The Life of Catherine Barnett

CATHERINE BARNETT YOUNGSTOWN – On Feb. 19, 2011, Catherine Barnett, 91, was called home to glory, following a lengthy illness. God softly whispered in her ear, “It‘s time to take your rest.” Miss Kitty, as she was fondly known, was born June 2, 1919, in Ensley, Ala., a daughter of Annie Gilbert and Henry James Blanchard. She married Charles Barnett in 1937, and moved to the Youngstown area in 1944. She retired from the Youngstown Board of Education in 1982, and also worked at The McGuffey Centre, where she taught ceramics. Catherine was an avid bowler and first started bowling in 1963. She was very passionate about her bowling and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame and the Ebony Hall of Fame. She was a coach for the Junior Bowlers and a member of the T.N.B.A. (The National Bowling Assn.) church league since it started for over 30 years. In addition, she was one of the founding members of the Swans League. She received many awards and bowled in numerous leagues for over 40 years, including the Senior Olympics and 30 years in the state tournaments. She was a longstanding member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, where she served on the nurse’s and altar guilds, deaconess board, Senior Ministry, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Catherine was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a den mother with the Cub Scouts and an ombudsmen volunteer with the seniors. She leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, William (Roslyn) Barnett Sr. of Tacoma, Wash., Glenn, Robert (Linda) and Percy (Christel), all of Youngstown; two daughters, Beatrice (Wilbert) Barnett-Stoneham of Los Angeles, and Karen (James Sr.) Stanford, with whom she made her home; two sisters, Hattie B. Byrd of Columbus and Beatrice Dawkins of Los Angeles; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a godson, Tony Jackson; and a host of family and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who passed away Nov. 3, 1974; her sons, Charles Jr., Henry “Marty,” Raymond and Daryl; a grandson, Antoine “Tony;” and her daughter-in-law, Margaret Barnett. Friends may call Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, from 11 a.m. to noon at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow immediately at noon. Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home. >>

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