In memoriam: Emeritus missionary Barbara Caperton, 84

Barbara Caperton

Barbara Caperton, an emeritus International Mission Board missionary who shared the gospel among Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples, died peacefully in her home in Warrenton, Virginia, on Jan. 30, 2019. She was 84.

Caperton was born on July 24, 1934, in Mercedes, Texas, and was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruby Carter. She was a registered nurse who studied at Baptist Memorial Hospital, San Antonio, and worked for Scottish Rite Hospitals in both Dallas and Atlanta. She worked as school nurse for the Judson Independent School District San Antonio, retiring after 20 years.

She served as a summer missionary in Honduras through First Baptist Church, San Antonio, and she also taught Sunday School for 36 years. Beginning in 1990, Caperton and her husband, “Cape,” served for six years as IMB personnel in Northern Africa and the Middle East. In all, Caperton made 27 mission trips to the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

“Barbara lived her life with a devout faith in God and love of family,” her family obituary said. “She had a God-given gift of hospitality and was an avid reader, traveler, and quilter who also loved to bake and cook for friends and family.  Her gentle spirit, giving nature, and unconditional love will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

Caperton is survived by her husband of 63 years, Winston “Cape” Caperton; her sister, Laura Dacus, Conroe, Texas; two children: Chris and his wife Rebecca Caperton, and Lynn and her husband David Caperton, both of Warrenton, Virginia; her grandchildren: Brian and his wife Niki Caperton, Richmond, Virginia, Jennifer and her husband Lee Wilkers, Decatur, Georgia, Noa Caperton, Lynchburg, Virginia, and Perri Caperton, Warrenton, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Lucille Barrett, Hilma Rich, and Daphna Roberts.

Memorial services are March 2, 2019, at Warrenton (Virginia) Baptist Church. Private interment is at Culpeper National Cemetery.

Read a full obituary here.