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Ronald E. Barnett, Sr.


Sunrise: January 28, 1949

Sunset: December 26, 2020
Ronald Eugene Barnett, Sr. was born January 28, 1949 to the late Arthur “Pudding” Barnett, Sr.  and the late Lillie Virginia Barnett in Norfolk, VA. He was a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and attended Norfolk State University prior to being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. While enlisted, he served during the Vietnam War (1970-1971), and was promoted as a Drill Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserves, 80th Division. “Ronnie” met and married the love of his life, Virginia “Jackie” White, in May 29, 1970 and to that union they were blessed with six children and 21 grandchildren.
 
“Barnett” as he was referred to by many, retired from Navy Public Works Center after 32.5 years of service as a welder.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1997. Since his retirement, Ronnie filled the majority of his time enjoying gardening, fishing, and watching documentaries.  He also took joy in supporting his wife in ministry, and fulfilling his role as an active husband, father, and grandfather.  He rededicated his life to serving God and discipleship. He served his church, Immanuel Worship & Deliverance Ministries, Int’l as an usher, male choir member, Trustee, and Deacon. He was an avid student of the Bible, enjoyed singing worship songs and would be the first to grab the tambourine.
 
Ronald Barnett Sr. was predeceased in death by his wife, Virginia Barnett; a brother, Arthur “Butch” Barnett, Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Gregory White and Calvin White.
 
He leaves his legacy of children: Rhonda Vaughn, LaTonya Barnett, Sonia Barnett-Ketter (Perry), Donita Gordon (Nicholas), Ronald Barnett, Jr. (Shylisle), Dana Watson (Arthur); 21 grandchildren, Briana, Angel, Tamera, Perry Jr., Jonathan Jr., Nikiya, Antonio, Ronald “Lil’Ronnie”,  Nicholas Jr., Justin, Nadia, Christian, Tiana, Daijah, Arthur (Trey), Nevaeh, Natalie, Marcus, Essence, Zaniyah and Kayla; one uncle, Earl Barnett;  two sisters, Linda Johnson (Joe) and Paulette Watson (Al); one brother, Shelby Barnett Sr.; four sisters-in-law, Monica Brown, Angela Lee (Hosea), Wanda White and Veronica White; five brothers-in-law, Charles White (Doretha), Garland White, William Morning (Renee), Edward  Gray (Pamela), Danny Hill (Sheila) and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Viewing Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, January 7, 2021 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Matthew L Jones Jr. says

    May God Bless The Family

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    Charles Reid says

    May you rest in eternal peace Ronnie. Praying that God keep the family strong.

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    Bridgette Beard says

    My condolences to the Barnett family. Deacon Barnett was a great soul he will be greatly missed. I met Mr Barnett on dialysis always walked in Gods word with stride he’s Resting in eternal peace.

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    Sandra Coleman says

    Family, I extend my condolences to you. Praying that God surrounds you with his love and comfort during this most difficult time. Rest in heaven cousin Ronnie

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    Geraldine Johnson Brown says

    Good afternoon Family,

    Wishing you strength, peace and health during this time. God knows your pain and sorrow. Matthew 6:8 reads, “Your Father knows the things you need of before you ask Him. ” Therefore, “Lift up your eyes to the hills whereth your help cometh from. Your help comes from the Lord, the Master of Heaven and Earth.”

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    Charlotte Cody and Family says

    Our prayers are with the family. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of great loss.

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    Tracie Thompson says

    Sympathy and prayers during this difficult time.

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    Amy Miller says

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Ronald Barnett. May the God of all peace and comfort be with you all! Also, a peace that transcends all understanding! To Mr. Mrs. Ketter, Perry jr. I express deep sympathy for you and feel sadness for you too.

    Praying/thinking of you all during this time of grief. May your grief be turned into joy!
    Love, In Christ, Amy Miller.

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    Titus says

    May his soul rest in perfect peace 🙏🏻😞

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    Pastor James R. Bynum Jr says

    Pastor James R. Bynum Jr. To the Barnett family, my deepest and sincere sympathy to you and the family. When I heard of the passing of your father Dec. Barnett it really sadden my heart. A quiet man but yet a strong soldier in the army of the Lord. There is a saying that a quiet wagon is a full one ! May the Lord continue to comfort and cover you and the family with His feathers, may the Lord continue to guide with His eyes. God bless you all! Shalom . Pastor Bynum and the First Baptist Money Point family.

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