Darline Barnes

June 3, 2021
Darline Barnes

Darline M. Barnes, 79, of 607 Soundside Drive, Wilmington, NC, passed away after a long struggle with age-related ailments on Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00am.

Darline, or “Dee” as she was known, was a spirited, lighthearted, loving woman. Daughter of Bert and Rita MacDonald, she grew up in San Gabriel, CA where she spent her free time at the skating rink or riding horses and working for her parent’s camper business. Competitive and athletic, she went on to bowl for the Professional Bowlers Association. She raised her kids in Oakdale, CA and worked for Madison Mobile Homes. She landed on the east coat in 1990 and worked for Bank of America until her retirement. She then used her financial knowledge and leadership prowess as president of the Katie B. Hines Senior Center. She loved her friends, family, and animals dearly.

Dee leaves behind husband Reginald, daughter Margaret Dowling of Wilmington, NC, daughter Sally Jones of Burleson, Texas, son Neal Wehrman of Modesto, California, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Her memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 18th, 11:00am at 1st Baptist Church of Carolina Beach.

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  • June 07, 2021
    Debbie price says:
    Dee. There are not enough positive adjectives to identify her. I will have to dwell on that and repost. She and Reggie were the KB Hines Senior Center. They along withGrace Austin made the center we enjoy today. Loved her immensely. Posting more later. What a woman friend to so so many

  • June 08, 2021
    Eric and Christine Blahut says:
    We have many fond memories of time at the senior center with Ms. Dee. She and Reggie made it a special place for the community to gather and she was always the greeter to all. Reflections include gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at the center and the days spent having lunch with the senior gang. She always made us feel important. She cared for her community and especially the seniors. Rest in peace Ms. Dee and our love and prayers to Reggie, Margaret and her sons and the rest of the family.

  • June 14, 2021
    Elaine M Stewart says:
    Ron and I enjoyed Dee at the Senior Center I served with her on the board. Our hearts go out to Reggie, Margaret, the family especially grandchildren and great grandchildren. We offered up prayers for comfort and strength during this difficult time of loss. Dee will certainly be missed. All our love Elaine and Ron Stewart