Barbara Lee Herrmann, 77, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was born August 9, 1946, in Ravenna, Ohio, to the late Grace E. Bowen Hinderschied.
Along with her mother, Barb is reunited in passing with her sister, Judith Riggle; niece, Dawn Riggle; and beloved k-9 companions, Murphy and Leo.
Barb was raised in Ohio, where she eventually met her devoted husband, Ron. They married June 24th, 1972, and moved to Kokomo, Indiana, and later made Myrtle Beach their home. Barb enjoyed watching tennis, literally binge watching it on tv and yelling at players like she herself was John McEnroe, her all-time favorite player. She and Ron made Myrtle Beach their home in 1980, and during this time bowling went from a simple date-night activity to a passion which Barb proudly claimed as, “her sport!” Her dedication to the sport resulted in receiving “Bowler of the Year Award” for the City of Myrtle Beach - not once, but two years in a row! She received countless “Bowler of the Month” awards and was well-known on the Grand Strand as THE female bowler of her time.
In the early years of her family, Barb was known as a true, “Soccer Mom.” Her passion for watching and cheering loudly for her daughter at matches was unparalleled. Barb took pride in ensuring everyone on the team had refreshments during and after games, especially her “homemade” cookies (later discovered to be from Sam’s Club and not homemade as insinuated!). Barb’s love and dedication for supporting her daughter’s soccer career was evident to all, and when Kim graduated in 1997, the Lees McRae College Soccer program bestowed upon Barb and Ron a plaque, honoring them as “Soccer Parents Emeritus.” In fact, Barb loved being a soccer mom so much, she regularly wished Tatum good luck at her soccer games, even though Tatum was playing volleyball.
A skilled and organized businesswoman, Barb worked for Georgetown County Water & Sewer where she climbed the ranks from secretary to the president. After 20+ years of dedicated service, Barb retired and enjoyed the finer things in life. One of her greatest accomplishments was the honor of “babysitting” her grandchildren for the first year of their lives, keeping them at home as opposed to daycare. In her free time Barb spent hours with her granddaughter, and it’s no secret Tatum was her favorite person in the world. They loved baking together, even though they were never able to figure out cake pops! Barb never missed a soccer game (you know volleyball) they had the most playful fun relationship, always laughing and being silly! While Tatum was Barb’s known favorite, she equally loved her grandson, Bowden, and fully enjoyed attending baseball games and proudly watching as he received so many “smarty pants” awards in school. She was invested in and proud of both grandchildren and would love to be remembered as the Grammie that never missed an event or important moment in their lives.
Barb also enjoyed traveling with her beloved husband. Her favorite destinations included Nova Scotia and Yellowstone, and when Barb wasn’t sightseeing the world, cheering her grandchildren, or being the best wife and mother, Barb was found watching NASCAR races and cheering for her favorite driver, Carl Edwards. She was known for her favorite line, “moo-moo-buck-a-roo” and her favorite saying, “Barb Damn!” Above all else, Barb loved her family passionately, and with her whole heart. She will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish Barb’s memory are her adoring husband of over 51 years, Mr. Ronald Herrmann of Myrtle Beach; daughter, Kim Lineweber and husband, Jay (whom Barb adored and thanked God for daily, for bringing him into their lives) of Myrtle Beach; granddaughter, Tatum L. Kemp; grandson, Bowden A. Kemp; the children’s father, Andy Kemp; brother in-law, Tom Riggle; nephew, Tommy Riggle and wife, Nikki; as well as a large, loving, extended family, countless supportive friends, neighbors, camping friends who became family, and her bowling family.
A Celebration of Barb’s life will be held Sunday November 19, 2023, at Inlet Affairs, 4024 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. 1pm - 3 pm.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations in Barb’s name to Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. CA has not only blessed us with many memories, but also the biggest Christ loving family we never knew we needed. Thank you to all the wonderful people at CA who have touched and changed all our lives.
Burroughs Funeral Home (843-651-1440) of Murrells Inlet, SC, is assisting the family.