Barbara Rhymer Sutton was born on Dec, 23, 1937 in Swannanoa, NC. She is predeceased by her parents Mitchell and Ruth Rhymer, along with her sisters, Patricia Padgett-Johnson, of San Diego, and her brother Don Rhymer of Dallas, GA. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Joe Sutton, her sister Linda Rhymer Hadaway, her children Laura Wylie, who spent her days caring for Barbara in the twilight years of her life, and her two sons, Jeff and Jim Sutton who were always a source of joy and happiness for her. Also are her grandchildren, Preston C Roberts, who thought of Barbara as a second mother and was very close to, and Ryan Sutton, who, though living in Boise, Idaho, loved her dearly. She loved all of her family with all her heart.
As a child growing up in Swannanoa, one of Barbara’s favorite memories was fishing with her grandfather and helping him in his garden. Barbara’s story took her to Marietta in 1952 when her father began working at Lockheed. She started school as a high school freshman at Marietta High School where she met Bonnie Watson. After the two bonded over having moved recently from small towns, they tried out for the girl’s basketball team and formed a friendship that would turn out to be life-long.
Barbara enjoyed a career as the owner/operator of Powder Springs Flowers and Gifts for 25 years, along with her daughter Laura and husband Joe. She also enjoyed a stint as the coach for her daughter’s softball team in the Cobb County Parks Youth League. In both, her strong personality showed through. But to those who knew her they knew it was her passion and drive to see others succeed shining through, and her determination for those she was responsible for to always give their best.
Sadly she was forced to step away from these duties as her health declined. But despite having to give these up she was still heavily involved with the church and her beliefs. As a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church she could look forward to frequent visits from her friend ,Reverend Terry Phillips, who never failed to put her heart at ease, even in her most trying moments. Barbara was an avid reader and in her days spent at the nursing home she could read an entire novel front to back in a few days. When not reading she was enjoying the birds and other animals that would visit her many bird feeders and bring her constant joy. Barbara was someone who could always find something to enjoy even in the hardest of times for her.
Barbara passed away peacefully at Tranquility Hospice on June 12, 2023 at 6:45 pm, surrounded by her loved ones. According to her wishes, no formal visitation or funeral will be observed. Her ashes will be buried in a private family ceremony at the Sutton family plot in Sunrise Cemetery, in Englewood TN, on a date yet to be determined. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrews UMC, 3455 Canton Rd, Marietta GA 30066, or a charity of the family’s choice.
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Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.