (Scott) of Franklin, GA., and Arnold Barber of Bremen, GA.; and one dear friend, Pearl Goss.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of forty-three year, Hollis Barber; her mother Elva Nutt; and devoted cousin, Robbie Buchannan.

Those who wish may leave memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.




  1. She will be greatly missed!

  2. Mrs. Pat Barber was a leader in her career as a teacher. She truly loved the tens of thousands of children she taught in her long tenure as a Heard Elementary educator. She taught her students knowledge beyond what books can teach. She taught children life lessons such as manners, ethics, right from wrong lessons, as well as the regular curriculum. If you went to HES from the 1970’s – 2012 you more likely had Mrs. Barber as your teacher.

    Mrs. Barber took me under her guidance in 1985 as a new teacher. She helped me in anyway I asked until she retired a couple of years ago. I loved her because of her wittiness, wisdom, generosity that she provided me with for over 25 years. I remember when a highly loved and very young teacher died from a tragic accident I was asked to speak to the faculty as a young counselor to provide help with the grief stricken school. She was the first and only person I asked for advice. Mrs. Pat said “Mart, you already know what to do and say. Just go with what you feel in your heart and you’ll do fine.” Those words of encouragement and reassurance helped me get through that day. That is how she related to her students, to reassure and motivate each child to be their best.

    Her greatest love was her family. She would beam in joy at each and every accomplishment or story she would tell me. I consider her family as my family. I pray for her family during this time. Her daughter, Tami Steele told me yesterday ” Mama went to be with Daddy this afternoon.” Let us all pray for her loving family.

    • Thank you very much, Mart. I appreciate your loving tribute to my mother. She truly loved teaching. I don’t think she ever got over having to leave teaching due to health reasons. I don’t think there are many teachers who taught until they were 71 years old and then were heartbroken to retire. Heard Elementary was her life’s work.

  3. Katherine Solis says

    RIP Ms Barber Thank you for teaching me. You made me the person I am today.

  4. Shawna Hendricks says

    She will be greatly missed.. But Heaven has another beautiful and wonderful angel..

  5. Prayers going up for the Barber family. Mrs. Pat was a sweet lady. She was my favorite teacher in 5th grade.

  6. Christy Looney says

    RIP Mrs. Barber from all of the Barrett family, Nell Barrett, Lisa Glaze, Darrin Mitchell, Lori Barrett, Christy Looney, & Chucky Barrett. Thank you so much for having the patience to teach us. You was a wonderful teacher, & neighbor. My heart goes out to your precious family. I know they are hurting, but they can rest assured where you went. we will always remember you.
    Our hearts & prayers go out to all of you. Just remember it’s not easy to lose a loved one, but it does make it easier to know you can see them again. If any of us can help in any way, please let us know.


  8. Indeed our county has suffered a great loss – and heaven has gained a wonderful angel. Mrs. Barber was truly a role model for many young people in our county. She taught with a love and passion that words cannot describe. Definitely one of a kind. I am blessed to have known her, have been taught by her, and for my children to know and love her as well. Prayers for this sweet family.

  9. Greg Holcomb says

    I agree that heaven has gained another angel. I can still see her sitting in that old wooden rocking chair in front of our class teaching. She was a wonderful lady. I had several great teachers at Heard Co. but she was always my favorite. She never got in a hurry and always made sure you understood what she was teaching. She will be missed by all but the world is a better place because of the many children she taught throughout the years. My prayers go out to Tammi, Mark, Shane and the rest of the family.

  10. I was in mrs. Barbers class in heard co. I loved her so much. She was one of my most fav teachers. I am grown with kids of my own, and she still remembered who I was and would hug my neck every time I seen her. She will be missed. She made an impact on so many lives.
    Prayers to her family. May she rest in peace.

  11. Elaine Kelley says

    With friends on earth we meet in gladness, while swift the moments fly, yea ever comes tho’t of sadness, that we must say good-by. We’ll never say good-by in heav’n, we’ll never say good-by. For in that land of joy and song, we’ll never say good-by.
    You will be greatly missed for just a short time.

  12. she touched so many lives in such a wonderful caring way ,she always asked about my boys many years after they were lucky enough to pass through her class . she was definitely one of the brightest shining stars of the Heard co school system, prayers for her children

  13. She was one of the nicest woman.i know she taught my son in five grade.he loved her dearly and so did i.the family will be in my thoughts and prayers

  14. Tommy L. Chambers says

    So sorry to hear of Ms Pat’s death. She was a great teacher and a true friend to us when we were at Centralhatchee. We will cherish the memories we have of her. Tommy & Norene Chambers

  15. Melissa Burge says

    I had her and loved her dearly. She took the time to teach and to work with those who were having trouble learning in school. She will be truly missed, Heaven gained a true angel.

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