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Inez I. Barnett

Inez I. Barnett

Sunrise February 18, 1928             Sunset May 6, 2021


Inez I. Barnett was born to the late Ella (Mason) and Brantley Douglas on February 18, 1928. Inez was the youngest of seven children. She attended the Lakewood Public School in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Inez met and married the love of her life, Donald (Pete) Barnett Sr. From that union they had four marvelous children, Donald Jr., Marvin, Barbara, and Raymond.


Inez was employed at the Browns Mills Post Office for twenty-five years. She started out being a mail carrier and then was promoted to becoming a clerk inside the post office. Her husband, Pete retired from work in 1988 before Inez. He loved to tease her because she was still working had to get up every morning and go into her job. Inez finally got tired of hearing him pick and laugh at her, so she retired in 1990.


Inez had a lot of activities that she loved being involved in. Playing the piano was always her favorite. She began playing the piano at an early age. Inez began playing for various churches in Lakewood and Red Bank since she was 8 old.


After her marriage to Pete, they moved to Browns Mills New Jersey. There they joined Bethel AME Church in Cookstown, NJ. Inez also played the piano for Bethel. Inez and Pete transferred their membership from Bethel AME Church to Friendship AME Church. She was a beloved member for over 60 years. She was a Member of the Mamie Anderson Missionary Society where she served as the treasurer for over 20 years. She also served on and sang for the Senior Choir, the Huttonaires Choir, and the Mass Choir. The choir that she loved playing for the most was HER Male Chorus. Because of Inez love and devotion to her church, she was named the Mother of The Church.


Inez was always a Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles fans and would watch the games on Sundays with Pete and whoever else happened to be at the house. Inez was also an avid bowler, she loved crocheting, and making cakes for family and friends. Per some of her grandsons "she made the best Roast Beef and Gravy" ever! She also liked going crabbing at Barnegat Pier. That she liked just a little bit.


Some of Inez's family life lessons that she shared with her great granddaughters were " Always put a little bit of sugar in every vegetable you cook because it would bring out the flavor. She would also say "If I'm mad today I'll get over it tomorrow and if I don't then that's my problem. Life it too short to stay mad.


During the work week cereal was always served for breakfast. However, when Sunday came, Sunday was special. Growing up Inez’s Sunday mornings breakfast was the best. She would have great hearty meals of pork chops, steak, and potatoes. Inez had never had grits until she met Pete.  After she married Pete, grits were included in the breakfast spectacular.


Inez's greatest loves have always been, her personal family and then her church family. There was nothing that she would not do for any of them.


Early Thursday morning on May 6, 2021, Jesus reached out and called Inez home to her permanent rest. He told her, “Well done thy good and faithful servant with whom I am well pleased.”


Inez is preceded in death by her husband Donald (Pete) Barnett; her parents Ella (Mason) and Brantley Douglas; her siblings Ruby Webster, Hilda Johnson, Brantley (Bud) Douglas, Herbert (Hub) Douglas, Pearl Lowe, and Dolton Douglas; her son Marvin Barnett Sr.; and her grandson Marvin (Tee) Minney. She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her son Donald J. Barnett Jr. of Levittown PA; her daughter Barbara A. Hornsby of Pemberton, NJ; and her son Raymond B. and (Pat) Barnett of Rocky Point, NC; a Cousin Marge (Alonzo) Purnell; eight grandsons, fourteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. One God Son, Timothy Hutton and one God Daughter, Debra Sharp-Danner; and a host of relatives and friends.


Life Celebration services will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 11AM at the Friendship AME Church, 711 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Family and friends may view from 10 AM until time of service. Interment: Jacobstown Baptist Cemetery, Jacobstown, NJ. Arrangements by: TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, Burlington, NJ

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