Marcus A. Barnette

Born September 25, 1925

Marcus A. Barnette, 85, of Charlotte, NC, son of the late Robert and Mary McCall Barnette and beloved husband, daddy, pawpaw, and brother was picked up by the angels on May 10th, following a brief illness. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Mae Barnette, a brother Robert Barnette, and son-in-law James (Chomp) Turner.

Marcus was born on September 25, 1925 in Charlotte, NC where he spent his life as a dedicated and hardworking husband and daddy. He spent his working years as a painter and craftsman. He was a fantastic handyman who with his hands helped many people less fortunate than himself.

Marcus never met a stranger and was described by everyone that knew him as being a kind hearted person. He would give you his last dime, and the shirt off his back.

In February 1957 he met and married the love of his life, Hazel Massey Barnette and together raised six daughters, Vickie Massey (Donald Collier) of Huntersville, Terry Harrell (Eddie Ballard) of Norwood, Sue Hunter (Mike) of Mt. Holly, Connie Turner, Marcia Blackwelder (David) and his baby girl Miss Ella Jo Barnette of Charlotte. In addition he is survived by a sister Mary Ossie Coffey (John) of Mint Hill and a brother, Frank Barnette of Charlotte. He is also survived by grandsons Tommy and Chad Harrell, David Blackwelder, Jr. and granddaughters Stephanie Mummert (Matt), Lizzie and Bailey Hunter, and Amanda Turner, and eight great grandchildren.

The sisters would like to thank Terry and Chad for putting their life on hold these last few weeks to care for Pawkettle (as he was affectionately known by the grandkids), and to Marcia (Marshall), David and Jo for being Daddy’s running partners for many years.

The family of Mr. Barnette would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Carl Hughes and his team at MMG in Pineville for their many years of compassion. In addition, a special thanks to the Hospice & Palliative Care team of Charlotte for the love and support they showed our family, especially nurse Amy Cassano.

A service to celebrate Mr. Barnette’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th in the chapel of Forest Lawn West Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Memory of Marcus Barnette, 6050 Hickory Grove Rd., Charlotte, NC 28215 and to the Charlotte Fire Dept. Station #26, 228 E. 9th St., Charlotte, NC 28202, Attention: Emily Lineberger, In Memory of: Marcus Barnette.

Condolences may be offered at Arrangements are in the care of Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service, 4601 Freedom Drive (704.395.0055).


  • Visitation Thursday, May 12, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 12, 2011

Marcus A. Barnette

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August 11, 2011

Daddy, I wish so bad you were here to hold Ms. Everlee Rose. I know you met her in Heaven before she was born and told her to let us know that everything was going to be o.k. and she did pass that message along to us. I miss you so very much PawKettle and WILL see you again one day. Marshal

Arlene O'neal

May 19, 2011

TERRY & MARCIA & fAMILY, Im so sorry for your Loss. your Daddy was always so kind to me, he was a wonderful person.Only God can comfort you with the pain you are feeling.But I want you to know I love you and if you need me for anything Im here. God be with you now and always.

May 15, 2011

There are not enough words to explain how much I miss you. I know you are watching down on us. I WILL see you again!
I love you- Marshal

Lizzie Hunter

May 15, 2011

im goin to miss you pawpaw!
i love you and will see you again.

Vanette Curtis

May 12, 2011

Terry,Sue,Marsha,Vicky,Connie,Jo,Mrs,Barnette I'm so very sorry for you're loss i loved your daddy he was a wonderful man and great husband and daddy to all you girls and he will be missed so much remember you all will see him and be together again one day i love you all..... Vanette packer Curtis

Lolita Haynes

May 12, 2011

Sue and Jo, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your daddy. What a wonderful man he was. It was such a honor to know him. How great it must be for him dancing in heaven now. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you.

Nola Mummert

May 12, 2011

Marcia and family: I know you will miss your Dad very much but may you find comfort that he is now with Jesus and the angels. He will be with you always in your heart.

Jan Showkeir

May 12, 2011

Marcia and family:
I know how much your Dad meant to you ":Marshal" and I know how much you will miss him. You all are most fortunate to have had so many wonderful years with him and to have such a gracious, loving man for your earthly Father.

Coy Powell

May 12, 2011

Marcia and David,

Your circle of family and friends will hold you up as John 14: 1-3 tells us your caring and loving daddy is in His mansion.

Sarah Sean Caleb & Owen

May 11, 2011

Rest in peace Paw Paw Dolly. Give Jesus and all the Angels knuckles for Owen.