GALLIPOLIS — George R. Barnette, 80, Gallipolis, Ohio, went to be with the Lord with his loving family by his bedside at 3:15 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021 at his Clay Township home.
Born October 29, 1940 in Mason County, West Virginia he was the son of the late Willard W. and Myrtle Isabelle Hoschar Barnette. George was a proud 1958 graduate of the Point Pleasant High School and was a maintenance millwright at the Pechiney Rolled Products in Ravenswood, West Virginia, retiring in 1999 after more than 34 years of service. He attended Elizabeth Chapel Church, was a member of United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668, in Ravenswood, a member of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) a lifetime member of the NRA and a founding member of the National Knife Collectors Association.
George loved spending time with his family, friends and neighbors as well as spending time in his workshop. George is survived by his wife, Betty "Joan" Angel Barnette, whom he married October 28, 1962 in Gallia County, his two sons, Edward W. (Susan) Barnette, of Gallipolis, and Eric W. (Melissa) Barnette, of Gallipolis, grandchildren, Lacey Barnette, Natasha (D.J.) Walker, Maranda (Nicholas) Wilson, Cassiday Barnette, Joshua (Tomichelle) Duty, Sarah Duty, Jacob (Bridget) Duty, Brandon (Skyelee) Taylor and Wendall Browning, great-grandchildren, Haylinn Grimm, Alexander Wilson, McKenna Richards, Kasen Duty, Zayne Duty, Jackson Duty and one on the way. Three sisters also survive, Delores (Jerl) Hall, of Masillion, Ohio, Barbara Roush, of Leon, West Virginia and Janie (Jack) Wilt, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, sister-in-law, Loretta Barnette, of Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, special friends, Lee Holcomb and Jim and Nancy Lewis as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his brothers, David Barnette, Arthur Barnette, twins Billy and Bobby Barnette, Johnnie R. Barnette and James W. Barnette, a sister, Virginia (Susie) Harmon, brothers-in-law, Donald Roush and Edgar B. Harmon and a special family friend, Chad Warner.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at the Cremeens-King Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Alfred Holley and Rev. Randy Carnes. Interment will be in the Mina Cemetery in Green Township. Friends may call two hours prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in George's memory to Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, OH 45631 as well as Elizabeth Chapel Church, 55 Locust Street, Gallipolis, OH 45631.