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September 30, 2023

Barbara Dula Eckard

Barbara Dula Eckard

Barbara Dula Eckard, of Bethlehem, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 1, 2020. After an almost five year battle with pancreatic cancer, she passed at home surrounded by family.

She was born April 17, 1951 to the late Thomas H. and Virginia (Triplett) Dula in Caldwell County. Preceding her in her heavenly journey, in addition to her parents, were two brothers, Gordon and Leeroy Dula.

She married Boyce Eckard on February 11, 1973. This union was blessed with twin sons (Feb. 22, 1975), Jeffrey (wife Jessica) and Jason (wife Hanna), who were the pride and joy of her life. Barbara was a graduate of Hudson High School and retired from Sherrill Furniture Company after 38 years.

Also surviving are her special grandchildren, Carson, Jenna, Adisyn and Trenton Eckard, all of Taylorsville; sisters, Shirley Hackworth of Lenoir, and Gwendolyn Church (Roger) of Hudson; brothers, George and Steve Dula (Cindy) of Lenoir; and a number of nieces and nephews, each one special to her.

We would like to thank all of our family and friends and special friend, Linda Watts, who helped make Barbara’s journey easier.

A service to celebrate Barbara’s life will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at The Chapel Church-Hickory. Rev. Dale Watts will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at The Chapel Church-Hickory.

Those serving as pallbearers are: Jason Eckard, Jeffrey Eckard, Lewis White, Denny Ester, Brian Lackey, and Scott Sigmon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658; or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Condolences may be sent to the Eckard Family at

The Eckard Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton.

1 Comment

  1. Laura Forbes on January 2, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Please know that our heart are heavy at your loss but it is surely heaven’s gain. Love & prayers, Laura & Herman Forbes

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