Barbara ìBabsî Kuykendall, of Hendersonville, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 2, 2012 at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, she was a daughter of the late James and Kathleen Thomas, and the wife of Larry Kuykendall who died in 2011. She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Fred ìBuzzyî Thomas. She was a real estate broker with Beverly Hanks, and a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church. She was active with many civic organizations, and was an avid reader. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Stepp of Belmont; a son, Mike Kuykendall and his wife Lisa of Hendersonville; a sister, Linda Helton and her husband John of Asheville; three grandchildren, Tasha Smith and her husband Chesley of Charlotte, Daniel Kuykendall and James Dennett, both of Hendersonville; two great grandchildren Reagan and Tripp Smith of Charlotte; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be at 12:00 pm, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11 to 12 pm prior to the service in the chapel. Private entombment will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 9140 Arrow Point Blvd. #380, Charlotte, NC 28273.