Barbara E. (Alspach) Knoblett

Born: Wed., Feb. 2, 1949
Died: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 25, 2019
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Fri., Jan. 25, 2019
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Barbara Elaine Knoblett was born February 2, 1949 to the late Earnest and Nina Bond Alspach. Barbara passed away on January 15, 2019 on Lake Martin near Dadeville, Alabama.

She is also preceded in death by Harry and Sue Alspach, Ray and Gayla Alspach, and sister-in-law, Brenda Alspach.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Melvin E. Knoblett. She is also survived by her daughter, Melanie Ayn (Scott) Walling and their children, Chase and Anna Walling of Jemison, Alabama; daughter, Amy Michelle (Matthew) Higdon and their children, Brock, Nicholas, Isabel “Izzy” Hidgon of Pelham, Alabama; and son, Michael Scott (Heidi) Knoblett and their daughter, Kaydian “KK” Knoblett of Newnan, Georgia. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and many loving family members.

Barbara grew up in Hardinville, Illinois and attended Oblong High School. She worked as a beautician after graduation. She married Melvin on May 25, 1969 and traveled to several states while he was in the Army. After Melvin’s time in the army, they moved to New Orleans where they raised their three children. During their time in New Orleans, she volunteered as a substitute teacher to teach remedial reading to children. In 1986, they moved to Birmingham, Alabama where Barbara started a hair salon business and operated it until 1996. She began an additional day spa business where she was able to work with her daughters and husband. While operating the day spa, she obtained a bachelors degree in clinical hypnotherapy from St. John’s University. She was a lifelong learner and teacher of healing arts. She was an artist who loved and embraced creativity. She was an outgoing spirit who loved connecting with the individuals that she came in contact with. She also served as a youth director at Pelham United Methodist Church. She enjoyed vacationing in Jamaica and Mexico.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Friday January 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with visitation from 10:00 AM until time of service at 12:00 PM.  Interment of cremated remains will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Palestine, IL.

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Tami Abraham
   Posted Wed January 16, 2019
What a beautiful lady, so full of humor, life and passion. I was blessed
to have her as my aunt.

Crystal Turner
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for sweet Mrs. Barbara. It was a pleasure knowing her.

Sue & Harold Heth
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
Love & prayers during this difficult time. After dad’s heart attack and “life after death “ experience, he said, “it’s the most wonderful thing that life has to offer—and it is eternal”.

Joann Rome
   Posted Fri January 18, 2019
Mel and family ...
You are in our thoughts the next few days.
Prayers for sweet Barbara ❤️ and your family .
Joann and Brent Rome

   Posted Sat January 19, 2019
Sincere condolences to you and your family from your old neighbors on the MacArcarty school house road, Bill and Donna Swaner.

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