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Orlando Tyrone Barnett

February 5, 1943April 27, 2020
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Orlando Tyrone Barnett was born February 5, 1943 to the union of Mildred Maxine Bradford and John William Barnett. Tyrone was the eldest of six siblings. He was a beloved husband, devoted father, brother, uncle, grandfather and dear friend. The family resided in Orrville, OH, where the boys and their sister attended schools. The boys exhibited multiple athletic abilities and participated in various sports including football, softball, wrestling, swimming and they were excellent students. Tyrone’s favorite sport may have been softball, but he was good at football, which helped get him awarded a four-year scholarship to Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. While attending there, he joined the ROTC and after graduation, he joined the United States Navy as an officer. His tour of duty took him to many countries. Tyrone served 20 plus years in the Navy, retiring in 1986 as a Commander, an accomplishment of which he was proud. During his military career, Tyrone met and married Tommie Jo Turnell from Athens, GA in 1967. To this union there were three sons, Robert Wilson, William Bradford and Thomas Holland. Each son had the middle name of relatives from their respective parents’ family. Tyrone and the family were stationed in Hawaii for several years before returning to stateside and being reassigned to Springfield, VA in 1979. Tyrone was a devoted husband and family man. He worked hard and probably in many ways expected his sons to do likewise. Maybe because of his military discipline, his sons referred to him as Commander. He instilled in his sons to be the best they could be and encouraged his grandchildren to do the same. He didn't wear his Christian beliefs on his shoulders, but he was active in his local church and during his youth, he was in charge of the Sunday school department. Tyrone accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the First Baptist Church of Orrville. Shortly after his retirement, Tyrone started a small business. He was awarded military contracts to provide computer services to U.S. Department of Defense service companies. In 1991 Tyrone was inducted into the Orrville High School Hall of Fame, class of 1961. He was presented to the Hall of Fame by his longtime friend, Roy Lockett. In 2003, Tyrone met and married Ruth Early, from Canton, OH. Tyrone passed on April 27, 2020 and has joined his parents, brothers Gregory Eugene, William Michael and sister, Renee Denise, wife, Tommie Jo (TJ) Turnell Barnett. He will be missed by his wife, Ruth Early Barnett, and remembered by his sons, Robert, Bradford (Rita), and Thomas (Tiffany), his siblings Dwight, John Douglas, and John W. His longtime friend, Clarence Reggie Williams; grandchildren: Alexa J, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Noah; sister-in-law, Marie Barnett, and a host of nieces and nephews; extended family members and countless friends.


27 October

Funeral Service

9:00 am

Fort Myer Old Post Chapel

101 Lee Ave.
Fort Myer, VA 22211

27 October

Committal Service

Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Ave
Arlington, VA 22211


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 16, 2020


Orlando Tyrone Barnett

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August 12, 2020

TY and I were contemporaries at Navy Supply Corps School, Athens GA. We later served together in Hawaii. He and Tommie were wonderful friends and members of the Supply Corps family in Hawaii. He was an officer and a gentleman in the best sense of both words. May he rest in peace.

May the angels lead you into paradise;
May the martyrs receive you at your arrival,
And lead you to the holy city Jerusalem.
May the choirs of angels receive you,
And with Lazarus, once poor,
May you have eternal rest.

Gerry Johnson

June 23, 2020

To the family,
Ty was a great man of God, friend and mentor. We met during my Navy career in Hawaii in 1975 and have been friends since then. I know that he rejoicing in the Lord. Robert, Brad, Thomas and John trust God and He will comfort you now and forever.
Uncle Gerry

Alice Willard-Michaels

June 19, 2020

Dear Ruth,
I am thinking of you and send my love to you my special friend.
I am so sorry that Ty has passed.
Alice Willard-Michaels

Mary Pinkstaff

June 11, 2020

Dear Robert, Brad, Thomas and John, My deepest sympathy to you and your families. It is always difficult to lose a parent/brother but I know time does heal our hearts. I don't live in Virginia anymore or I would attend in October but my prayers will be with all of you. May his memory be eternal.

With love in Christ,
Mary Pinkstaff and Family

Sheryl Grumney

May 15, 2020

This weekend, my beautiful Mother, Ruth Earley Barnett and her husband, Orlando Tyrone Barnett, celebrated their 16th Wedding Anniversary. I hadn’t remembered seeing her as happy as on that day. She was giddy. Her jaws must have ached for days afterwards, as her smile couldn’t have been any broader.

They certainly were soul-connected. She could always sense when something wasn’t quite right with her “Babes”. Recently, even though they were not together physically, she sensed something was amiss. Indeed it was. Mr. B had gone home to be with his Lord and Savior.

There will be no more pain for him. No more brokenness. He is whole again. His “Doll” will get past this, with love and support. She will adjust to a different normal. But there will never be another who will call her “Doll” the way he did ❤️

May God comfort Ty’s countless family and friends. May the Holy Spirit reveal and confirm God’s infinite love.

Rest well, Mr B. Thank you for loving our Momma Ruth 🙏🏾

R Gregory Freeland

May 15, 2020

I met Ty( Commander Barnett ) back in 1978 as an intern with the NAVY! He was and is today a man of great character and cared much about people.

God continue to bless his family.

Greg Freeland

Theresa McFadden

May 15, 2020

The McFadden and Coe families send our love and deepest sympathies to Robert, Brad, Thomas, John and your families for the sad loss of your Dad and brother. Ty was a good friend and neighbor to us for so many years and we have so many great memories of him, your mom and all of you growing up through the years. Those were great times! He was a good Dad who really cared so deeply about his family. Rest in Peace, Ty.

Nick Yonclas

May 14, 2020

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Nick Yonclas

May 9, 2020

I was a teammate of Ty’s at Ohio State. Nothing about his success in the military, business and relationships afterwards surprises me, because he was such an outstanding person back then. My regret is that we did not keep up through the years, other than during team reunions. The comments of family members and other friends softens that regret somewhat, as Ty obviously remained the Ty I knew. God bless him and his family. His was a life well lived.

Brian Ashford

May 9, 2020

As noted in the obituary, Tyrone was a great husband, father, brother, serviceman, businessman, athlete, and friend. Tyronne was a valuable mentor during my time in Maryland, and I enjoyed spending time with the entire Barnett family ... especially when he fired up the grill! A lot of great food was consumed at the Barnett’s Springfield home while watching football, petting the Pug and just having fun. These are memories I will always cherish.

My condolences to Ruth, Robert, Brad, Thomas, Dwight, Doug and their families.

Warmest regards,

Brian Ashford


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