Mr. Barnwell died Monday, February 18, 2013, at his residence.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Reba Tillery Barnwell, of Jacksonville; a daughter, Sandra B. Smith and her husband, Clay, of Jacksonville; a son, Mike Barnwell and his wife Pam, of Jacksonville; a sister, Lola Lyons and her husband, Calvin, of Brunswick, Ga; a brother, Carl Barnwell, of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Christy Stewart, Preston Barnwell and Megan Parris, all of Jacksonville; two great-grandchildren, Brody and Jake Barn-well, of Jacksonville; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Mr. Barnwell was a wonderful husband, a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was proud of his family. He never met a stranger and greeted each day with a smile on his face. Mr. Barnwell loved history, old pictures and collecting military books and pictures of anyone in uniform. He was a friend to everyone he knew and had a heart of gold. Mr. Barnwell was a U.S. Army veteran and proudly served his country in World War II with the First Infantry Division during Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Normandy. He retired from the Utilities Department with the City of Jacksonville. Mr. Barnwell loved the Lord and loved visiting all churches. He attended Tredeger Chapel Congregational Holiness Church. Family, friends and fellowship were very important to him. He loved attending Brotherhood Breakfasts and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to extend special thanks to their family, friends and neighbors and also to New Beacon Hospice for their continued love, prayers and care.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha Crim Barnwell; three sisters, Evelyn Hulsey, Ethel Hardy and Carrie Cross; and one brother, William Barnwell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Beacon Hospice, 1419 Leighton Avenue, Anniston, AL 36207 or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com.
K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 322 Nisbet St., N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265. Phone 256-435-7042