Witzke Funeral Homes Inc.

5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD


Lawrence Barnwell

June 2, 1950November 21, 2019

Lawrence R. Barnwell, 69, died suddenly at his home on November 21, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Dorene Stanley; his brother, William and wife LouAnn Barnwell; his son, Johnathan Barnwell and partner, Mary Naylor; and his grandson, “J.R.” Barnwell; and several nieces and nephews. Larry served honorably in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He worked as a private consultant and finished his career at the Social Security Administration. Larry enjoyed target shooting, SCUBA diving and riding his motorcycle. He will be remembered as a kind, generous, loving man and will be deeply missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045, Sunday, December 1st at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Ocean Conservancy.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, December 1, 2019


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Paul Schwobel

November 27, 2019

Larry and I and our sons were scoutmasters/scouts together. Larry was the best!

Johnathan, hope you are well.

Paul Schowbel

Adrienne Khorshed

November 26, 2019

To the Barnwell Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Larry was a wonderful co-worker and associate to those who knew him here at SSA. He was one who always greeted you daily with a warm smile and ended the day with that same warmth making sure to say 'Have a Good Night' to everyone. He will truly be missed.

Jim McKinley-Oakes

November 25, 2019

Dearest Dorene,

We are profoundly saddened by your lost of Larry in this sudden and tragic way. It must be agonizingly painful. We are holding you in Light and Love. Jody and Jim

Myra Gregory

November 24, 2019

Dear Dorene, Bill and LouAnn: I am so very sorry to learn of Larry’s death. He was a nice man—so much like Karen whom I so dearly loved—and now they're having a reunion! My love and prayers for peace during this difficult time.

Roberta Culbertson

November 24, 2019

To Dorene,

I never really knew Larry, but I heard of him through Joyce and saw the two of you together a couple of times. It was one of those rare things--to see people who so clearly loved each other enjoying being together so thoroughly. Larry was young and vital, and that he left the planet is inexplicable. But I do know that you will see him again; that this parting is only temporary.


Barbara Bullock

November 24, 2019

Dorene, Bill, LouAnn and Johnathan,
My sincere condolences. The loss of Larry is tragic, as a husband, brother, father and friend. He was always kind, generous and loving. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him, especially his dearest friends, Ron and Rick.