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Barbara Hungerpiller

April 24, 1936 — August 14, 2021

Mrs. Barbara H. Hungerpiller, age 85, died after a long illness Saturday 8/14/2021.  She was born April 24, 1936 in Talladega, AL to Mary Crumpton Hubbard and Lawrence Thornton Hubbard.  She had one younger sibling, James Mitchell Hubbard (1943-2009).  Barbara grew up on the family farm in south Dallas county Alabama and attended area public schools.  She graduated from Selma High School in 1954 and Huntingdon College in 1958 with a BA in Home Economics.  She started her career working in Atlanta, GA for the U. S. Government on the Oral Polio Vaccine project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  While working in Atlanta she met her late husband, Ralph M. Hungerpiller.  They were married 41 years until his death in 2002.  Barbara and Ralph settled in Hickory, NC in 1961 and raised two (2) sons.

A Godly woman indeed, Barbara knew no stranger and helped every where she could.  She volunteered for numerous community projects, charities and chaired many.  Barbara was a member First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, NC for over 50 years.  She loved animals and especially her small white Maltese dogs.  Those that knew her can share dozens of stories.  She loved nature’s natural beauty and especially the NC Mountains where she worked in Blowing Rock by the park selling fabric for nearly two decades and retired in Linville, NC.

Barbara was kind and loving (John 15:12) with a unique determining spirit.  She loved to travel, take pictures and spend time with family.  She will be remembered not only as a woman of outstanding character and undying love but as a woman who loved others for who they are regardless of their circumstances.  Life is short so “Make the most of it!” she would often say and know that “God Winks at You” when you least expect it.

The family is deeply grateful to the caregivers who have sacrificed so much to help, especially Maria, Connie, Paula & Nikki.

Survivors are her two (2) sons and five (5) grandchildren: Ralph Mitchell Hungerpiller, Sr. and wife Patricia Peterson Hungerpiller of Birmingham, AL with sons Ralph Mitchell Hungerpiller, Jr., Jesse Peterson Hungerpiller & Walter Crumpton Hungerpiller.  Robert Michael Hungerpiller and wife Lori Brown Hungerpiller of Spring Hill, TN with daughter Mary Elizabeth Hungerpiller and son Ryan Michael Hungerpiller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory NC Scholarship Fund, 237 2nd St. NW Hickory, NC 28601, South Dallas Historical Preservation Association, 2901 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 or your favorite charity.

The family invites you to join them for the normal Sunday service at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Alabama on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Following the church service, the family will proceed to the church cemetery for a graveside service, immediately following the church service with Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home, Selma, Alabama directing and Rev. David Thomas officiating.

A future memorial service in Hickory, NC will be held at 1st Presbyterian Church Sunday 9/26/21 at 12:30 pm.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Barbara Hungerpiller, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (Pleasant Hill, Alabama, Selma)


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