Rev. Dr. David L. Barrett Sr.

January 12, 1935December 29, 2012

The Rev. Dr. David L. Barrett Sr., 77, of Waynesburg passed away peacefully Saturday, December 29, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born January 12, 1935, in Englewood, N.J., a son of the late Erna Heldon and Harold P. Barrett. He graduated form Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood in 1952, and was employed with Aluminum Company of America ( ALCOA) until 1954 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Tulle, France. It was during his enlistment that he first received the calling of God. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Barrington College in Providence, RI, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history in 1961. While enrolled there, he met his wife, Carole Nichols Barrett. They were married in December of 1958. After graduation from Barrington, he enrolled at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. graduating in 1964; he was ordained to the Gospel ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA. He served as assistant youth pastor at Hebron United Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills from 1964 to 1967; he served as pastor of Reed Memorial United Presbyterian Church in Lyndhurst, N.J. from 1967 to 1970; and he served associate pastor of Beverly Heights United Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon from 1970 to 1975. In June of 1975 he accepted the position of pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, where he remained until his retirement in 2000. In 1989, he was awarded and Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Waynesburg College. He is a past president of the Waynesburg Ministerium, and served on numerous boards, including: chairman of the Salvation Army, Waynesburg Service Unit for 15 years; American Red Cross; American Cancer Society; Try-Again Homes; Habitat for Humanity; and Greene County Association for Retarded Citizens. In the Presbytery of Washington, he served on the Evangelism Committee, Committee on Ministry, Personnel Committee, Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and on the Synod Evangelism Committee in New Jersey. He was involved in numerous committees for church crusades and rallies. He participated in various community charities and fundraisers, and spent much of his time visiting sick and elderly members of the community. In addition to the numerous missionaries and religious dignitaries that Rev. Barrett welcomed into the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg during his time there, he and others traveled extensive in hopes of strengthening the church’s relationship with God. Over the course of two decades, Rev. Barrett and several other congregation member, as well as representatives of other community churches, traveled to various countries, including Mexico, Israel and Russia. He was an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams, he loved to travel and he greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter, Amy L (Barrett) Mackor; two sons, David L. Barrett Jr. and Stephen N. Barrett and wife Crystal; three grandchildren, Melissa Anne Burton and Husband Brad, James David Barrett (JD), and Bryson Lewis Barrett. Also surviving are his niece Robin McGill and brother Harold P. Barrett who make their home with them; two brothers, Wilfred Barrett (Lorraine) of Boise, Idaho, and John Barrett of Hamburg, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents are a brother, Kenneth L. Barrett and a sister Violet McGill. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church 169 West College St., Waynesburg at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday January 2, 2012 with Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg, PO Box 446, Waynesburg, PA 15370.


  • Visitation Monday, December 31, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rev. Dr. David L. Barrett Sr.

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Mary Lou & Ed Roscoe & family

February 8, 2013

It is comforting to know Rev. Barrett is with his savior but those of us left behind will certainly miss him. His presence at services was a comfort to those of us who listened to him for so many Sundays. I especially remember the sermons based on the words to hymns he loved. They meant so much to him and to us in turn. The family has our sympathy but we thank you for sharing him with us for so many wonderful years.

Susan Pool

January 4, 2013

To Carole and the Entire Barrett Family,

I am so very sorry to hear about Rev. Barrett. Our family truly appreciates all the wonderful things that he and the Presbyterian Church did for us in our time of need. I don't imagine that we ever properly thanked him. You have my deepest sympathy.

January 2, 2013

Our Deepest Sympathy. He meant so much in our lives and truly will be missed. Sam, Lauri, LR and Sammy Neubauer

Carol Scott and Michael Meighen

January 1, 2013

His physical struggles are over now, and his body is perfect and healed. It's hardest on those left behind...May the peace of Jesus surround you and your family.

Rex and Heather Rossell

December 31, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

The Mackay Family

December 31, 2012

Our thoughts, prayers, and sincere sympathy goes to you and your family. May God and Dave help you through this time and give you peace and comfort.

Wayne & Betty Zackal

December 31, 2012

Dear Carole and family,
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Rev. Dave always greeted us with his smile and caring words.
With deepest sympathy,
Wayne & Betty Zackal

December 31, 2012

We have never known anyone who exemplified a Christian more than Dave. His life was a shining example of his belief. We feel truly blessed to have known him. We send prayers, love, and support to Carole and the entire family.
Vince and Carol Gullotta

Tim Breidigan

December 31, 2012

My thoughs and prayers are with you and your family at this time. The Reverend had a deep and meaningful influence on so many people's lives. I pray that God will surround your family with His love just as He is surrounding the Reverend today.

Dave Armstrong

December 31, 2012

My family offers our deepest sympathies and prayers at this time for your entire family. Take comfort in knowing that you have each other and support from friends.