Edris Rebecca Holcomb Barnick was born on October 19th, 1946, the fifth of five children born to Marin and Belle. She was preceded in death by siblings, Jim and Rachel Holcomb. Becky is survived by her sister, Elaine and J.W. (Red) Edwards, and brother Clyde Holcomb. In addition, she is survived by her niece Cynthia Edwards and great niece Macy Miller, and cousins Lamar Dunn and Suzie Dunn.
Her best friend and husband of 50 years, Terry Barnick, preceded her in death just 25 days prior. Becky and Terry had one son, who was the joy of their lives, Raoul Barnick and his wife Lauren Barnick. Becky had been waiting and hoping for a grandchild for years, Lauren and Raoul are expecting their first daughter in February. Becky and Terry were so excited about their granddaughter, Audrey Rubybelle Barnick. She wanted Audrey to call her BeBe.
Becky was born and raised in Chatsworth, Georgia. When about three years old Becky wouldn’t come down from a tree. Her Aunt, Macy Jackson, picked up a hickory switch to encourage Becky to comply. Becky said, “You might as well put that down because you know you’re not going to use it.” Becky got away with behaviors that her siblings had never been allowed because of her cunning. As a young child on Sunday afternoons, Becky would delight her family by delivering the sermon on a stump in the yard, almost word for word as the pastor had done.
Tragically, as a junior at Murray County High School, her daddy died of asthma and she had to move to Cartersville with her mother. Becky was admitted to University of Georgia, there she studied math education and worked for the student center, booking bands for dances and other entertainment. It was her portable record player and extensive music collection that impressed “Terry”. They were known to enjoy sitting together and listening to music on the campus lawn and Terry said he married her for her music.
They were married in 1969 and lived in Athens. Becky taught 5th graders while Terry finished his law degree and enlisted in the Air Force. They then moved to Patrick Air Force Base, where Terry was stationed. They were very happy in Florida fishing every day. They kept their niece Cynthia every summer, where they tried to teach Cynthia to swim, fish and Becky’s favorite past time, paint. Becky was a very kind woman and even more talented artist. After the completion of Terry Barnick’s service in Florida, they moved to Adel, Georgia where she received an art degree at Valdosta State University.
She gave birth at the age of 41 to Terry Raoul Barnick Jr. A dedicated baseball, taekwondo, theatre, and all-around amazing mom who pitched batting practice for Raoul, attended every game and performance.
Becky’s visits back to North Georgia, after they had settled down in Adel were few. But they would laugh and tell stories of their childhood (Becky had a very memorable laugh), it was wonderful to see how much love her family had for each other.
Becky requested that she be cremated and like her husband have no funeral. Instead, they both asked to have a party that was a celebration of their lives. Raoul and Lauren will be hosting a party celebrating both of their wonderful lives and love for each other on December 7, 2019 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the residence. Their ashes will also be mixed together, so they may never be apart.
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