(2021) Barbara Barnes Sherman was a kind, giving, loving, and inspiring woman who touched the lives of countless Outer Banks families, as a mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend; through her church activities and through more than two decades as an elementary school teacher here. An automobile accident in March 2021 tragically took Barbara too soon, at the age of 71.
Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Ricky; they enjoyed 48 years of marriage and a love that most only dream of. Together, they raised their children and had an extended family that included relatives, friends, and many people they helped along the way. The family dinner table often held additional friends and other family, as their capacity for graciousness and generosity seemingly knew no bounds.
As an educator, it was said that Barbara’s gentle kindness and tender heart embraced every child and family. Passionate about children’s education, she lived in the belief that every day was an opportunity to bring out the best in her students and in herself.
We are honored to accept donations in memory of Barbara Barnes Sherman, a beloved schoolteacher, friend, mother, and wife. Gifts in her memory will be added to the Barbara Barnes Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund and will help local students pursuing higher education. Gifts to this fund will honor her values and will steward her legacy of loving, caring, and learning.