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Plato Evans Barnett Jr.

October 10, 1951August 10, 2020

The Life and Legacy of Plato Barnett, Jr. Plato Evans Barnett, Jr., 68, was born at John Hopkins Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama on October 10, 1951. He was the son of the late Plato Evans Barnett, Sr. and Willie Ella McGhee of Montgomery County, Alabama. During his adolescent years, the family also resided in Augusta, Arkansas. As a child, Plato loved to read Marvel comic books and curated quite a collection over the years. While in Augusta, he enjoyed spending time with his childhood friend, Jerry Smith, who also shared his passion for comics. In 1969, he graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. After graduation, he returned to Newport, Arkansas where he met life-long friends Purnell Henderson, Wendell Tollerson, Jerry Brandon, Oliver Dillingham, LeRoy Mansko. In 1971, Plato relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas and enrolled in Philander Smith College where he began his pursuits of a degree in Criminal Justice. To finance his college education, Plato gained employment at Burger King Restaurant as an assistant manager. This job afforded him the opportunity to, not only pay his tuition, but also to hire the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Phillips. As a family, we often joked that they fell in love over a Whopper (Burger King’s claim to fame). On October 21, 1972 they were married in Hermitage, Arkansas. On November 16,1975, they welcomed their first child, Persephone Evonda Barnett and their youngest child, Angela Donyll Barnett, on July 11, 1979. After working full time job during the day at A. O. Smith Inland and going to school part-time at night, Plato achieved one of his life-long dreams and graduated, with honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s Degree in psychology and master’s Degree in criminal justice. After, 17 years of diligence and commitment, Plato retired from his job at A.O. Smith Inland and successfully gained employment for the State of Arkansas as Research Specialist for the Department of Community Punishment. Plato was promoted as the Accreditation Administrator for the Arkansas Department of Community Punishment. In conjunction with this job, Plato was also employed as an ACA National Auditor Chairperson and traveled regularly to ensure compliance in community correctional facilities around the United States. In 2014, after 23 years of service, Plato retired from the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and received the Eagle Award for Outstanding Service. Plato retired in Mt. Dora, Florida. Plato served as the Barnett Family Historian where he spent multiple years researching his family history and creating a historical account of the family lineage, as well as helping other family members understand the lineage within the Barnett Family. Plato was also faithful servant of God and he served as a deacon, sound engineer, “Big Brother” mentor, as well as, multiple other ministries at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for 24 years. Plato has accomplished many things in his career, church and community. However, to all of us that love and adore him, his greatest legacy will always be his role as husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by parents Plato Barnett, Sr. and Willie Ella McGhee Barnett. He was also preceded in death by his brother Sidney Wingfield and God-son Martin Henderson. Left to keep his memories alive and to remember him with love is his wife of 47 years, Mary Barnett; daughters Persephone Barnett and Angela Barnett (Tony); sisters Jacquelyn BarnettCones (Kenneth) and Vanessa Barnett-Livingston (Aaron). Plato’s legacy also lives on with his grandchildren: Ebone Nicole Forbes-Amaro (daughter of Tony Forbes), Alexis McKinlei Forbes, Ashlin Kennedy Forbes, and Alec Jordan Forbes (who are the children of Angela Barnett-Forbes and Tony Curtis Forbes). He is also survived by his aunts: Mable Pryor and Ann Eutsey, his uncle Elvin McGhee and a host of nieces and nephews: Sean Anthony White, Kimberly Cherisse Cones, Kenneth Christopher Cones III, Kendall Corbin Cones, Aaron Livingston Jr., Amber Livingston, Terrence Barnett. Other survivors include his niece Pretrescia Grubbs and God-children: Yendel Jones, Tara Jones, London Johnson, Julian Frederick Johnson, II. He is survived and loved by a host of other loving family and friends.


  • Visitation

    Monday, August 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 17, 2020


Plato Evans Barnett Jr.

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James E. & Peggy Weaver

September 16, 2020

Our prayers are with you Mary and the girls. When I saw this it was so hard to fix it in my mind, what had happen. We both worked with him at A.O. Smith for many years. You had a very respectful husband with so much knowledge and most of all a Godly Man. I would see him studying all the time on his breaks. He had a goal and with God's love and his support he reached his Goal. Mary you were also his supporter and he was your's, You both were in college working to reach your Goal and Dream. Thank God he put a beautiful couple together. Rest in Peace & Love Pluto

Latasha Phillips-Akers

August 23, 2020

(Daughter of George E. Phillips) Sending all of my love to this amazing family. Ms. Mary I am so sorry. I know God will heal your hearts. Your husband made a great life for himself, for you and for my beautiful cousins. You will remain in my prayers. Rest in heaven to your amazing hubby.

Love LaTasha Phillips-Akers

Irene J Gillespie

August 19, 2020

To Mary and family,

My prayers and condolences are extended to you and your family in the loss of your beloved husband.

Be encouraged in the Lord today.

Irene J. Gillespie

Evelene Barnett

August 18, 2020

Sending my deepest condolences to the family..
I'm so grateful I had a chance to meet Plato at Reunion in Atlanta.
I loved his passion he had for the family history.
Rest Well Plato.......you will be missed!

Evelene Barnett
Richmond Texas

Eutricia Barnett

August 18, 2020

🙏🏿❤ I remember Plato's kindness and Love, at the 2017 BARNETT FAMILY REUNION in Geogia, as he explained our BARNETT FAMILY TREE and Ancestry Roots, from the Boards, in the Reunion room.
I felt the Barnett Love, from all my Ancestors just listening to his stories from all his knowledge‼💝💕❣❤🙏🏿

Ketera Mickens

August 17, 2020

Sending my heartfelt condolences to this Family. I'm praying that God bless your hearts with Peace and Love especially during the Transition of our Beloved, Plato Barnett, Jr. He will truly be missed. Rest In Peace.

Joanne Eutsey

August 17, 2020

Now that you walk with the ancestors, you will live in my heart forever.

Stephen White

August 17, 2020

I met Plato Barnett for the first time at the last family reunion in Orlando. He and I had the opportunity to have a wonderful conversation while at the beach excursion. We talked about family, careers, the reunion, and much more. In that brief experience, I came to appreciate this awesome man of character and integrity. My condolences to his immediate family.
Stephen White (son of Margaret Barnette) and Family


August 17, 2020

Plato was a childhood son of the Augusta, Arkansas community and was much loved . He attended the George Washington Carver Schools as a child and exceeded academically as an outstanding student. His childhood home was located directly across from the school and served as playground for he and friends. He participated in several school plays and weekly Richard B. Harrison Literary Society for all students .He faithfully attended and served as a member of the Saint John Missionary Baptist Church and served as Sunday School and Baptist Student Union.(BTU).

Kenneth Cones

August 17, 2020

Plato Barnett was a gentle, kind, loving man whose laughter always filled a room and our hearts.  He forever gave more to others than he did to himself and his every action spoke to the core values of morality and integrity.  We will miss our Brother and Uncle dearly but we are comforted by the fact that he is now one of the Lord's Angels who will forever guide us forward on a righteous path.   

The Cones Family


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