Cynthia Barnwell

Sunrise: December 22, 1957

Sunset: January 11, 2023

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, our beloved Cynthia Barnwell was called home by our heavenly Father to rest in eternal peace. Cynthia was born in Manhattan, NY to the late Maxie Maceo Barnwell and Thelma L Corprew Barnwell.

Cynthia devoted her life to giving back and helping others, it was her calling!! After moving to Virginia, Cynthia worked at the Shelter for the homeless and demonstrated just how genuine her heart of gold was by helping hundreds of families better themselves. She also worked at St. Mary’s Academy as preschool teacher for 12 years until schools closing, where she also volunteered at the Hunton YMCA as a team mom, cheerleading coach, hosting teen dances every weekend, or just making those famous chicken biscuits that every player in rec league had the opportunity to taste lol!!!! Cynthia also worked at Fidura for 13 years helping to aid with special needs adults, she also cared for the late Mr Hopkins or Hop as she called him. Cynthia left Fidura and went to JPI Inc where she continued to care for special needs adults until she became ill. Cynthia built special bonds with her individuals but there was an undeniable bond between her and Jamar Andrews. Everywhere she went Jamar wasn’t far behind lol Jamar even went to all the family functions!!!! But that’s just who Cynthia was, the most caring, funniest giving person you could ever meet. Amazing mother or honorary mother, guidance counselor, travel partner, problem solver or whatever she needed to be to get you to where you needed to be in life. Indeed, Cynthia loved and cared for many with an enormous heart and selfless mindset, and everyone loved her in return for it!! Cynthia also loved to travel. She felt the world needed to see all her glory, so her and her Travel Gang made it their business to travel all throughout the year. Whether to Bahamas or or Norva Scotia, cruises to Belize or Cayman Islands or their yearly travel to Essence Festival, Cynthia made sure to leave her presence everywhere she went!!
Cynthia will be cherished forever by many for the undeniable impact and imprints she left in our hearts. Her beautiful generous spirit, infectious contagious personality and smile and genuine love for life touched and inspired all who knew her. Cynthia left to continue to love and cherish her life children Darnell M Barnwell, Essence P Barnwell, Dorsett Barnwell, Lundon Tripp and Sierra Bishop her grandchildren Michael Tripp Octavion H Payne-Barnwell, Amari Smith, Maceo K Barnwell,  Dorsett D Barnwell Jr, and Jayontae Worrell-Riddick, and Imani Bright,  her nephew Omar Hysmith (Ann Hysmith), her niece Laquan Precious Corprew Tamara Faulk-Odom (Savoy Odom), great nieces Savora Odom and Skylar Grace Odom, her best friends and cousins, Linda (Pisa) Corprew and Deborah (Debra) Corprew; a host of dearly loved cousins and family and friends and truly will be missed. Cynthia was predeceased by her brothers Ronald Barnwell and Donald Barnwell, and her sister Yvonne Faulk.
We all have been blessed to have the opportunity to grace the presence of this rare jewel and ther trademark beauty, sense of humor and vibrant bubbly presence. Cynthia is forever in our hearts and eternally in our thoughts!!
Viewing Sunday, January 29, 2023 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Monday, January 30, 2023 11:00am Enoch Baptist Church 5641 Herbert Moore Raod Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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    Valerie Johnson says

    My prayers and heartfelt condolences are extended to the family. I enjoyed working with Cynthia at St. Mary’s Academy. She did an excellent job with the children…always creative and fun. She truly made a difference in so many lives. Embracing her beautiful memories, may God comfort and keep you in his loving care during this difficult time and always 🙏🏾

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      Marcellous Joyce says

      Evelyn Joyce Marcellous Joyce Eric Joyce Donavon Joyce Darrick Joyce,Bam Bam, Lil Erick Talya Barrett , George Hawkins Laura Stackhouse Keith Jerome Terrell Corey Antwan.. are here for you. STAY STRONG 💪💪💪💪💪

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    Kendra Parker says

    My condolences to the family. The loving heart she had for people was incredible. Ms.C will be truly missed.

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      Marcellous Joyce says

      I send my deepest condolences to everyone in the Barnell family ❤️🙏❤️🙏🙏❤️🙏🙏❤️,May you keep your faith, and strength to continue to push forward and live Life abundantly.wevas family will Keep Sister Cynthia Barnell, spirit of Laughter and Joy alive through our existence. Cynthia you have earned The Most Beautiful an colorful Gigantic WINGS,to Fly Fly Fly high.,there is not one doubt in my being that You are with our creator and you are Absolutely an LOVE 😘 you always.you still live in our heart and mind’s. Amen RIHeavenly Peace

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    John L Boyd says

    To the Barnwell family
    Your love one was a woman of faith.
    She fought a good fight and she finished her course.
    Flamily Your Joy Will Come In The Morning.
    Co Worker Just People Inc

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    Regina Jones Madison says

    Blessings to our family

    Rest in Paradise. My spiritual warrior. Cynthia I’m going to miss you and always love you.

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    Debbie Ford says

    Wow this is hard to believe my cousin gone so soon.
    Cynthia ,will be miss by us all . The life of the party and always keeping us laughing. RIP family until we meet on the other side. May god continue to strengthen the family. Gone but your legacy lives on
    Love and gonna miss you cynt.

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    Debbie Ford says

    Wow this is hard to believe my cousin gone so soon.
    Cynthia ,will be miss by us all . The life of the party and always keeping us laughing. RIP family until we meet on the other side. May god continue to strengthen the family. Gone but your legacy lives on
    Love and gonna miss you cynt.

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    Greta Jones says

    We are Praying for the Barnwell Family. May the Lord comfort your hearts during this time.

    Troy and Greta Jones

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    Elder R D Davis says

    Sending much love and prayers to the family in your time of loss. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. Take your eternal rest now Cynth, and be forever pain free.

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    Sabrina McCoy Lewis says

    Girl! You have earned you wings and Crown of Glory.
    Cynthia was such a Lovely lady that was always so nice and genuine. Your smile and humor will surely be missed.
    Untill we meet again Family. Rest in Power and travel safe. 🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️ 🕊️🕊️

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    Bonita Rouse Harris (MRS.B) says

    Sending condolences to the Family. When I first met Ms. C as she was affectionally called @ JPI. I knew that she was a woman that knew her worth, and didn’t mind submitted as long as you understood what it meant and it went both ways, She had your back as long as you had hers. She walked in her femininity and took care of herself but don’t think she wouldn’t check you. She was beautiful and loving and full of ambitions and walked with confidence and expected you to be everything God asked you to be and would hold you accountable for your actions. I want to personally thank you for each and every time that you extended your grace with helping out at GW even if it was a last minute call, you would always work it out. You were appreciated for your caring generosity and care that you gave to all the individuals. You are the epitome of a Good Woman. SIP knowing that you were loved and adored and impacted lives that will forever carry your legacy.
    Rest Enterally:

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