Keith Cline Barringer, 70, of the Edgemont Community, passed away Sunday morning, August 29, 2021 at the home of his mother in Newton, after battling a heart condition for the last year.
He was born March 9, 1951 in Catawba County to the late Donald Sinclair Barringer and his surviving mother Jean Cline Barringer.
Baptized and confirmed at Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton he continued his Lutheran faith in Boone for many years with his family. A 1969 Graduate of Bandys High School, Keith continued his studies at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, and later earned Bachelor(s) of Arts & Sciences from Appalachian State University in Boone.
Having spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry he was a top salesman for Centel/Sprint for many years before building his own business installing corporate phone systems as well as wiring most of ASU and Boone for the internet with his companies TymeNet and Appstate.net. Upon retirement he still could not leave those North Carolina Mountains and settled in the Edgemont Community of Caldwell County where he filled his days feeding the trout, cutting trees, riding his tractor, and helping out the neighbors, whether mowing grass, fixing electrical, plumbing or just checking on things. In the last few years, he was often found at Coffey's General Store filling the heads of all hikers, bikers, kayakers, and general tourists with the history of Edgemont and Caldwell County. Keith greatly enjoyed raising his children in the mountains, as well as having his grandsons come to visit and throw rocks in the creek.
In addition to his father, Keith was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Gary Eugene Sigmon.
Left to cherish a lifetime of memories are his children - sons William C. Barringer of Winston Salem and Benjamin N. Barringer and partner Miranda Martin of Thomasville; daughter Alex E. Barringer of Flagstaff, Arizona; his mother Jean Cline Barringer of Newton; his sisters Mrs. Gary E. (Donna) Sigmon of Claremont and Ella L. Barringer and partner Wayne C. Herring Jr. of Newton; grandsons Liam N. Barringer and Cole M. Barringer of Thomasville; his faithful dog Sadie who was with him to the end. Also surviving to cherish those memories are nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews, as well as the community of Edgemont, and many close, dear friends from throughout his lifetime.
A service to celebrate Keith’s life will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service, 7878 NC Hwy. 16, Newton. The Rev. Marcus Ollis of Beth Eden Lutheran Church will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service. Burial will be private.
The family wishes to express huge thanks for the prayers, and the visits from Rev. Marcus Ollis, as well as the prayers and visit from Pastor Harvey Stamey, a lifelong friend of Keith’s. A special thank you to Melody, Kaitlyn, and Christy with MSA Medi Home Hospice, you ladies helped Keith to have a soft landing, thank you.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Caldwell County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1991, Lenoir, NC 28645, Catawba County Humane Society, P.O. Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603, or Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 North Main Avenue, Newton, NC, 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Barringer family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com
Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Barringer family.