CANTON — Barbara Jean Arrington, 83, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

Born in Haywood County, on Oct. 10, 1935, to the late Ralph and Truelbe Hightower. Barbara enjoyed traveling all over the world, antiquing, and decorating.

Most of all she loved living her life with her dogs, Mickey, and Smokey with her late husband of 55 years, Ralph Joel Arrington.

Barbara rose from being a switchboard operator to a Human Resource representative at Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company. Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church in Canton.

Barbara is survived by a brother Ralph Roy Hightower and his wife, Jewell of Brevard; sisters Doris Ann Friel of Arlington, Virginia, Joyce Lee McCracken of Clyde, and Gail Bradburn and husband, Doug of Canton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Rev. Dr. Court Greene officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made out to Canton First Baptist Church building fund at 74 Academy St., Canton, NC 28751.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Silver Bluff, and Pigeon Valley Nursing homes and Four Seasons hospice.

A message of comfort may be left to the family at

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