Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Barrett, 79, went to his heavenly home on Monday, November 5, 2018. He was able to spend his last days at his home in Oak City surrounded by his family. He was born in Martin County on August 12, 1939, to the late George Wilbur and Margaret Hines Barrett.
Ronnie farmed his family’s farms and operated the cucumber market, which is currently located beside his home. This building has always been very special to him because through it he touched the lives of so many young people. These people continue to come back and visit and remember the good times.
Ronnie’s life was full of family, friends, and colleagues. He never met a person who did not soon become a good friend. He retired from Wyatt-Quarles after 24 years in 2004. Through this endeavor he made many longtime friends.
Ronnie loved his God. He was a life time member of the Oak City Christian Church, where he served in many roles including elder, chairman of the board, and Sunday School Superintendent.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Whitehurst Barrett of the home; two daughters, Elizabeth (Bebie) Hines Barrett of Greenville and Jennifer Barrett Taylor and husband Kevin of Onancock, VA; two cherished grandchildren, Hamilton Burch Taylor and Hannah Barrett Taylor; and several special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Ronald Eugene Barrett, Jr.; his mother and father; and his sister, Dolores Barrett Whitehurst.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Oak City Christian Church.
A celebration of life service to honor Ronnie’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Oak City Christian Church. Interment will follow at the Oak City Cemetery. The Reverend Morgan Daughety will be presiding.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Oak City Christian Church, P.O. Box 9, Oak City, NC 27857 or online by clicking here; or to the Oak City Baptist Men’s Ministry, P.O. Box 39, Oak City, NC 27857 or online by clicking here.
Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck is handling arrangements for the Barrett family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.letchworthsykesfs.com.