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Barbara Ruth Bell Hux

April 18, 1938 — July 3, 2023



Barbara Ruth Bell Hux, of Poquoson, passed away peacefully at age 85 on Monday, July 3, 2023.  She was born to long lines of farming families in Surry County, Virginia.  She graduated from Surry High School in June of 1956 and married the love of her life, David Berryman Hux, one month later.  Together they continued the farming tradition for the first few years of their marriage.  Afterwards, she was employed in several positions but was most proud of her work as the secretary at Surry County Academy.  She and David moved their family to Poquoson in 1976 to be closer to his work at Newport News Shipbuilding.  She worked in various capacities for York County Public Schools and retired from Tabb High School, as secretary and bookkeeper, in 1997. 

Among the happiest events in her life was when she became the beloved “Nana” to her two granddaughters, whom she cherished.  She was a prominent and ever-present figure in their lives. 

Barbara was active in the Methodist and Baptist Churches throughout her life and belonged to Emmaus Baptist Church in Poquoson where she particularly loved her Sunday School class.  She served in various roles within the church including children’s Sunday School teacher, choir member, nursery worker and helped with Vacation Bible School.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, David Berryman Hux on June 9th, 2023; her parents, Jesse and Margaret Jones Bell; her brother Hudson L. Bell, Sr. and his wife, Marie; and her sister Jessie Barham Bell Carroll.  She is survived by her two sons, David and his wife Teresa Evans Hux of Poquoson, Donald of Harrisonburg and granddaughters, Stephanie and Melanie of Poquoson, brother-in-law Jimmy Carroll and his wife, Jeannine of Smithfield and brother-in-law Ollie Hux and his wife Ellie of Broomfield, Colorado as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who were dear to her heart.  Also, Barbara and David were blessed to have a multitude of very dear neighbors and friends that are considered part of their extended family.  The Hux family will be forever grateful for the loving kindness and friendship shown to our parents.

Barbara’s sons, David and Donald, would like to share with everyone the love, respect and admiration we have for our mother and express our greatest appreciation for the Christian example she set for us.

The Hux family would like to recognize and extend our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at the Mennowood Retirement Community and Riverside Regional Medical Center for the outstanding care and kindness shown to Barbara and our family.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at Emmaus Baptist Church in Poquoson at 7:00 pm on Friday, July 7th.  Friends will be greeted from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and immediately following the service.  A graveside service will be held at Moore’s Swamp Baptist Church cemetery in Surry on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.  Little’s Funeral Home in Smithfield is handling the funeral arrangements with sincere appreciation from the family for their exemplary service. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider expressions of sympathy in the form of contributions to Emmaus Baptist Church, 814 Yorktown Road, Poquoson, Virginia 23662.  Cards may be sent to the Hux family at David and Teresa’s home at 21 Dorothy Drive, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences may be registered at

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Service Schedule

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Friday, July 7, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Friday, July 7, 2023

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Saturday, July 8, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Moore's Swamp Baptist Church

2300 Runnymede Rd, Elberon, VA 23846

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