HUNTERSVILLE – Better Patterson continues to receive support from the community in helping rebuild her lifelong home, which was destroyed by a fire more than a year ago.

Patterson’s parents, Robert and Ida Barringer, built the home on Hambright Road in the 1950s.

On May 16, 2012, at a time when Patterson normally would be taking an afternoon nap, she was out on an errand, and the house erupted in flames. It was a total loss. 

To make matters worse, her homeowner’s insurance had recently been cancelled due to the failing condition of the roof. Patterson not only lost her home, but was also left without resources to rebuild it. 

While the Huntersville Fire Department battled the blaze, the Rev. Allan Purtill, of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, stopped to offer help to Patterson. 

Purtill’s immediate intervention has led to an effort by local churches, civic organizations and individuals to raise money necessary to completely fund and construct a new house for Patterson on its original site.

“Build Betty A House” is the namesake of the effort to raise the more than $65,000 necessary to rebuild.

The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary of serving the community this year, has pledged to raise money to pay for Patterson’s new kitchen and laundry room. 

Proceeds from the group’s Over the Tabletop holiday fundraiser will be directed toward helping Build Betty A House. The event takes place Nov. 7-8 at The Peninsula Club.

Local designers, artists and vendors will feature extravagant holiday-themed tabletop and Christmas tree decorating displays 6-10 p.m. Nov. 7. The Hough High string ensemble and student pianist will perform holiday music.

The shopping and holiday festivities, including a fashion show from Dillard’s of Northlake Mall, continue 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8.

Tickets cost $35 and $15 respectively for the two events. 

Designers, artists and vendors can enter the competition by contacting Kathleen McMahon at 704-906-2882, Patricia Brown at  or Kelly Douglas at

Buy tickets by contacting Gina Story at 704-661-0219 or Tickets for Nov. 8 will also be available at the door.