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OBITUARY

Doris E. Barbel

November 17, 1932June 28, 2020
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Obituary

Sunrise: November 17, 1932 Sunset: June 28, 2020

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25 Doris E. Dennis Barbel was born in Brewersville, Liberia on November 17, 1932, through the union of Edna Lenora Dennis, the granddaughter of the late President William D. Coleman (13th president of the Republic of Liberia) and her husband. Upon her mother’s death, her British father returned to England while Doris remained with her maternal grandmother, the late Minister Annie Maria Coleman (AME Church). Due to an illness, her grandmother took her to live with her cousin, the late Honorable William E. Dennis Sr. and his then wife, Magdalene L. Cooper, who was a nurse. The mother of the Honorable William E. Dennis Sr., the late Cora Louise Freeman, along with the late Magdalene L. Cooper, nursed Doris back to excellent health. In the meantime, the Honorable William E. Dennis Sr. became so fond of Doris that he fell in love, claimed her as his first child and eventually adopted her. She grew up in Liberia, West Africa and upon her father’s advice, later travelled to the United States of America to continue her college education. While in New York, she lived with her aunt the late Etta M. Coleman, wife of her late great uncle William David Coleman. During this time, she met her husband of 59 years, Charles Melvin Barbel I. She later returned to Liberia where she worked as the Personnel Manager at the Robertsfield International Airport of Liberia. Along with her husband, she managed two gift shops at the airport (R.I.A.), the Firestone Guest House and the Firestone Gulf Club. She loved to bake but her specialty was baking and decorating ceremonial cakes. She was highly respected and known in the community as a leader. She was a part of the Farmington Lioness Club of Liberia (Firestone Branch). She also served for many years as a member of the First Baptist Church. Doris is known for her loving spirit and how she was always so self-sacrificing for others. She is known for her strength. People always commented about how strong she was. Her passion was gardening, melodious humming and singing with her natural alto tune. Her loving heart for people and appreciation of those who helped her along life’s path, gave her the spirit to care for many children. Her family was her life, and she lived for them. Doris is preceded in death by her parents the Honorable William E. Dennis, Sr., Edna Lenora Dennis, her biological father, and Step-mother, Magdalene L. Cooper; only biological brother “Bushybang” (Nickname); grandmother Minister Annie Maria Coleman, Aunt Etta M. Coleman; oldest son Wesley Blake Gibson, sister Rae Wiles, nephew Louis Arthur Wiles, niece Brenda Bademosi. She is survived by her husband Charles M. Barbel I; her children: Bernard Gibson (Karen), Edna Williams (Freddie), Jewel Powers (Alonzo), Matthew Barbel (Lisa), Crystal Gibson (daughter-in-law), Joseph Mark, Lawrence Barbel, Elizabeth Cooper Zewey and Victoria Harris; grandchildren Charles Robert, Ashley, Christopher, Edna Jewel, Monica, Kimberly, Jamaal, Sean, Charles Melvin II, Limuel, Modestine, Alonzo Christian, Ethan, Wanyea, Roberta, Mabel, Melvina, Kotatus, Prince and Melvin; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers: Robert H. Dennis, J. Emery Dennis, Hilary A. Dennis, Freeman Ford Dennis, William E. Dennis, Jr. and V. Marbue Dennis; sisters: Rose Marie Dennis, Cora L. Dennis, Gloria V. Dennis and Sadia L. Dennis; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends. Above everything, Doris loved God and was always humbled in knowing that He is her source of life. Doris believed that God is love. The love she always gave to others was so appreciatively returned back to her as she departed her temporary body. With all our hearts, we sincerely thank the many loved ones that were by Doris’ side during her last days on this Earth. May God bless you always.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Sunday, July 5, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Sunday, July 5, 2020

Memories

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Monica Gibson

July 5, 2020

Love you Grandma.

Montee Cooper

July 5, 2020

Montee Cooper

July 5, 2020

Nancy Mensah-Bright

July 5, 2020

Cousin Doris and her beloved Charlie always warmly welcomed us as kids in their home at Firestone. I can still remember her smile. On behalf of our family, I want to express our deepest sympathy. Take heart because she left enough memories to be with each of you 365+ days. We pray that your faith continue to comfort you. May her soul and that of all the faithful departed rest in perfect peace.
From Nancy Mensah-Bright

Kathleen Foster

July 4, 2020

Cousin Charlie & family, my heart is saddened with yours by the passing of my dear Cousin Doris! I praise God for fond memories & our many hilarious visits on the phone, many times having each other in "stitches." Our bond began many years ago when we lived in N. Y. with my grandmother. Then years later the two of you attended my wedding although you had moved to Liberia. Her marriage to you was a blessing because of your deep abiding love & commitment to each other. It warmed my heart at how her "Boo Boo" took care of her, especially during her illness, serving her, lovingly combing her hair even to her last days! And although death has parted you, Cousin Charlie, you hold such beautiful & cherished memories. I pray that the wonderful shared memories & the legacy of her love & care for her family help to sustain each of you. May you all lean mightily on God for His help to prevail & your strength to be restored! God has promised "Hope" to those who believe - we do not sorrow as those who have no Hope...! (1Thes. 4:13-14). Lean on God family! Much love & blessings to you!

Charles Barbel

July 4, 2020

Modestine Powers (Granddaughter)

July 4, 2020

Love, elegance, grace, and pure, natural beauty at its finest- inside and out. My Grandma was my rock on Earth and now my angel in Heaven. I love my Grandma. She is the true definition of a Godly woman.

Phillip Henry

July 3, 2020

Sis. Barbel has always treated me as family from the first day I met her at 10 years of age. It was her snacks and juice box that led me to my best friend and her son Charles. Sis. Barbel gave me the best lesson on dinner etiquette, which I still carry with me today. Walking through that front door I always knew I could sit down and have a wonderful conversation with her. We have all been blessed to have her grace our lives and she will be truly missed. To my extended Family the Barbel’s, she may be gone outwardly, but she will always be inside your heart. May the love of God, the peace of the Holy Spirit, the sweet communion that knowing that you are a child of the King keep you in this period in life when it might appear that death has won. But, it’s a lie! LOVE will last forever! For God is LOVE.

nuku watson

July 3, 2020

Hello, I saw the obit on TLC of your beloved. I don't know your family but just want to extend my heartfelt condolence to you. I saw your beautiful pictures and videos of Mrs Doris and read her life sketch. She was a beautiful person on the inside and out. Most importantly she knew Jesus! She's with Him now and has been blessed with a beautiful life and family. Praying for your comfort and peace. You were blessed to have her in your lives!

Charles Cooper

July 3, 2020

I want to express my deepest condolences and prayers to Mr. Barbel and the the entire family on behalf of the Charles E. Cooper family of Firestone, Liberia.
Mrs. Barbel as many other adults, was an integral part in molding me and others into the productive adults we are today. Our community cared and the love was shown daily by our parents. They were the true meaning of "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child".
I have so many fond memories of days and movie nights at the golf club . Mrs. Barbel was always quiet and brought calmness to me.
May her soul and that of all our departed love ones rest in peace. Amen.

Charles E. Cooper Jr.

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