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December 10, 2023

Reba Houser Yarborough

Reba Houser Yarborough

Reba Houser Yarborough, 58, of Summerville, South Carolina, went home to be with her Lord on November 7, 2019.

She was born to Ford and Edna Houser of Lincoln County. She earned the Doctor of Education degree from Appalachian State University. Reba was a life-long learner and a teacher of teachers. Her passion was focused primarily on first generation college students. She was an advocate for all students, but especially those who came from very little.

She taught grades K-8 and served in administrative positions from 1984 until 2013. From 2013 to 2017, she was a professor of elementary education at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. She also taught piano lessons, played piano, and directed choir for several churches at every opportunity she had.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Keith Houser; and nephew, Ronald Lee Brittain.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Marvin Yarborough; her daughter, Danielle Yarborough of Raleigh; her son, Rev. Phillip Yarborough, his wife, Chelsea, and granddaughter, Claire of Statesville. She is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Huffman of Charlotte, and Rebecca Brittain of Hickory, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Reba will held at Alexander Funeral Service on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on November 13, 2019 at Hiddenite Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Rev. Gary Jennings and Rev. Sam Craven.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.


  1. Marsha K Humphreys on November 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    My sincere sympathy to the family. I worked with Reba only 1 year at CSU (2013-14) but enjoyed her company and her infectious laugh. She was a lovely, caring lady.

  2. Cynthia M. Putman on November 11, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I worked with Dr. Yarborough for 4 years. She was a fine Christian woman with a gentle spirit who loved her husband, family, and students. God bless her family and may she rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus.

  3. Beth Livingston on November 11, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Reba was such a lovely, caring person. She will be greatly missed by her former students and all of her CSU colleagues.

  4. Don Clerico on November 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Condolences to the Yarborough family. I am sorry for your loss but happy that Reba is in the presence of her Lord and in perfect health for eternity. 🙏🏻🌹🙏🏻

  5. Linda Rotunda on November 12, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Reba was a positive light and a true friend to me. My heart hurts. I will miss her so much. I will rejoice in her homecoming with the Lord.

  6. Pat Merkl on November 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Our hearts are broken for your loss, we were truly blessed to know this beautiful, soulful woman. May she rest in the peace she deserves and may you, her family, feel the peace of her being with the Lord and watching over you all.
    Loved knowing her. I’ll be ever grateful for that pleasure.

  7. Linda Karges-Bone on November 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    We will miss your sweet spirit Reba. You were the real thing my friend, a gifted teacher, artist, and disciple. Peace and love to your family. See you on the other side. Your sister… The Bone 🦴

  8. Carole Stone Doll on November 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Marvin, I am just finding out tonight about Reba’s passing to be with Jesus. My heart breaks for you-please know that I will be praying for you and your family. Asking Him to make His Presence known to you in a very special way, and to give you Peace.

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