Barbara Hill Garrison made the transition from earthly life to eternal life in the church triumphant with the Lord Jesus Christ on August 7, 2022. She was born in Henderson County on October 13, 1931 to Boney Hampton Hill and Sadie Clark Hill. Her life was blessed with loving and caring family and friends. Immediate family remaining are her sons: William Lloyd Garrison, Jr. and his wife Mary Kathleen, and Scott Earl Garrison, both of Hendersonville; her daughter, Carole Ann Garrison of Hampton, VA; her grandchildren: Matthew William Garrison, Laura Kathleen and her husband Brock Dugger; and William Lloyd Garrison, III and his wife Kristian Jeannin, all of Chapel Hill, TN; and her great-grandchildren: Caroline Reece, Amelia Jolene, William Lloyd IV, and Catherine Ryen, all of Chapel Hill, TN.
Barbara was predeceased by her beloved husband, William Lloyd Garrison, with whom she shared 68 years.
Barbara was an elder in Trinity Presbyterian Church. She was a Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate from MAHEC, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with Certification from the American Nurses Association. She was also a graduate of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program UNC, Charlotte NC and certified as a Public Health Nurse II, NC State Board of Health and a graduate of NC Baptist Hospital of Nursing, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC and registered by the North Carolina Board of Nursing as a Registered Professional Nurse. She established and served as the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Health Services in Hendersonville from 1972 to 1997. In 1997, she began work for the Department of Health and Human Services and served as a consultant for other Community Health Centers.
Barbara earned many awards including NC Primary Care Association Award for Dedicated and Outstanding Service, National Association Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Public Service Award, James H. McDuffie Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service, Great 100 Award for Nursing Excellence in North Carolina, American Dental Society to Increase Access for Dental Care for Special Populations, NC Department of Administration Council of Women Nomination in Professional Category, Achievement Award for inspiring a generation of migrant and community health professionals from East Coast Migrant Friends and Colleagues, US Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Care for Caring Commitment to Farmworkers, and Henderson County VFW Woman of the Year.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20th at 2:00pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Stanley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Health, PO Box 5151, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Attn: Kathryn McConnell, Director of Philanthropy or by phone at 828-233-2209.
Barbara was an incredible woman. I’m proud to say that I knew her and was shaped by such a strong and honorable person. Sometime before 1996, my mother and I visited her and Bill. It was during this trip that Barbara helped me quit smoking (I was a teenager at the time). I am forever grateful to her and her family for their help. Barbara was truly an incredible woman.
It was my privilege & humbling experience to follow Barbara as chairman of the board of NCFH. She was a remarkable person!
To the family. I am deeply saddened by the grief that you are feeling.
Knowing of God’s embracing love for you, continue to look to him when ” He will wipe all tears from our eyes, death, suffering, pain, and crying will be no more. – Revelation 21:3, 4
He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing. ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
How comforting to know that this will be a thing of the past and through Christ Jesus a resurrection for our loved ones.