CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Barbara Knapp Green, 52, died unexpectedly on Oct. 20 at her place of business, Sensibly Chic Designs for Life, 830 Lamar Ave.
A community memorial, “Celebration of Barbara,” will be held on Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza.
The family has asked that attendees wear attire that is “pink and sparkly” to honor Green’s memory.
An avid ally and supporter of the LGBT community, she opened her place of business up to all LGBT organizations needing to have a place to meet or have events.
Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce President Chad Turner shared, “Barbara loved her family, friends and community. This loss has been felt by many lives that she has touched. Her generosity and genuine concern for those she came in contact with was her legacy. She worked tirelessly to see the city that she loved be more inclusive and accepting of the LGBT community. A true advocate, ally and now angel, she will truly be missed and become the standard for those to come after her. We love her dearly!”
“Barbara was a pillar of our business community and extreme ally to the LGBT community as well. Her life and heart touched many and will leave a void,” the organization shared. She was vocal in her support, rallying for legislation and more recently, speaking passionately on behalf of the community at Charlotte City Council meeting during discussions surrounding the anti-discrimination ordinance debate.
She brought her design sense and skills to the airwaves with her “Ask the Design Diva” radio show on WAVO 1150 AM in Charlotte, N.C., and in syndication through Passionate Talk Radio.
Green was a member of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors for the organization from February 2014 until her death. The organization dedicated its recent name change to honor Green’s memory. “Without allies like her, it would not be possible to be who we are,” Turner commented.
She also was a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Cabarrus County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and was named as one of 50 most influential women by Mecklenburg Times. Additionally, she was selected as the Woman Business Leader of the Year in 2009 for Business Today. And, previously, she was a member of and served on the leadership team for the eWomen Network. NASCAR also prevailed of her services as an interior designer.
She also was a design columnist and blogger on AOL, where she wrote columns on interior design, color and space planning, as well as providing information about design industry leaders through interviews and more.
Green was born on June 10, 1963. She resided in Cornelius, N.C., at the time of her death. She graduated from Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., with a BA in Music.
A private service was held on Oct. 26.
Cremation services were entrusted to Cremation Society of Charlotte, Inc.
The family has requested In lieu of flowers and cards, that contributions be made to 41 Percent, a non-profit organization that pairs transgender mentors with a mentees in order to reduce the possibility of suicide among transgender individuals. Green became involved with the organization and others that championed the LGBT community after she learned that her daughter was transgender.