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I grew up the youngest in my family in the town of Warsaw in rural eastern North Carolina. Life was really simple back then, so many changes since I lived there last. My family didn’t have a whole lot but we got by with what we had. I grew up knowing what a college education would mean for me. My family pushed me to excel in many ways. There was always lots of support in my home and outside of it too.

My college life was good; I met lots of folks from all over the world! It was my first real glimpse into life outside of Duplin County and I loved it. Saint Augustine’s College (now University) provided me with a high quality education as well as the other tools that I needed to succeed in life. I remain grateful for my undergrad years at the “The Aug.” That is also where I pledged my beloved sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. which also introduced me to my service life. Service is one of the founding principles of my Sorority and I have been living in it ever since.

My service life has taken me so many places since then. I am moved when I think of all the lives I have touched and made a difference in. Service is at the core of who I am and is a part of my everyday existence. Helping others without expecting anything in return is a humbling experience for me because I can’t begin to count the number of times that someone has extended a hand or a listening ear to help me along the way. 

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Barbara has been recognized for numerous awards, including most recently as a Woman of Achievement by Chapel Hill Magazine, as the Woman of the Year by her Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and as a Recipient of the Chapel Hill Carrboro NAACP's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.

Photo by John Michael Simpson

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Barbara receiving the Woman of Achievement recognition from Ellen Shannon of Shannon Media

Barbara with husband Braxton Foushee

Barbara and Rep. Renée Price with Orange County veterans

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