Barbara Jean Darnell Burden Barbery

Barbara Jean Darnell Burden Barbery, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at age 83. She was a native of Newport News and a lifelong resident of the Peninsula.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked as a manufacturer at Ball Metal Corporation until her retirement in 1994. Barbara was an exceptional, generous woman who was always there to help anyone in need. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Barbara was preceded in death by her mother, Sallie Womack Darnell; father, George Darnell; and her precious children, Oliver, and Glenn Burden.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jay Barbery; two daughters, Pattie Spears of Baco Raton, FL, and Georgene Jackson of Gloucester, VA; and eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Jason, and Debra Spears, Glenda Coulter, and Sally Corbie, Kaitlyn Jackson, Oliver, and Dusty Shelton.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.



    • Millie SanJuan

      Barbara was always nice to me while I was growing up and continued to be each time we met again. I will miss her a lot. Rest in peace Barbara

  1. Marjorie Daniel

    I am sorry we were away the week of the service. Barbara was so sweet to us when we moved to VA 29 years ago. She did the flowers for our wedding and was such a kind person. She will be missed.

  2. Betty gregory Roper

    Just came across Barbara’s obituary. Barbara and I were best friends in grade school. I moved to Warwick but we still stayed in touch. She will always be in my heart. Whenever we got in trouble I always got the spanking and she got talked to. She said she would rather have the spanking but we knew our mothers would not agree to let us trade punishment. I am so glad we got together when I was in town a couple years ago. She had an awesome smile and. So sorry for your loss. Betty Gregory Roper in Arizona

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