Linda “Gail”King Barber (7/7/1944-1/6/2014) lived and died with Grace.  Gail was born in Stone Mountain, grew up in Decatur, and lived most of her adult life in Stone Mountain, GA.  She was an alumna of North Georgia College (65) and Georgia State University (78).  Gail was devoted to making life better for those who have the least, providing them with education, food, medicine, and prayer.  She was a retired DeKalb County ESOL teacher, taught Sunday School and VBS for more than 40 years, and committed her life to “welcoming the stranger.”  Gail loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker, gardener, kayaker, and letterboxer.  She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Frank, her children and their families:  Jill, Trudy, and Jordan Lee-Barber, Glen, Jen, Tafton, & Tristan Barber, Tom, Lynn, & Nova Ngo, and Abudul Hussain, as well as her siblings Henry King and Susan Buell and their families, and countless members of her dear extended immigrant family.  Condolences can be sent through; in lieu of flowers, donations to,,, or the church benevolent fund of your choice can be made. Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on 1/17 at Wages in Stone Mountain.  Memorial Service will be at 2 pm on 1/18 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, with visitation and reception from 1-2 pm at the church.

 In lieu of flowers: Heifer International Atlanta 1 World Ave. Little Rock  AR, 72202 1-855-948-6437 International Rescue Committee Atlanta 2305 Parklake Dr. Atlanta GA,  30345 404-292-7731  United Methodist Committee on Relief 475 Riverside Dr.  Room 1520 New York NY, 10115 1-800-554-8583    

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  1. Frank, Jill, Trudy, Glen & Jen,
    You and the little girls are in my thoughts and prayers. Gail was a wonderful friend, and I’ll miss her.

  2. My deepest condolences and sympathies to all of you. I know from my interactions with Jill, that the world has lost an exceptional woman whose loss will be deeply felt by many.

    Any man’s death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.
    John Donne

  3. Jill and Family,

    May the peace that comes from memories of love shared comfort your family now and days to come. My sincere condolences.

    Mekko Mongeon

  4. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences in the loss of your beloved wife, Gail. Our entire family is saddened by the loss of such a beautiful person, your wife and our cousin.
    Our love,
    Sandi, Jerry, Justin, Justin and James
    Florida family

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jill, and your family. Seeing the picture of your mom and reading about her interests and loving nature to all makes it clear that she will be deeply missed. I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that all of us who are associated with you see her spirit shine through you.

  6. Our family has kept you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find peace in your wonderful loving memories of your Mom. Love, Mia, Barb, Allyson, Mitch & Marti

  7. We are so sorry and we continue to lift up your family. Each of you are so very special to us. We love you!

  8. I extend my deepest condolences. Continue to pray to the Almighty God, the Hearer of prayer for comfort. Pour out your heart in supplication for insight, for strength by drawing close to him. The God of all comfort” will give you the courage and the strength to cope.—2 Corinthians 1:3,4

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