Carroll S. Barnwell

September 5, 1923January 15, 2014

Carroll Smith Barnwell was born on September 5, 1923 in Macon, Georgia, the son of George Rhett Barnwell and Nina Price Barnwell. He graduated from Lanier High School in Macon, and volunteered for the Army Air Corps during World War II while a student at Clemson University. He served in China and India as a Staff Sergeant flight engineer on the B-25 bomber as part of the 14th Air Force, the “Flying Tigers”. After returning from World War II, he completed a degree in Textile Engineering at Clemson University. He was then employed by the Bibb Manufacturing Company in Macon, GA for 22 years, becoming the Director of Research and Development. He was responsible for developing some of the fabrics used in the first moon landing and other aspects of the NASA space program. He was then employed by Mount Vernon Mills in Greenville, SC and subsequently became Director of Research and Development for the Uniroyal Corporation in Georgia and South Carolina. During his tenure there, he was voted Scientist of the Year, among other honors.

He was an active member of the Baptist and Episcopal Churches in the communities in which he lived, and devoted himself to volunteer work in food pantries, Meals on Wheels, and other charitable organizations. He was an active Kiwanian and volunteered his services at the Indian Mounds in Macon. An avid photographer, he was one of the few to take color photographs during World War II. Many of his photographs have been featured in the Airmen’s Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in printed books.

A devoted and loving husband and father, he was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Joyce Chandler Barnwell of Macon, GA, and his second wife of 4 1/2 years, Carolyn Pittman Barnwell, of Macon, GA. He is survived by his 4 children, Carol Barnwell Neighbors, Joyce Barnwell Yocum, Hettie Barnwell Cannon and George Rhett Barnwell, as well as 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The family extends special thanks to his caregivers at Compassionate Care Hospice and Zebulon Park Health and Rehab Center, and to Carol Spencer and LaTara Fowler for their devoted care to our father.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Christ the Healer Ministries, Inc. PO Box 27466, Macon, GA 31221, or donate online at

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church. Visitation will begin at 10:30 in the Cloister Room with a reception following the memorial service also in the Cloister Room. Burial will be private for family only. The Rev. Harriette Simmons and Rev. Bill Abbott will officiate.

Visit to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.



  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2014


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Joyce Barnwell Yocum

January 29, 2014

Thank you all for your kind words & prayers. Daddy was a wonderful man ! He will certainly be missed, but we know he is in Heaven now, & that gives us Peace.
With heartfelt love to you all.

Donna McCauley

January 17, 2014

Dear Rhett, Our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of loss. You are in our thoughts and if there is anything we can do, please let us know.

Russell Clarke
Donna McCauley
Melinda Parmer
Steve Schmidt

January 17, 2014

Carol was my first boss at Bibb after Auburn in 1967 and his guidance, advice, and friendship was much appreciated during those years and I truly enjoyed ocasional communications with him over these many years. My life was enriched by his friendship and may God's blessing be with his family.

January 17, 2014

Joyce, Carol, Hettie, Rhett, grands and great-grands, David and Lamon,
You have a wonderful, close-knit family, and I know the patriarch of the group will be sorely missed. However, take comfort in the fact that you know where he is, and receive the peace that passes all understanding from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My heart is with you.

Much Love, Terrie Henegar

Madge DeMay

January 17, 2014

Praying for you all. Bless his heart he is now in the loving arms of The Lord. The three muskateers are rolling again. Richard, Carroll and William.

January 17, 2014

Dear Rhett, Carol, Joyce, and Hettie...Sending you our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your beloved father. May the knowledge that he lived such a rich, full life and the pride you must have for his many accomplishments help bring comfort to all of you during this difficult time. He will remain close in your hearts forever. Blessings to all of you...Julianne & Tim

Rex Divine

January 17, 2014

Sorry to hear of your family's loss. You guys will be in my prayers.
Rex M. Divine

January 17, 2014

Your Dad' s obituary is a testament to a life well lived. Keeping you all in our prayers! Roger & Becky Levens

Charlotte Gunter

January 17, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you all .May the memory's always bring smiles to your face and warmth to you heart .Steve & Charlotte Gunter