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Mrs. Gladys Hill Eastridge Yarbrough, of Greensboro, died on April 23,
2011. She was born July 29, 1935 in Marion, Virginia and was the daughter of Lillian Osborne and Roby Julius Eastridge. Her childhood, from age 2 onward, was spent in Mountain City, Tennessee, where she graduated from Johnson County High School. She attended Appalachian State Teachers College in Boone where she was a music major.
The youngest of nine children she inherited the musical and artistic gifts of her parents. Her father's piano , organ, and furniture store was a focal point in her small hometown where townsfolk would gather to hear him play the piano and harmonica at the same time and her mother was an accomplished artist among her many talents. From first grade onward, she quickly became a gifted pianist and soloist, performing in many productions and recitals.
While at Appalachian she met and married her husband Billy Dermot Yarbrough who was also a student at the time, having just returned from duty in the Navy during the Korean War. The first time he ever heard her sing was a solo at Boone Methodist Church. They moved to Lexington NC in 1960 where she was a soprano soloist with First Baptist Church. After moving to Greensboro in 1971, she continued as soprano soloist at Vandalia Presbyterian Church and began a tradition for many years in singing a solo of O Holy Night at the Christmas Eve service which was always widely anticipated. When they joined First Presbyterian Church in 2000, she enjoyed her role in the large choir there and was able to sing into this past Christmas season. Throughout this entire time, she enjoyed spending much of her spare time singing at weddings, funerals, and special church events, graciously fulfilling every possible request she could. She was also a longtime member of the Greensboro Oratorio Society and Greensboro Choral Society.
She began devoting more time to her artwork in the past few years and her paintings, like her Mother's, adorn her family's homes.
She taught piano and voice to many students from 1971 to 1981 when she began work at Western Electric/AT&T at the Guilford Center where her husband also worked. She held many different roles there until her retirement in 1993.
Her greatest joy was her family and reveled in her grandchildren's accomplishments. She loved the large family reunions in Mountain City and later at her sister's family farm in Dark Hollow Virginia. She was a thoughtful friend to many. She enjoyed researching and studying her family and was proud of their deep frontier roots and was a source of information for their rich genealogical history.
She lived her life by Christian example. She was always humble and giving. She put the needs of others before her own, and was self assured and confident in fulfilling her many roles within her family and community. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mrs. Yarbrough is survived by her husband of 55 years, Billy Dermot Yarbrough. She is also survived by her children: Mark Douglas Yarbrough & wife, Anne of Greensboro NC and Steven Gregory Yarbrough & wife, Anne of Burlington, NC; eight grandchildren: Walter Cochrane Yarbrough, Caroline Holt Yarbrough, Katherine Newlin Yarbrough, Lucie Hill
Yarbrough, Catherine Anne Yarbrough, Stephanie Marie Coble, Stephen McIver Coble, & Charles Nicholson Coble. She is also
survived by her brothers: Reverend Julius Vance Eastridge & wife, Carlene of
Johnson City, Tennessee and Reverend Roby Harold Eastridge & wife, Nell, of Kingsport, Tennessee. She was predeceased by her siblings, Virginia Bennington, Ernest Eastridge, Homer Eastridge, Izella Osborne, Ozella Vines and Stella Maude Counts.
The family received friends in the Virginia Gilmer Room at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening, April 26 from 7 until 8:30. The funeral service was Wednesday, April 27 at 11am at First Presbyterian Church followed by internment.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Music Fund, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro NC.
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