Billy J. Barnwell

May 28, 1937April 14, 2012

Billy J. Barnwell, 74, of Crystal River, FL, passed away on Sat., Apr. 14, 2012 at Cypress Cove Care Center under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County in Crystal River, with his wife Joanne, son Keith, and best friend Wayne at his side. A native of Hendersonville, NC, he was born May 28, 1937 in Balfour, NC to Roy T., Sr. and Lula (Moody) Barnwell, one of six children. Mr. Barnwell proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, from where he retired as Petty Officer First Class. Billy was a longtime resident of Citrus and Levy counties, as well as St. Petersburg, FL. His memberships include American Legion #155, Crystal River (25 year member); Life Member of Hernando Fleet Reserve Assoc.#186; Life Member of the Blinded Veterans Assoc.; Life Member of the NRA and Life Member of VFW # 8696, Inglis, FL. His accomplishments also include former Town Commissioner of Inglis, FL and former volunteer firefighter in Inglis and past member of Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club. Billy also founded Cub Scout Unit #356 in Inglis and served as its first Cubmaster. Mr. Barnwell is survived by his wife Joanne Barnwell, Crystal River, FL; son Keith Barnwell, also of Crystal River; sister Rebecca Murray (William), Statesville, NC; sister-in-law Jean Barnwell, Hendersonville, NC. and Billy’s closest friend, Wayne Schneider, also of Crystal River. In addition to his parents, Mr. Barnwell was preceded in death by three brothers; Garrett, Roy T., Jr., and Herman Barnwell and a sister, Judith Barnwell. A Memorial Service of Remembrance with military honors will be held on Fri., April 27, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Wilder Funeral Home, 4890 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs, FL 34446 with Chaplain Lance Travis of Cornerstone Hospice, Tavares, FL officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to either Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 or Cornerstone Hospice Emerald Team, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 ATTN: Chandra.


  • Memorial Service of Remembrance Friday, April 27, 2012

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Joanne Barnwell

May 29, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABE!!!!See I did not forget and never will. I sure do miss you and I had your flag flying on Memorial Day. Lots of love your way.

Joanne Barnwell

April 14, 2015

HI MY LOVE, It has been 3 yrs today that I watched and waited for a miracle to happen, but it didn't. God had his plan in place for you, no more hurt, no more pain and suffering. HE said it was time to let you rest and I had to let you go and tell you goodbye. Bill, I hope you know I miss you more every day and love you lots. I have your flag flying in your honor today and several candles burning. Til we see each other again,please take care and I send my love. your wife, Joanne

Joanne Barnwell

April 5, 2015

HAPPY EASTER MY LOVE. Gosh how I miss you. And now in 10 days it will be 3 yrs. since God took you home. A heavenly home, where you suffer no more. Keith has even started to talk more about you. He even said he saw you. We both really do miss you. Take care and I'll write you again soon. Sending my love, your wife Joanne

Joanne Barnwell

February 13, 2015

HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY my love. Didn't want you to think I forgot. Miss you so very much.

Joanne Barnwell

December 26, 2014

HI Babe, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Gosh I miss you so much. Wayne got me a new bigger GPS, I guess they don't want me to get lost. Keith stayed home with me today too. It was nice having him here. He got me new lite bulbs for my car so I can see at night. Oh well, I'll close for now, sending loads of love to you. your wife,Joanne

Joanne Barnwell

November 11, 2014

Hi my sweet. HAPPY VETERANS DAY! Yes I put your flag out today to fly high to remember my wonderful Vet. Love always your wife.

Joanne Barnwell

August 26, 2014

Hi my love. HAPPY 44TH ANNIVERSARY!! Well Keith had his knee replacement surgery today. The Dr. said it was worse than he thought. Now we are on a long road to recovery,alot of physical therapy and learning to walk again. I want you to send a special angel his way to watch over him, okay. Love you!!

Joanne Barnwell

July 4, 2014

Hi Bab, Well it just got finished storming and raining something fierce, but we really need it. I guess I will have to mow in the next day or two.The moles are tunneling everywhere, driving me nuts. Anyway I will put your flag out in the morning. HAVE A HAPPY 4th honey, I miss and love you forever. your wife, Joanne

Joanne Barnwell

February 28, 2014

HI MR BILL, only your lonely wife dropping in to say hello. I got put into the hospital Monday. Diag. with A/Fib. My heart is now wanting to act up, can't imagine why!! Then 2 weeks ago I was out doing some racking up leaves and some how broke two toes, been wearing this funny looking boot, and go see the dr. tomorrow. I guess you and the angels and all your family are now together again. I'll close for now,you be good and just think you suffer no more. But my heart is still broken,I miss you something terrible. love you forever,your wife,Joanne