Barbara Mills Edney

Published 6:48 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

Barbara Mills Edney, 78, of 159 Edney Road, Tryon, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in her sleep.  

Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Eva Myrtle Blackwell Mills and was raised in the home of Grady and Bessie Mills Edney of Pacolet Valley.  She graduated from Tryon High School in 1952 and worked many years with Dr. Earl Hornbeck, Dr. John Oliver and Drs. McCall and McCall as a dental assistant. Later she worked with Dr. Paul Walters and Dr. Raymond Myers. Barbara was a member of the Tryon Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving is her husband of 58 years, Carl Edney; three sons, Dr. Steve Edney of Hendersonville, N.C., Dr. Richard Edney (Dina) of Mills River, N.C., Tony Edney (Heather) of Charleston, S.C.; daughter, Dr. Julie Tullock (Tim) of Fletcher, N.C.; brothers, Johnny Mills and Jack Mills (Patsy) both of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Lacy and Starla Edney and Elizabeth, Zack and Chad Tullock and McKinsey and Maddie Edney. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Bradshaw; brothers, William “Brownie” Mills, Ray Mills, Joe Mills and Neal Mills.

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A celebration of her life will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in the Lelia Patterson Center, 1111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, N.C. 28732 with Pastor Tom Hughes, Pastor Author Gibbs and Pastor Gene Young officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Tryon Seventh Day Adventist School, Worthy Student Fund, 2820 Lynn Road, Tryon, N.C. 28782.

An on-line guest register may be signed at