Ralph Burton Barnhill

November 3, 1956 - April 30, 2024

11/03/1956 - 04/30/2024

Past Services

Thursday May 02, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service - Letchworth Chapel
101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Funeral Service
Friday May 03, 2024
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service - Letchworth Chapel
101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Ralph Burton Barnhill, age 67, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

Ralph was born on November 3, 1956. He grew up in Scotland Neck with his parents, James Burton “JB” and Frances Phillips Barnhill and his sister Trudy. He was married to Ginger Edwards for 33 years and to this marriage they had one daughter, Kathryn Virginia “Kathy”. Ralph worked at Shenandoah Wood Preservers, Inc. prior to his retirement. His hobbies included woodworking and hunting deer mainly but also turkey and rabbits. Like his father, he was a long-time member of Clark Gun Club, to those that knew him, knew the club was his passion, especially preserving the history of the club. Ralph also enjoyed cooking and sharing what he cooked. Over the years, he had a crew of locals that would come out on Friday nights, and he would cook for them at the pool house along with cooking whole hogs at Kathy’s school and Sylvan Heights Bird Park when they had fundraisers. He also was known for texting cooking buddies around supper time with “What’s on the grill?”. Ralph referred to the “glory days” as being downtown Greenville between Chapter X and Papa Katz. He shared the stories of those days with such detail that you felt like you were there yourself. When it came to traveling, he cherished his trips to Montana and Jackson Hole the most. When you see a rocking chair by a pool, take a moment and remember Ralph because that was his happy place.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents and his sister. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Barnhill of the home, daughter, Kathy Barnhill of Greenville, and their beloved dog, Molly.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 2, 2024, from 6:00-7:30pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service ~ Letchworth Chapel.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 3, 2024 at 11:00am at the Letchworth Chapel at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to the Scotland Neck Methodist Church, 110 West 9th Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here; or directly to Sylvan Heights Bird Park, 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck is handling arrangements for the Barnhill family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com.

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Douglas Pickette
23 days ago

My heart hurts knowing that I will not be hearing from Ralph by text message again. He and I were lifelong friends and competitors in basketball. I know Ralph received his Salvation in the past and look forward to seeing “The Big Guy” again in Heaven in God’s time.

Jeff Dickens
23 days ago

Ralph loved his Family and many friends. He enjoyed cooking rather there be two or two hundred. He loved his home and farm on which he enjoyed hunting with friends. He loved people and we loved him ….we miss you buddy . ????

Dale B. Murphrey
23 days ago

My condolences to the family.

Anna Wilson
23 days ago

Ralph, my heart is breaking just knowing you are not just across the field. You have been a trusted and true friend to Robert and me over the years. I know you are not in pain. Your suffering on this earth is done. I can only imagine what you and Robert are doing now. I know you two will be keeping an eye on Ginger and I. Robert and I loved you like a brother. You will be missed so much . Until we meet again my friend. Godspeed ????♥️✝️