On Monday, July 20, 2020, God called one Christian Warrior from battle to rest in his heavenly home. Ethel White Barnard was born on December 30, 1935 to the late Charlie Franklin White and Mamie Spellman White in Moyock, NC. Ethel accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior very early in life. She became a member of Pilgrim Journey A.M.E. Zion Church located in Moyock, NC as a child. Upon relocating to Chesapeake, VA she continued her faithful membership and attendance until health would no longer allow her that freedom of worship. She served various roles in the church such as worker of Home Missions; and President of the Senior Choir, Foreign Missionary Society and Deaconess Board. She was always willing to lift and build up God’s Kingdom.
Ethel loved church, singing, children, music, social events, traveling, sightseeing, people, and her sorority, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. Her favorite color was red. Ethel met and dated the love of her life, Wilbert Barnard. They were married on December 25, 1963. Ethel graduated from Currituck Union High School located in Currituck County, NC. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Elizabeth City State University, NC and Master of Art in Urban Education from Norfolk State University, VA. She joined the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa early in her adult life.
Ethel Barnard made a career doing what she loved-teaching. She was selected as “Chesapeake Teacher of the Year”. She taught school in Chesapeake, VA for over 30 years before retirement. Her school related activities included duties and membership in the Parent Teacher Association; Child Study Team; Faculty Representative; Chesapeake Reading Council; Writing Committee; and Chapter One Project Revision Committee. Her civic groups and activities included President of the Good Neighbor Club; Block Coordinator for the West Munden Civic League; member of the Chesapeake Democratic Women’s Club; member of the Chesapeake Pollywog Children’s Steering Committee; and member of the Star of the East – Number 6.
Ethel was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wilbert Barnard, her loving parents, Charlie Franklin White and Mamie Spellman White, and her two loving brothers, Clinton Lewis White, and Alexander Shadrach White. She leaves in the Lord’s loving hand, her sister-in-law, Patricia Jarvis White; nephews, Deon White and London White all from Wappinger Falls, NY; niece, Cinda White Jenkins from Chesapeake, VA; and a host of other loving nephews, nieces, relatives, and close friends.