Barbara Saxon Duvall

Born: Fri., Sep. 6, 1929
Died: Mon., Oct. 7, 2013

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Barbara Lee Saxon Duvall, age 84, of Greensboro, GA, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at Boswell Parker Health and Rehabilitation in Greensboro, GA. Barbara was born in Greensboro, GA on September 6, 1929, the only child of Jacob Asbury Saxon and Bernice Clayton Saxon. She was raised by her grandmother, Vallie Clayton. After graduating from Greensboro High School in 1946, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Georgia College graduating Cum Laude and serving on the debate team. She later studied some courses toward her Masters at the University of Georgia. On July 9, 1960, she married William Lewis Duvall. She began her working career teaching at Chatsworth, GA. Then she taught at schools in Atlanta, Summerville, and Union Point, GA. She also taught at The Little Red Schoolhouse in Siloam, GA. In 1969 Barbara became an original faculty member of Nathanael Greene Academy. She also served on the Board of Trustees for a number of years. For a while, she worked for Greene County Department of Family and Children''s Services retiring in 1990. Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensboro. Reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching classic movies and spoiling grandchildren were some of her favorite pastimes. At one time she was the Adult Sunday School teacher at New Hope Baptist Church.

Barbara is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Lewis Duvall of Greensboro, GA; a daughter, Lee Duvall Thornton and husband Ed of Bogart, GA; and two grandsons, Clayton Edward Thornton, Nashville, TN and Ethan Lewis Thornton of Bogart. She leaves a host of other friends and relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, William Lewis Duvall, Jr.; and her stepmother, Viola Marchman Saxon.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday October 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Michael Hardy and Dr. Norman Waldrip officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Zippy Duvall, Charles Crumbley, Francis Rizner, Robbie Chapman, Bobby Dolvin and Bobby Voyles. Honorary pallbearers are Carey Williams, Jr., Tony Pace, Billy Duvall, Bear Findley, Grail Malcolm and Tim Davison. The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted but the family would appreciate any memorials be made to Nathanael Greene Academy, P. O. Box 109, Siloam GA 30665 or the First Baptist Church, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Dear Family, God bless all of you at this time. Barbara was a very special person. She will be missed, but I know she is in a better place.Love to you all. Betty JO

Paige Arwood Hubbard
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
My prayers go out to Mr. Lewis, Lee, Ed, Ethan, and Clayton. Mrs. Barbara was a fine lady. I knew her as a child and later on was at the Nursing home when she became part of our family there. She some always knew if I was early or running late to work. She always had a smile on her face. She loved to talk about her family every chance she got. She is a lady that I would call a true southern belle. She will be greatly missed by so many. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers as they get through difficult time. May God give you the strength and peace to get through difficult days to come. I know I will miss her very much. With deep sympathy, Paige Arwood Hubbard

Smith Oliver
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Barbara was in the 'close friends' group of my Brother Daniel Oliver's class. I recall what an outstanding student and basketball player she was in school. I'm very sorry for your loss, Lewis and family. May she Rest In Peace.

Melanie Bufford
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Lee, our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. What a wonderful daughter you have been for your parents. Please...let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Melanie and Buddy Bufford

Elaine Campbell Carpenter
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Lewis, Lee and Family: Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you at this sad time in your lives. We loved Barbara so much and have so many good memories of the old days that we will keep in our hearts forever.She was a very special lady that will be missed by many. Bet you she and Miss Vallie are having a good reunion in Heaven! We love you, Mattie McElveen, Janice Campbell & Elaine Campbell Carpenter

Lucia O''Connell
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Lee,Lewis and family: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Lee you know how much my mom loved your mom and now they can see each other once again in heaven. Please give your son's my love. Luv Lucia

Jane Cobb
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
My love, prayers and deepest sympathy. Jane Cobb

Rebecca Phelps Long
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
Lee, So saddened by this news. Can't remember a time "Miss" Barbara didn't light up a room with her bright smile and infectious laugh! She was a true Southern lady, with all the grace and elegance one would expect...and one of the most lovely Southern accents I've ever heard. I know the loss you feel and my heart goes out to you and your family. Most Sincerly, Rebecca Long (fna Becky Phelps)

Eddie & Tina Brown
   Posted Tue October 08, 2013
She will be missed! Always a joy to be around! A true "Southern Belle!". Love and prays to you, Mr. Lewis and Lee!

