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Barbara Joan Dale

May 19, 1934 November 25, 2019
Barbara Joan Dale
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Obituary for Barbara Joan Dale

Funeral services for Barbara Creel Dale, 85, of Athens have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday December 7, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Athens with Dr. Kyle Henderson officiating, under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery Monday, December 9, 2019 at 2:30 P.M.
Barbara was born May 19, 1934 in Old Hickory, Tennessee. She was the only child of beloved parents Paul and Velma Bullington Creel. Barbara had lived in Athens since 1999 and loved to volunteer and was very active in Keep Athens Beautiful, East Texas Arboretum and Central Business Association. During a fall visit to the Smoky Mountains, she was inspired to begin decorating the Athens town square each year during the fall and holiday season. With help from volunteers and many businesses, it continued to grow to be more beautiful year after year. Christmas was her favorite holiday and for over 15 years she made one-of-a-kind Santa Clauses. Charlie would make the armatures from wood and wire, and Barbara designed and sewed each costume. Each Santa would have a different theme or different look in his eyes. Each year she would have a sale in her home and it would always sell out. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds especially scrap booking. The American Cancer Society was a very important part of Barbara’s life. She spent many years volunteering at Baylor Hospital in Dallas to breast cancer patients. She was also thrilled to have been chosen to serve on the Grand Jury and was very interested in the cases that were presented.
She married the love of her life, Charles Harris Dale on May 8, 1953 in Nashville, Tn. Most of her life was lived in Dallas where they raised their 3 sons. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Barbara was a huge lover of animals and was employed 24 years as a veterinary assistant at Central Expressway Veterinary Clinic. Charlie pursued a career in electrical engineering. Barbara and Charlie were active travelers in the U.S. and abroad. They loved Hawaii and were able to spend many anniversaries there. They were always ready to go!
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband Charlie, sons; Rick Dale and wife Kate of Keller, Randy Dale and wife Suzanne of Dallas, Rob Dale and wife Denise of Daniel Island, South Carolina, grandchildren; Ryan Dale, Justin Dale and Tanner Dale all of Dallas, Caroline Smiley and husband Hunter of Galveston, Kristina Dale of Keller and great grandsons Jackson Dale and Hampton Dale both of Dallas.
Pallbearers are Herschel Grier, Bobby Glass, Wynn James, Tex Ward, Gary Polleck and James Anderson.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday afternoon December 6, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church missions 105 S. Carroll St. Athens, Texas 75751, American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 or Hospice of East Texas Homeplace 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701.

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3:00 PM 12/6/2019 3:00:00 PM - 4:30 AM 12/6/2019 4:30:00 AM
Autry's Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home

1910 E Tyler St.
Athens, TX 75751

Autry's Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home
1910 E Tyler St. Athens 75751 TX
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11:00 AM 12/7/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/7/2019 12:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

105 South Carroll Street
Athens, TX 75751

First Baptist Church
105 South Carroll Street Athens 75751 TX
United States

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