Peggy Harrell Barbour

Peggy Harrell Barbour, 91, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. She was a resident of Lanexa, VA. Peggy was born to the late Nannie and James Harrell in Durham, NC. The family moved to the Peninsula, where Peggy graduated Hampton High School in 1951 and married her high school sweetheart, the late Milton Lee Barbour. Peggy was a member of the Baptist faith and was instrumental in founding the deaf ministry at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, which spread throughout the peninsula to include Tide Mill Baptist, West Hampton Baptist, and York River Baptist Churches. Peggy analyzed fingerprints for the FBI while her husband served in the US Army. She also served in various positions in the medical field, spanning over 30 years. She was a part of the quilter’s guild, enjoyed completing various crafts, and liked to breed and show poodles.

Peggy was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Irene Grimsley; and son-in-law, Robin Whorley.

She is survived by her three daughters, Peggy Lee LeFors (Nick), Nancy Whorley, and Linda Hood (Greg); sister, Betty Wainwright; brother, Billy Harrell; grandchildren, Trina Fountain, Georgia Boyko, Peggy Charlee Kinman, Jenilee Hurley, Nick LeFors III, and Renetta Hood; great-grandchildren, Alexis Kaplan, Virginia Fountain, Anthony Boyko, Charles Fountain III, Sam Kinman, Jackson Mason, Nate Kinman,  Rachel Kinman, Joseph Mason, Langdon Hurley, and Jovelle Hurley; and two great-great-grandsons, Dakota and River Boyko.

The family would like to thank Mrs. Barbour’s personal care aide, Martha Logan, along with the ICU and critical care team at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center for their exceptional care of their loved one.

The family will have a visitation at Peninsula Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Bill Cashman will be officiating the service.

A second reception will be held on Friday, November 24, 2023, at Liberty York River Campus from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Croaker, VA.


  1. Rev. D. Dirkx

    Family of Peggy H. Barbour

    Thank you for an awesome friendship and I’ll miss you! You were a champion kind of a beautiful friend of mine. I’ll never forget you, Peggy! Thank you for being a part of my virtual church – God’s Barn. You are forever loved and missed.

    1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD for HE is good! HIS mercy endures forever.

    Psalm 136:1

    Peggy H. Barbour, thank you for everything and keep in mind, your love endures in my heart as mine to you. Enjoy Heaven until then…

    Deepest condolences with prayers, love and comfort… embraces endures with love forever. God bless you ~

    Rev. D. Dirkx
    God’s Barn

  2. Katherine Musser

    Nana Peggy, the memories of you and your shenanigans will always be a part those you loved and those who loved you. Milton has you now and that is a great comfort. I thank you both for allowing me to be a part of your life and family all these years. Love, Kathy

    1 Timothy 5:3-4

    3 Honor widows who are really widows. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is [a]good and acceptable before God.

    Nancy, Trina and Georgia, my heart hurts for each one of you for the loss of your momma and nana.

    I know each of you continually sacrificed the living of your daily lives for months to give unconditional love and to provide the daily and nightly care your momma and nana needed these past months. You three truly honored your mother and grandmother and I have no doubt that ‘Daddy and grandad” is very much pleased with you. All my love, Kathy

  3. Jane Rappold Seaman

    I attended Hampton High with Peggy and graduation. She was such a nice person and my friend. I am so sorry for your loss. She fought the good fight and finished the course. She has received her reward.

  4. Bill Mitchell

    I am so sorry to hear of Peggy passing away. I will forever remember the days of us sharing time at the Northampton Resque Squad. What a great lady she was.

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