Annabel Colvard Harrill was a native of Ashe County, North Carolina. Her ancestors worked in mills. She was on the Board of the National Committee for the New River.
Basil D. Barr (1894-1995) was a native of Ashe County, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1921. In 1934, he was postmaster in West Jefferson. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, beginning as a Second Lieutenant and retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. Basil also served 13 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, supervised the construction of several buildings around Ashe County, and served three terms in the North Carolina General Assembly. His first wife was Mabel Phillips. They had three children, Nena, Winfred, Basil, Jr. His second wife was Blanche Laxton Critcher.