Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Barbara Holt Sells

Barbara Holt Sells of Richfield, aged 82, passed away March 25, 2020, at her home.

Born February 25, 1938, in Albemarle, North Carolina, to Alma Banks Holt and Betty Adele Thackston Holt, both of whom preceded her in death, Barbara was a proud graduate of Albemarle High School, class of 1956, and Women’s College (later UNC-Greensboro) where she earned her teaching certificate.

After teaching for a few years in Albemarle City Schools, Barbara began what would be a long and distinguished career teaching English and Language Arts at West Montgomery High School from 1971 until her retirement in 1997. In addition to her love of English Literature and proper grammar, Barbara was a volunteer in many activities at the school, and often chaperoned dances and ball games. In her later years, she enjoyed keeping up with many of her past students via social media, up until her declining health limited her time in front of the computer.

After her retirement, Barbara enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and the extended family. She was also known for her years for gardening abilities, and kept her young family fed from the garden during those lean summers in the days when teachers were only paid for 10 months! Later on, her family came to know of “Mommy Bee’s” love of parties and family gatherings. No one worked harder to make someone’s birthday super-special, and she made great effort to make everything from cards to the cake very personal for the celebrant!

Barbara is survived by her four children: daughter Kelly Baker Almond (and husband Rod) of Richfield; son Robert Dale Baker of Albemarle; son Roger Scott Sells (and wife Natsuko) of Charlotte; and daughter Stacy Diane Sells of the home; by three grandchildren – Martin A. Jones of Kernersville, Barbara Diane Jones of Albemarle, and Zachery D. Baker of Albemarle; by one great-grandchild, Terrel Edward Christan of Albemarle; and by one sister, Betty Holt Harwood of Blowing Rock, NC.

As per Barbara’s request, there will be no public memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care of Winston-Salem.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Sells family.


  • Jerry Lou Jones Posted March 26, 2020 12:04 pm

    My sympathy to all the family. Barbara and I worked together at Morrow Mountain in the summers many years ago. Knowing her was a delight.

  • Annette Williams Posted March 26, 2020 4:04 pm

    One of the best teachers in the world.
    We Learned but knew she cared about us. One of my favorites I’ll remember always.

  • Kathy Williams Posted March 26, 2020 7:35 pm

    I think I actually remember every word that came out of her mouth! 3 or 4 years ago I ran into her at the grocery store. She told me that she had actually carried one of my poems in her purse always. I don’t have any idea which one it was, but I was so happy that I had an impact on her as well as her having an impact on me. I was totally inthralled by everything she had to say. She was so full of life and really enjoyed being a teacher. That was so much her calling! I’ll never forget her bubbly little self!

    • Johnny Holt Posted March 27, 2020 8:04 pm

      I am deeply sadden to hear of Barbara’s death. I have so many fond memories of her and her family growing up in Albemarle. Barbara’s father was like a father to me, even thought he was my half-brother. She will be missed by so many people. I pray for your family during this time. She will be missed by all of us, but never forgotten. With Love

  • Jeff Johnson Posted March 28, 2020 12:21 pm

    My condolences to the family. Ms. Sells was truly loved. She was not only a great teacher, but a wonderful person. WMHS was lucky to have here as one of their faculty members. I believe she gave all of her students some very fond memories. She will be missed.

  • Karen Hinson Myers Posted March 30, 2020 7:28 pm

    My favorite teacher at West Montgomery. They don’t make teachers like you any more.
    Love You Mrs. Sells.

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