of Searcy, AR
July 10, 1933 - July 27, 2023
Barbara Joan Eaton Brown, 90, of Searcy, also affectionately named ''Angel'' by her husband, George, of nearly 69 years, passed away Thursday, July 27th, 2023 after a lifetime of service, especially to help needy children. She was born July 10, 1933 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Harold Sr. and Flora Wadhams Eaton, but spent most of her life primarily in central and south Florida.She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harold Eaton, Jr.Barbara graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She worked as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in Florida, but her favorite place to be was in her home with their 3 daughters and her husband, George. She also partnered with George and fellow Christians in the establishment of the Downtown Church of Christ in Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. Together they founded Christian Homes for Children, a non-profit Christian foster care ministry, still operating since 1979, providing truly safe homes for more than 1,300 children. In April 2020, she was designated as the recipient of the ''One Person Can Make a Difference'' award from the National Association of Church of Christ Network 1:27, an organization that recognizes those who work in foster care.Barbara had a beautiful voice and was often requested to sing at weddings and events. As she sang in church, people would turn their heads to hear her voice. She was an exceptional cook and baker. She was especially good at making meatloaf, apple pie, ''happy day cake'' and biscuits. She loved hosting people in her home and also cared for aging family members and any of George's students in need of temporary housing. She mentored many women, taught Bible classes for women and children and organized events for her church and any ministry they were involved in. She also found ways to be active in any community they lived. Among the organizations she was a member of include the Women's Glee Club at University of Florida, Holly Hill Church of Christ ''Ladies Night Out'' group and ''Young At Heart'', along with the Frederick VanPatten DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Chapter in Searcy.She is survived by her husband, George; daughters, Jocelynn Goff (David) of Searcy, Annette Marie Caceres of Miami, Florida, Vanessa Gilliam (David) of Little Rock, AR; 6 grandchildren, Michelle Goff, Jennifer Sale (Brandon), Kimberly Edwards (Paxton), Chrystal Goff, Cameron Gilliam, Whitney Gilliam (Will); 2 great grand-children, Kadesh Edwards, Zeni Edwards and deeply cherished nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home/Searcy from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held at College Church of Christ, Searcy, on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 10 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service at White County Memorial Gardens, Searcy.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to:Christian Homes for Children 12001 Southwest 72nd Street Miami, Florida 33183 www.christianhomesforchildren.org orIron Rose Sister MinistriesP O Box 1351Searcy, Arkansas 72145www.ironrosesister.comAs we grieve, we also celebrate her ascension to her eternal reward.
I am sending prayers for your family. What a legacy your wife, mom, grandmother, and friend has left for you all. I only wish that I could have known her better. Whitney, I especially want you to know that I am sending my love to you. I am so proud of you and your life. I know your grandmother was so proud of you. I know you all have such great memories to share with one another. Sending love and prayers for you all.
My heart is broken but my soul is rejoicing!! God blessed me so very much by putting this beautiful family in my life! I had an instant bond with my precious Mrs Barbara! She has shown such fight, determination, grace, integrity, kindness, gratitude and love in the last months! Her smile will live on with me forever! Mr George, Joselyn, Vanessaâ€¦ I love yâ€™all & im praying for you in these days & months ahead. She may be gone but she will never leave you! God Bless you all!!
Dear George and Family, I regret to hear that your dear "Angel" has departed Planet Earth. It was the best day of her life and one she had prepared for with great anticipation. I don't regret this for Barbara, but for all of us who are left here on Earth and will miss her so very much. She was foremost a Christian lady, but she was so intelligent, sweet, kind, and pretty. We have already been missing her - and you - in Holly Hill Church of Christ, but were happy and content that she and you were living near two of your daughters and at wonderful Harding Place I hurt for you as you continue on through life on Earth without her--and I know the hurt you're feeling. I am petitioning our Father to give you comfort and peace. I love you all!