Barbara Batchler

Published 3:38 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

Barbara McSwain Batchler, 75, loving mother and devoted wife to the late Ken Batchler, passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Born March 15, 1942, in Shelby, North Carolina, she and Ken lived in Gastonia, North Carolina for 34 years before retiring to Polk County. 

Barabara was an active member of First Baptist Church of Tryon, where she served on a number of committees. Barbara served on the board of Polk County Transportation, Western Carolina Community Action and as chairperson for the Council on Aging Board. She also volunteered for a variety of community services, as well as sang in the community chorus, which provided scholarships for area youth. She was very proud to have been instrumental in the creation of the Foothills Housing Partnership Inc., which will provide home improvement services for those less fortunate in the community.

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Surviving are three daughters, Kelly Batchler Hardee (Jeff), Angel Batchler Brannon, and Amy Rebecca Batchler, all of the Gastonia, North Carolina area; two grandchildren, F. David Brannon, III of Raleigh, NC, and Melissa Hardee of Dallas, NC. Also surviving is a brother, Leslie Smith of Lenoir City, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be at at 1 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Tryon, with Dr. Jeff Harris officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105

An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Tryon, NC