Barbara Ann Rooks

September 9, 1934 - May 13, 2014
Barbara Ann Rooks


Barbara Freeman Rooks, of Wilmington ascended Tuesday morning May 13, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

She was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on September 9, 1934 the daughter of the late Earl Freeman and Loyce McLean Thompson. She is preceded in death by a sister, Betty Freeman Smith.

Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Altar Guild of the church. She retired from International Paper Carton Division and later worked part time at New Hanover Medical Group on 16th Street.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Robert Rooks; three children, Richard Robert Rooks Jr., Loyce-Ann Rooks Abernathy and husband Tom and their children, Thomas Abernathy and Cole Abernathy, and George Travis Rooks and wife Lynne and their children, Kristina, Katherine and Michael all of Wilmington; brother-in-law, Charles Smith; niece, Vicki Hayes; nephew, Chuck Smith; sister-in-law, Irma Keith; aunt, Margaret McLean; and numerous other loving family.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N 16th St, Wilmington, NC 28401. A reception will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • May 25, 2014
    Sharee Ormsby Buffkin says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I worked with Barbara at Federal Paper Board, she always had a smile for everyone. Such a wonderful lady!

  • May 18, 2014
    Lisa Casteen Barentine says:
    Remembering Barbara brings me such fond memories. My sincere sympathies, may God comfort you with His peace and strength.

  • May 14, 2014
    Janet Watkins Harris says:
    Barbara was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family she loved so dearly.

  • May 15, 2014
    Lewis & Betty Rooks says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  • May 15, 2014
    David L Smith says:
    Barbara was a "sister" to me and I truly loved her. I have known her almost all of my life. You could not ask for a better friend. My prayers are with Richard, Robert, Lois Ann and Travis. She will indeed be missed!