Charles "Charley" D. Barrett

April 10, 1979March 21, 2018
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Charles “Charley” D. Barrett, age 38, of Howell, Michigan passed away on Wednesday March 21, 2018. Charles was born April 10, 1979. Charles graduated from Dansville High School in 1998. He was employed as a hospice nurse. Charles loved horses and his nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed to travel. Charles is survived by his parents, Charles & Joy Barrett; brother, Corey (Stacy) Barrett; sister, Danielle (Michael) Lam; significant other, Mark Shamoun; grandmother, Helen Barrett; grandparents, Donald & Eva Brown; nieces and nephews, Madison Barrett, Cole Stump, Wyatt Barrett and Saylor Lam. Charles was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond C. Barrett; great-grandparents, George & Vada Mongeon; and nephew, Camden Lam. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Mason First Church of the Nazarene, 415 E. Maples St., Mason, MI 48854. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason, MI 48854 and one hour prior to the service at the church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Barrett family.


  • Charles H. Barrett, Casket Bearer
  • Mike Lam, Casket Bearer
  • Mark Shamoun, Casket Bearer
  • Angela St. Amant, Casket Bearer
  • Erin Graf, Casket Bearer
  • Melvin Brown, Casket Bearer


  • Visitation Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 26, 2018

Charles "Charley" D. Barrett

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Marnie (Nicki) Mitchell, RN, BSN

March 27, 2018

How apropos, Charley, that you chose to enter Oestara, the phase of Spring Equinox...the beginning of new light and growth. I have always felt that your extraordinary, charismatic, and gargantuan nature seemed confined and restricted. From what I have read on your FB page, the last few months seemed hurried as though you knew preparation was imperative prior to entering a new phase in spiritual care. You were the Axis Mundi to all who knew and gravitated toward you. Your goal as a palliative doula has been achieved. You are now the light we seek...have always sought...and finally recognize it for who and what you are. I am glad to have experienced such a presence. Thank you.

Denise Egeland

March 25, 2018

Charley was such an amazing soul! He loved his patients and their families. It was so appropriate that he worked in hospice care. It was my honor to know and work with him. I hope that your memories of him will carry you through the difficult times. My deepest sympathies.

Pamela Harrington

March 25, 2018

I worked at VA with Charlie
Always looked forward to seeing him and putting my trust in him. He was a dear and always so helpful. Hated to hear he was moving but was so glad to see him so happy. RIP my friend...

pete Zamora

March 25, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent to you and your family. Keep the faith!

Lori Sterle

March 25, 2018

As I think of Charlie, the one thing that comes to mind is gentle and kind. Charlie loved his life to the fullest and everything he did was done to the fullest! He loved his family whole heartedly and he always had a tear in his eye when speaking of them and how deeply he loved them.
We had several conversations regarding his recent career move from ccu to hospice. He had a passion for nursing and an excellent nurse he was! Hospice was always his goal in nursing from the beginning. It seemed to have his heart and his kind gentle soul suited him well for caring for the terminally ill patient. The one thing that Charlie can say is that he did it!!! He had reached one of his career goals in a short period of time.
Along with many things that he was good at, dancing was one of them. He was the guy that all eyes were on, watching his every move on the dance floor... then paired with Dani, Chuck and Joy... it was a perfectly paired dance card! WOW!!! Heaven has gained a true angel who is dancing in the pastures. Though we will never know why God has called him home so early in life, I feel priveledged to know sweet Charlie! You will be missed my many you sweet man!

Dallas King

March 24, 2018

Charley was a joy. I feel honored to have known him and to watch his great friendship with Angie and Erin. Sending love to all of those who will keep his memory alive.

Lisa Revord

March 24, 2018

I will never forget the first time I met Charley, it was at an ER Christmas party in the late 1990s. He obviously got his love for dancing from his parents. He was young, handsome and he owned that dance floor. He was incredible, I admired not only his talent but his courage to dance his heart out. Some of us go through the motions but never really live. Clearly Charlie lived life to the fullest and knew what was important, two attributes we should all strive for. Anyone who knows the Barrett family knows your closeness and love for one another. The deeper we love, the deeper the sorrow. You will all be in my prayers for a long time to come. Much love, Lisa

Mark Shamoun

March 23, 2018

I will always be your Mr February. I miss you so much. You are perfect.


March 23, 2018

I am truly sorry for your loss. The Bible assures us that Almighty God is able and promises to resurrect our loved ones who die (1 Cor 15:20-22, Acts 24:15, Job 14:14-15) to live forever in perfect health (Isaiah 33:24), with no more tears, pain, nor death (Revelation 21:3-5). May this future hope (Romans 15:4) bring you comfort, as you examine more of God's manual for life, the Bible.

Brenda Rubin

March 23, 2018

Charley was a part of our hospice team and what an addition he made! Every time I saw Charley, he gave me a big hug and flashed that wonderful smile. A smile that lit up everything and everyone around him. He had such energy and a zest for life that I admired. I felt privileged knowing Charley and will always remember him with great love and affection. May your beautiful spirit continue to heal and comfort your family and friends. Rest in peace my friend.
Brenda Rubin