Billy J. Barnwell
May 28, 1937 – April 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. www.wilderfuneral.com
- Memorial Service of Remembrance Friday, April 27, 2012
Billy J. Barnwell
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November 12, 2015
HI MY LOVE--HAPPY VETERANS DAY I PUT THE FLAG OUT TODAY IN YOUR HONOR. I MISS YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EVER SAY. TAKE CARE UNTIL WE SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN. ALL MY LOVE. YOUR WIFE JOANNE
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.
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
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
February 13, 2015
HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY my love. Didn't want you to think I forgot. Miss you so very much.
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
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.
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!!
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
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
January 2, 2014
HI MY DARLING---HAPPPY NEW YEAR! And God knows I wish you were here. I miss you more and more. I guess I have about one more load of leaves to get up then start cutting them back.Will talk to you later.Love you,Joanne
December 25, 2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS MY LOVE. I miss you so much and this holiday was harder than last year. I'm just really feeling down and more lonely than ever. Still raking up the leaves from your taloe trees, got to get them trimmed back. For now I'll go and talk to you again soon. Love your wife, Joanne
November 25, 2013
Hi my love, just dropped in to say hello and tell you I put a wreath and a flag at your marker in Carolina. I brought back some winesapp apples back for me and keith. Had to replace the r/o system,it was leaking, now I got to replace the septic tank, cause the lid fell through,plus I got to have a new a/c for the house. Having to add Freon every other month. I keep asking WHATS NEXT!!!I can't handle all these problems all at once and certainly don't have the money to fix all this. Well you have a good THANKSGIVING. Waynes family will be here with him and Keith will be with his female friend. talk to you later,much love your way from your wife Joanne
August 26, 2013
Hello My Love,HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!Can you believe it was 43 yrs ago today we got married? I will never forget!! Just as I will always have you in my heart. Love and miss you more each day, your wife,Joanne.
August 13, 2013
Hi My love, just got home from Gainesville again, got to go back Thursday. Just wanted to say I LOVE YOU,again and again. Missing you so much,this is not getting any easier. I will always love you!!! your broken heart wife.
July 23, 2013
HI MR. BILL, only me wanting to tell you I love you still very much. Wayne got back yesterday, he had gone to Wisc.,had a death in the family. Today was my birthday, now I feel really old at 64. Wayne took me and Keith out for dinner. We had a lot of rain today too. I guess I will close for now. Love you lots. your wife
July 5, 2013
HI MR BILL, ONLY LONELY ME WANTING TO WISH YOU A HAPPY 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY. I HAD YOUR FLAG FLYING TODAY UNTIL IT STARTED TO RAIN. I REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS SAID DON'T LEAVE IT IN THE RAIN. THE OLD TV ANTENNA IS DOWN. IT WAS ACTUALLY RUSTED AT THE BOTTOM. WELL I'LL CLOSE FOR NOW. LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! YOUR WIFE
May 28, 2013
HI My Darling,Just wanted to drop in and wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I will display your flag in your honor. Much love and still missing you greatly.always your wife and son.We love you!
May 21, 2013
HI Babe, Well it is getting close, another birthday for you and all I have are memories. YES,I will have the flag out for you,and wish you were here more and more each day. Love you dearly!!!
April 27, 2013
Hi my darling, Well it has been a whole year today since we had the memorial service for you. I have had a very rough time, reliving that whole week before God took you home,so you really don't hurt or worry anymore. I swear I could even hear you breathing all over again and I just wanted them to clear it up so you could talk to me, but God had his plan. You had suffered enough, and now I'm so very lonely,lost and broken hearted. I LOVE YOU MR. BILL AND DON'T forget it okay. your wife.
April 1, 2013
HAPPY EASTER MY LOVE, WE MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH. LOVE FROM YOUR WIFE AND SON.
March 13, 2013
Hello, its only me, MISSING YOU SO VERY MUCH!! I can*t believe its coming up you being gone ONE YEAR!! I had the tallow trees cut back today and the old cherry tree cut down.You make sure that God sends us some rain soon. I'll be back later to talk. Sure wish you were here. I hate having to do all this stuff,plus be sooo lonely. LOVE YOU BILL,your wife.
January 1, 2013
HI BABE,Just wanted to drop in and wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR! This year was really because I lost YOU! I still love and miss you so deeply. Your wife,Joanne
December 28, 2012
HI MR.BILL, Well I am still wandering around here lost in mind and soul with such an empty heart. I keep looking for you but you are not there. You are with the angels above. Please keep watch on me, I still need you and miss you so very much. Take care til I see you again. Your wife, Joanne
May 5, 2012
My darling husband, you may be gone insight, But you will ALWAYS be in my heart. I loved you for 42 years and will continue to LOVE YOU in my heart. You were my rock, my one and only love til death do us part. I feel so alone now, and MISS YOU more than words can discribe. I know God will take care of you now, till I see you again,all my love,your wife, Joanne
April 29, 2012
Offering deepest condolences to your family. May the memories of your loved one and prayer to our Heavenly Father give you strength. God is near to all those calling upon him in trueness (Psalms 145:18). May God comfort your hearts.
April 27, 2012
Dear Joanne and family,
My sincerest condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of cousin Billy and his parents and brothers when we, Edgar Barnwell, my father, and all our family, visited Hendersonville from Florida every summer.
Billy and many others in our family, share(d) a special pride in our service to our country. I thank him for his service!
With loving thoughts; you will all be kept in my prayers.
Julia Barnwell Bond and family
Camp Lejeune, NC
April 27, 2012
I am sorry and i send my condolences you are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 25, 2012
So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
April 25, 2012
Farewell and rest in Peace.
Childhood friend of Barnwell family in "Ragtown".
April 25, 2012
Sheena Yarbrough Price
April 24, 2012
Joanne and Keith,
I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. I had no idea your family was still in this area. I have often thought of the three of you, and the great "scout" times we had in Inglis. I will be thinking of you and praying that you get through this tragedy with strenght and loving memories.
April 24, 2012
Joanne, so sorry for the loss of our loved one, Billy. Our thoughts are with you.
Candy Barnwell Watson and Bill Watson
Staff of Wilder Funeral Home
April 18, 2012
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.