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Barbara “Bobbie” Reed Yount, 76

BOLIVIA — Barbara “Bobbie” Reed Yount, 76, of Bolivia, passed away on November 16, 2021, at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick. She fought a courageous battle
with Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Bobbie was born on November 1, 1945, in Rocky Mount, NC, the daughter of the late Dr. Theodore Dorris and Marion Fisher Reed. Most of her childhood was spent in Murfreesboro, NC where she was surrounded by a large extended family and spent many happy times with her cousins. Upon graduation from Murfreesboro High School, she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating with a B.A. in Social Work.

She moved to Southport after her graduation from college. It was during this time that she met and married the love of her life, Phil, whom she shared twenty-eight years of laughter and love until his death in 1996. Her first job was with the Department of Social Services where she helped many foster and adoptive children and families. She continued her support of children and families by joining the Brunswick County School system, teaching at both Lincoln and Bolivia schools. She left the school system after the birth of her daughter but her commitment to education never wavered. She was elected to the Brunswick County Board of Education for two terms. Her last job, where she would remain for twenty-five years until her retirement, was at Cape Fear Community College. She served as the Director of Continuing Education and the Coordinator of the ABE/GED/Comp Ed programs in both Brunswick County and later at the Wilmington campus. She was loved immensely by both her teachers and students. Her colleagues were some of her dearest friends.

Service to others was ingrained in her soul. She rarely missed an opportunity, no matter how small, to help her community. She was a lifelong Democrat. However, it was her sincere belief that we must all do whatever we can to help others and not let political beliefs divide us. In addition to serving on the Brunswick County BOE, she was a founding member of the Lower Cape Fear Junior Woman’s Club, member of the New Hanover County Literacy Council, served on the ATMC Elections Board and as a precinct judge with the Brunswick County Board of Elections. She volunteered with Matthews Ministry for many years helping to deliver weekly backpacks of food to children in need.

Family was her greatest joy. Her smile and encouraging words will be missed daily by all those that loved her.

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