Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 13, 2013

Barbara Jean Davis Tankersley

PRINCETON — Barbara Jean Davis Tankersley, 71, of 117 Village Green Circle in Princeton, died Friday, May 10, 2013 at her residence. Born October 9, 1941 in Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward Earl Davis and Pauline Brown Davis.

Barbara retired from the WV DHHR in Princeton after a 26-year career that included Nutrition Aide, Social Worker, Trainer, and Fraud Investigator. She attended Bluefield schools when growing up and then attended Concord College in Athens where she studied to be a Social Worker. Barbara was a graduate of the Institute of Biblical Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She had been a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years. She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Princeton where she was Librarian and Sunday school teacher.  Barbara also taught Discipleship training at the church and was a member of many church groups including WMU. She loved volunteering, especially at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton and the Bluefield Public Library. She served as secretary of Bluefield Public Library Friends of the Library and was also the treasurer and past president of TOPS.

Barbara was an inspiration and teacher to many throughout her life. She will be missed by her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William Hampton “Bill” Tankersley of Princeton; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Dove and her husband Samuel of Port St. John, Fla., and Karen R. Garnes and her husband Michael of Charleston, W.Va.; three grandsons, Ryan R. Garnes of Atlanta, Jackie William Dove and Eric Paul Dove, both of Port St. John, Fla.; one sister, Patricia Ann Sankbeil of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Dr. David Dockery officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday. In keeping with Barbara's wishes she will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 1116 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV  24740.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

The Tankersley family is being served by Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

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