Barbara Reams Haws Jilton


Barbara Reams Haws Jilton passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. She was born in Talbot, Tennessee on July 27, 1933 to the late Robert L. Reams and Anna Mae Murr Reams. She was predeceased by her husband, Ned D. Jilton, Sr., her brother Bobby Reams, and by Grace and Lyle Haws who were like parents to her.
Jonesborough and Johnson City were always home to her, where she lived a rich, full, and abundant life. A graduate of Jonesboro High School and East Tennessee State University; she taught English and Language Arts for over thirty years at Jonesborough Middle School; she loved young people and was honored as Teacher of the Year for Washington County. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
A member of the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, Barbara loved her church family. She served as an elder, was a member of the Shalom Circle, the Granny Broyles Sunday School Class, and volunteered tirelessly at the church whenever there was a need or a celebration. Singing alto in the church choir was another joy she had, and she could still harmonize in these last few weeks when words wouldn’t come to her. A beacon of health and vitality for most of her life, she loved her family, friends, the jitterbug, college football, the Atlanta Braves, and any kind of music. She lived her life to the fullest. Her faith in God and love for all people without reservation was an example to all who knew her. Barbara’s children and grandchildren will miss her teasing, joking, and loving devotion to them. She is survived by her daughter Laura Haws Williams and Bob (son-in-law) of Charleston, SC; her son Frank P. Haws, Jr. and Judy (daughter-in-law) of Johnson City; her daughter Angela Haws Poole of Lexington, KY; and one step-son Ned D. Jilton, Jr. of Gray. She was an amazing grandmother to seven grandchildren, Judith Smith (Charleston, SC); Sam Correll (Prosper, TX); Caroline Gebhardt (Atlanta, GA); Larry Poole (Katy, TX); John Lyle Poole (Lexington, KY); Hank Haws (Tampa, FL); Kaley Haws (Johnson City); and nine great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include her sister Julia Clark (Johnson City), sister-in-law Judy Haws Hash (Colonial Heights), niece Renee Clark Sherer, and nephew Dr. Rob Hash. She also leaves special friends Ashley Haws Guyton, Meredith Haws Balasco, Angelique and Mitch Skaggs, Lynn Haren, Charlene and Bill Allen, Helen Conger, Corinne Parnell, Elvin and Hank Little, Betty Mitchell, and Caroline Hill.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara Reams Haws Jilton will be held at Dillow Taylor Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 28th; family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm, and funeral service will follow. She will be laid to rest at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Jonesborough on Wed., March 1st at 11am.
Active pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Dalmer Cavin, Joel Conger, Sam Haren, Bob Hash, Dr. Frank Haws, Elvin Little, Henry Marable, Sam Mitchell, Dr. Clay Renfro, Jimmy Rhein, Joe Wilson, Kelly Wolfe, and Pat Wolfe.
The family would like to extend special thanks for the loving caregivers in the skilled nursing wing at Cornerstone Village and to the caregivers from Avalon Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, the Ronald McDonald House or to the charity of your choice.

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03-01-2017 Debbie Williams
Her passing has stirred up some wonderful memories. I can still remember her standing by her middle school classroom door "ROUNDING UP" the students for class. She was always positive and encouraging with her words of wisdom. WHAT A WONDERFUL TEACHER. How wonderful it would be to relive those "days" for just a moment, I can through many wonderful memories. I can remember when I was a little girl how nice she was to my momma, my sister Susie and me. Great "LIPSTICK" too, yes I noticed that as a little girl. I can say that she (among others) had a great influence on my life and helped mold me to be the person I am today. I will miss her but I will think of her often. To her family...YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I AM SURE SHE WAS VERY PROUD OF YOU. I am sorry for your loss. GOD BLESS YOU.
03-01-2017 Abigail Whitson
I had the privilege of helping care for her. She was so sweet and funny. She always knew how to put a smile on your face she will be missed and she was very much loved at Cornerstone. I love and miss you barb!
02-28-2017 Nancy Stevens Brown
Ms Haws was my teacher when I went to Asbury School. She was the one teacher who molded my life. I have thought of her often over the years. I credit her with helping me be what I am today. Thank you for all you did for me and I love you and will miss you so very much.
02-28-2017 Pat Hyder
Barbara was a sweet lady and loved by many. She will be missed!!
02-28-2017 Samona Jilton McMillan and family
Barbara was wonderful and I was so fortunate to have her in my life growing up. We extend our sympathies and prayers to your family.
02-27-2017 Georgie Byrd Snapp
Barbara was such a wonderful person. I knew her for years and she was always so much fun and always interested in other people. She will be missed!
02-27-2017 Georgie Byrd Snapp
Barbara was such a wonderful person. I knew her for years and she was always so much fun and always interested in other people. She will be missed!
02-27-2017 J.Shannon Zukas
My thoughts and prayers for my cousins and the family of Barbara..what an exceptional lady she was...Wonderful memories with morals and life lessons is what she leaves in my heart...I think of Laura,Judith,Sam and Caroline often,I'm holding you in my prayers and heart as you go through this time....
02-27-2017 Cherie Chapman Phillips
Baba, Your love of family, friends, students and God remains within each of us. Your laughter and smiles permeate our beings forever. My heart is heavy with the loss of being unable to visit with you again here. However, know you are welcomed by our Savior and rejoined with all of your friends and family. As always your joy will be with all who love you so! Love and prayers to all of your family! You each filled Barbara's life to overflowing with your love and care! Lovingly, Cherie
02-27-2017 Mr.Tommy and Karen Perkey
Barbara was a very special lady and she will be missed, her family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
02-27-2017 Wayne Coffey
All I can say is Barbara Jilton was the coolest teacher I ever had.
02-27-2017 Tim and Susan Coones
Lifting you all up in prayer! I know Baba will be missed. Such sweet memories we have of her when she visited South Carolina. We were blessed to know her! Sending hugs and prayers your way! ❤
02-27-2017 Lynn Haren
Dear Family Members, Barbara was truly a one-of-a-kind lady! I vividly remember meeting her in the JMS hallway back in 1971. She was beautiful, laughing, smiling, friendly...I could go on and on! From that day forward, Barbara became one of my very dearest friends. She epitomized every quality a true friend should possess. Just thinking of all the lives she touched is overwhelming. I know I am a better person today because of her Christian influence. Please know I truly loved, admired, and respected Barbara. There will never be another "Barbara." She is absent from the body, but she is in the presence of our Lord!!! May God bless each of you and surround you with the peace only He can give. She loved you all so much! My deepest love and sympathy go to you, Laura, Frank, Angie, and other family members. Lynn Haren
02-26-2017 Kim Holt Wood
Sweet Barbara! I can just imagine you in Heaven right now with all of our family there! You were and will always remain in my heart and your laughter and great jitterbug bring a smile to my face! I will see you in Heaven and will miss you here! I love you! Kim
02-26-2017 Becky and Russ Robinson
Laura, we are praying for you and your family during his time. Your mom was so sweet and will be dearly missed. She was loved by all. Our thoughts are with you all. Love Russ and Becky


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