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Official Obituary of

Barbara Jean Sydnor

July 17, 1956 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Barbara Sydnor Obituary

Barbara Jean Sydnor, born on July 17th, 1956, in Troy, MO, was the cherished daughter of Pearl and Robert Sydnor. From a young age, Barbara's faith was a guiding force in her life. She dedicated herself to Christ at Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church. She was baptized by her spiritual father, Rev. Dr. Robert L. Huston, Pastor, often accompanying him and his wife, First Lady Sis. Joyce Huston and their sons to various church conferences and events throughout her childhood.


Barbara's journey led her to Troy Buchanan High School and later to University City High School after moving to St. Louis, MO, where she earned the nickname "Young Angela" for her leadership in student protests, played saxophone in the infamous UCHS marching band, and due to her scholarly excellence graduated early. Barbara made history in her family by becoming the first to attend a four-year university, where she pursued a double major in English and Political Science at what is now known as Webster University. In 1975, she enlisted in the US Army, serving as a Medical Technician. She was later Honorably Discharged before embarking on a distinguished career with the St. Louis County Police Department as a well-respected Police Officer. Over 29 years of service, Barbara excelled in various roles, including detective and Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis investigator, leaving an indelible mark on her community.


She worshipped at New Bethlehem M.B. Church before becoming a dedicated member of Mt. Gideon M.B. Church under the Pastoral Leadership of Rev. Dr. Robert L. Huston, where she served in several capacities.


Beyond her professional achievements, Barbara was a woman of many talents and passions. An avid reader, poker champion, travel enthusiast, exceptional cook, known history buff, and devoted bible scholar. She was actively involved in her community, serving on civil service boards, athletic boosters, and various committees.


Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Pearl L. Jones; her father, Robert Sydnor; her brother, William H. Hale III; and her chosen family member, LaWandra Jackson, who selflessly assumed her caregiver role.


She leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness, cherished by a niece she raised, Ariell Alexandria "Alex" Tillman, whom she often referred to as "My Child." She is also survived by her sisters, Celia Jenkins-Marshall (Mark) and her youngest sister, Bobbie "Barbara Ann" Hale-Abernathy, who took on a role as one of her caregivers; her brothers, Darren E. Sydnor, and Virgil L. Sydnor; her niece Alesha Abernathy, who also helped care for her and great-nephew, Reginald Alexander Davis III, whom she adored, as well as her dear friend Andrew Albert, in addition to chosen family members, Nina Brown, who she affectionately called "Aunt Nina", both Josephine McLemore and Sharon Lofton, who have been huge blessings in her life, Brandon Rogers, whom she respected dearly, a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, relatives, and friends.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
March 13, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Mt Gideon MBC
6505 Etzel Ave
St. Louis, MO 63130

Funeral
Wednesday
March 13, 2024

10:00 AM
Mt Gideon MBC
6505 Etzel Ave
St. Louis, MO 63130

Interment
Wednesday
March 13, 2024

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