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George Barrett

Deacon George Barrett was born April 8, 1934 in Lamar County, Georgia, to the late Georgia Barrett Edge. He was a beloved husband and father. He departed this life in the early morning hours of September 15,2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Barrett Edge, and grandson, Marcus “Lamonte” Crenshaw. Deacon Barrett volunteered to serve his country in the United States Air Force in 1951. He served on the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War. He enjoyed serving his country and worked on the logistics of the B-52 Bomber which is still in the U.S. Air Force active inventory due to the dedication of people like him. In 1955, he completed his commitment to the military and was honorably discharged. He used the GI Bill to attend Fort Valley State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in secondary education in Social Science. He was the first in his family to get a college degree. He initially planned on becoming a teacher and completed his student teaching under the legendary Charles Julian. The call of the USAF and the needs of his family drew him back to Warner Robins Air Force Base where he was employed as a civilian for nearly 40 years. Still being a firm believer in Dr. King’s dream, he valued the importance of education. Not only believing in the dream, he and his family were also instrumental in the integration of Lamar County schools. He and his wife, Mrs. Earnestine Barrett, instilled the importance of education in their children, which is still a large part of the Barrett Family legacy today. Deacon Barrett accepted Christ at an early age and became a devoted member of the West Mount Sinai Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon. At West Mount Sinai he served as the Deacon Ministry secretary and the Assistant Treasurer. After retirement from civil service, Deacon Barrett was employed as a bailiff at Lamar County Courthouse for 13 years. He was a member of Government Retirees Are Never Disbanded (GRAND) for 20 years. He also served as the President of the Lamar County Executive Club. His memory will always be cherished by his loving wife, Earnestine Barrett, and four devoted children, Antonio Sheroid (Suzette) Barrett, Bruce Jerome (Teresa) Barrett, Wanda Faye (Benjamin) O’Neal and Stanley Rawls (Bonita) Barrett. He also leaves to cherish his memory 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends who will miss him dearly. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at West Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 117 Akins Street, Barnesville, Georgia 30204, with pastor Waylon Knight officiating.

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