William Edward “Ed” Barefoot, 72, of Newton Grove, passed away Monday, December 13, 2021 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill.
Funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday, December 17th at Creekside Chapel at Newton Grove Florist with Rev. Glenn McCullen officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately after the interment at the grave.
Ed, born May 1, 1949 in Harnett County, was the son of the late William Howard Barefoot and Luna Lee Barefoot. He owned Ed Barefoot’s Surveying, Greater Carolina Auction Company, farmed for many years and served as a medic the US Army during the Vietnam War.
Ed is survived by his wife of 51 wonderful years, Belinda Bryan Barefoot, daughters Ragan Pearson and son-in-law Matthew Pearson of Clinton and Jessy Barefoot and son-in-law Mark Cruz of Newton Grove. He also leaves behind three adoring granddaughters; Delaney and Hadley Pearson and Harper Cruz. His surviving siblings are Barbara Pleasant and Anthony Barefoot and several nieces and nephews.
Ed grew up in Blackman’s Crossroads and moved to Newton Grove when he married the love of his life, and boss, Belinda. They worked diligently over the years to build a magnificent life together and anyone that knew them knew that they were an unbreakable team. Ed and Belinda raised two daughters that were his world and he showed it daily with kindness, lots of patience and an undying love. He was blessed with three granddaughters that gave him an abundance of joy and love and were the light of his life for the last thirteen years. Ed loved his horses, fishing and Sneads Ferry, but more than anything he loved “home” and his family.
Ed Barefoot was will be deeply missed, he was loved so greatly by his family and “his girls”! He was truly a wonderful example of a husband, father, grandfather and man. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, he put great thought in what he said. Ed Barefoot was truly the stuff great men are made of, he leaves behind a tremendous legacy and will be deeply missed forever!
Ed was a self-less person and was always willing to help people and the family would like honor his memory by helping others. In lieu of flowers the family has created a Samaritan’s Purse Memorial Page to raise money for the tornado victims in Arkansas and Kentucky. If you would like to donate to help these people out it would be an honor to his memory at:
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.crumpler-honeycutt.com