Barbara Riley Krentz was welcomed into the arms of her Savior Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

She was born in Ozark, Ala., to the late Charles Isaac Riley Sr. and Sara Lee Barbaree Riley May, 21, 1934.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Walter Krentz Sr.

Serving several generations of students throughout her tenure, Barbara retired from teaching with Wayne County Public Schools. She devoted her life to the children she taught, enriching their spirits and their minds with the quest for knowledge.

Barbara did enjoy serving her family. Whether smocking beautiful outfits for her grandchildren or preparing a delicious meal, she truly cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren. And she always made sure they were dressed and groomed properly, just as she did for herself.

As a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Barbara utilized the gifts she had been given to glorify God and serve the church through various ministries. She welcomed the opportunity to serve God and others.

A steady rock for her family, Barbara loved each of them dearly, and offered much time and attention to their lives. Whether needing advice, a listening ear or casual conversation, they knew that Barbara was always available to hear them out.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept, 19, 2022, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Phyllis Vail and the Rev. Jim Harry officiating.

The family will greet friends at the church following the service.

A private entombment for the family will be at Wayne Memorial Park.

Barbara is survived by her son, Richard Walter Krentz Jr. and wife, Kim, of Goldsboro; daughter, Sandra Krentz Wilkins and husband, Charles, of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Margaret Lee Wilkins Marion, Charles Riley Wilkins, Anna Wilkins McCormick, Matthew Sabiston Wilkins, Richard Starling Krentz and wife, Cissi, and Daniel Isaac Krentz and wife, Jessica; and great-grandchildren, Eleanor Belle Wilkins, Charles Winston Wilkins, Leah Ward McCormick, Ryan Wilkins McCormick, Solomon Lee Marion, Matthew Henry Marion and Hayden Lynn Krentz.

She is also survived by her sister, Gail R. Hildreth, and brother, Charles Isaac Riley Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Barbara’s memory to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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