Paul B. Barnette

May 21, 1925 ‒ November 21, 2007

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Paul B. Barnette, 82, of Pearce Drive, Mansfield, died Wednesday morning November 21, 2007 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

He was born May 21, 1925 in Louisa, Kentucky to Clyde and Ethel (Wheeler) Barnette, and moved from Louisa to Mansfield 59 years ago.

During WWII, Paul served with the U.S. Army’s 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal.

For more than 30 years he worked with Pennsylvania Railroad as a telegraph and block operator, before his retirement in1983.

Paul enjoyed his woodworking projects, and spent most of his energy on architectural appointments and shelving units. He also kept a meticulous lawn: for over 35 years he lived on Alexander Road near Bellville, and Paul maintained fruit trees, grape arbors and vegetable and flower beds.

He was an active member of Berean Baptist Church. He had formerly served the congregation as deacon, and was a member of the Men’s Class Sunday school class. Paul continually served the Lord by serving his church family on an ongoing basis with countless projects and in unnamed ways ~ he was always serving around the church.

Paul will be remembered as a devout Christian, not just in word, but in action and in truth. He personified Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” It makes his home-going at Thanksgiving time all the more special, as Paul was truly thankful for the grace and mercy of his Lord Jesus Christ.

Described as an “easy going guy” who never met a stranger, Paul could spin great stories to make you laugh and put you at ease. He leaves a legacy of Christian faith, devotion to his church family, generosity and kindness.

He is survived by his wife Lois E. (Ball) Barnette, whom he married May 9, 1946; a son and daughter-in-law Dana Paul and Cheryl Barnette of Nokomis, FL; grandchildren Stephen & Jill Barnette, Jeffrey & Jacque Barnette and Rachel Barnette; great grandchildren Kaylee and Zachary; a sister Wanda Betts of Columbus; and a host of brothers- and sisters-in-Christ.

In addition to his parents, a brother Clyde Barnette preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 23, 2007 from 5-8 PM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving Glory to God and thanksgiving for the life of Paul Barnette will be held Saturday at 1 PM in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. Pastors David Pound and Jim Berry will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the Men’s Class of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.

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