Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell

May 25, 1927 - January 15, 2016
Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell

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Please Note: The memorial service for Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell, has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. The service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Fruitland Baptist Church. shulerfuneralhome.com

Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell, 88, passed away in her home Friday January 15, 2016 following a period of declining health. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Marion and Allie Drake Gentle and a brother, Charles Marion Gentle, Jr. Born in Hendersonville, she lived most of her life near her childhood home.

Evelyn attended Lees-McRae College where she obtained an Associate in Arts certificate in 1946. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Library Science degree. Later she attended Western Carolina University where she obtained her teaching certificate.

Evelyn’s teaching career spanned a 30 year period in Virginia and North Carolina, but her heart truly belonged to all the children she taught and loved at Edneyville Elementary School. She retired as a school teacher in 1987.
Evelyn was a faithful member of Fruitland Baptist Church for over 50 years. She shared her love of God and His word with several generations of children by teaching Sunday school classes. She was a shining example of a true servant of God.

She is survived by a daughter, Selina Barnwell Edney and her husband, Morris; one granddaughter, Jessica Edney Davidson; two great-granddaughters, Ashley Selina Davidson and Kimberly Lynn Davidson all of Hendersonville, N.C.; a sister, Sharon Ann Gentle; two brothers, Duane Lee Gentle and wife Lettie; Theodore William Gentle and wife Shirley, all of Fletcher as well as many precious nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday January 30 2016 at Fruitland Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Smith, Rev. Craig Stepp, and Rev. Steve Jones will officiate.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to Four Seasons Hospice or Fruitland Baptist Church Building Fund at www.tmcfunding.com


Saturday, January 30, 2016
2:53 PM

Fruitland Baptist Church - Directions
150 College Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 20, 2016
    Doug and Lori Gonce says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Ms Evelyn was a sweet lady who touched many lives.

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  • January 21, 2016
    Cindy Magouirk says:
    When I first came to Edneyville it was only for a couple months ( Apple season) then we came back the next year and stayed . I had Mr Montgomery and really had no reason to strick up with my 5th grade teacher but I did and I did n the 7th and each year after. At one point she had a desk pulled up by hers so I wouldn't interrupted her whole class ( yeah right ) we talked about everything under the sun and once we landed on my Grandmother and she realized how bad I loved and missed her, she became my serigant grandmother. I stayed in touch with her even after graduation because she taught my baby sister. There always seemed to be a reason for her to be in my life. I loved and adored her. I was blessed to have her in my life. Maybe because I loved and adored her. She was a blessing to many. I will miss her. I already do.