David & Janice Kopp
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Lewis and the family - Barbara was a truly special person who was such a pleasure to know - she will be tru4ly missed by the family and our community

Mark and Susan Higdon
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Lee and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. "Miss" Barbara enjoyed life as long as she was able and now she is on to much better things.

Judy Saxon
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Lewis, what an incredibly unique lady you married --- so many years ago. I'm sure Barbara gave you a lifetime of love, laughs, & -- yes --- challenges, too! She was truly a very special person whom I readily loved upon our first meeting. How I loved to hear her infectious laughter, jokes, and beautiful deep-rooted southern drawl. Though she will be missed by all of us, she will forever remain in my heart. And Lee, to you and your 'guys', please know that my thoughts are with all of you, as well. Most Sincerely, Judy

Tammy Cawthon
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Tammy Cawthon

   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Lee, I would always see and talk to your mom at Boswell Parker when I visited my mom. She always had a smile on her face. May our Heavenly Father send you comfort during this sad time. I am praying for you and the family. In deepest sympathy, Carlene Noggle

Casey Saxon
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about Aunt Barbara, but found some solace in knowing that she is at peace. She was just about as feisty as they come, and good to the core. She definitely left a positive mark here on earth. She will be missed, but will be welcomed with open arms where she is going. All our love, Casey, Joel and Wyle (Saxon/Wilson family)

Bob Rainwater
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
A sweet lady, and quite a wit.

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Mr. Lewis, Lee and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.

Meg Marshall
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Mr. Lewis,Lee and family, We are sorry about the loss of Ms. Barbara. You are all in our prayers.5

Roddy and Barbara McCommons
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Mr. Lewis and family. Mrs. Barbara was a true southern lady and a dear friend to Roddy's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kim Whittaker Townsend
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Mr. Lewis, Lee and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Barbara. Praying for your family during this difficult time. With Love, Kim Whittaker Townsend

Bill, Susan, Virginia and Don
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Donna Jones Adams
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
I just wanted you to know you and your family and Mr. Lewis are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace in this time of sorrow.

Diane and Dave Conger
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
Lee, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was quite a lady. One day I saw how determined she was to help one of my students get medical help. Not many people care so much about others.

Kay Ellenberg McClendon
   Posted Sun October 13, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sympathies are with you!

Betty Gober Anderson
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
Barbara and I grew up together. She was older and was one of my idols. I have not seen her in years, but always thought so much of her. I am sure she will be missed by family and friends. My sympathy to Lewis and Lee.

Judy Channell Miller
   Posted Tue October 29, 2013
So sorry to hear....

Ms. Ricky Winn
   Posted Thu March 31, 2016
Three years ago, without my knowledge, one of my favorite persons left a hole in my heart.

Barbara, Miss Saxon to me and my fellow students, was my English teacher at Fulton High School in SE Atlanta in 1959. Truthfully, I remember thinking on my first sighting of the intrepid Barbara Saxon that she wasn't very attractive. Three weeks later I could not imagine how I had ever thought that of the beautiful (what a body!) woman that thrilled us and chilled us - when we dared to step out of line - with her knowledge and love of English literature and all its mechanisms. She awakened in me a life-long intellectual curiosity to learn everything I could about everything the world had to offer.

She remains one of the most influential persons in my life.

The world is a little sadder place without Barbara Saxon Duvall. She was incredibly special.

Ms. Ricky Winn, author and musician