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Funeral services for Howard Milton Barnette, 77, of Cullman will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at The Refuge Church, located at the intersection and corner of 157 and 278 E in Cullman. Pastors Wayne Barnette, Zachary Speegle, G.J. Chandler, Eddie Chandler will officiate. Interment will be in Berlin Cemetery.
Cullman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Barnette passed away Nov. 20. He was born Oct. 18, 1940, to John James and Clara Lois Gerstman Barnette.
Howard was a very loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was employed at Mutual Savings Life Insurance, Bendix-Westinghouse, and owner of Barnette's Building Supply. He was a member of The Bread of Life Church of God. He served as a Church of God treasurer over 44 years. He was a faithful Christian man who served the Lord for 55 years. He loved his family and everyone he came in contact with.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Edward and Bertha Chandler; six brothers; and seven sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eloise Chandler Barnette; son, Wayne (Brenda) Barnette; daughters, Rena (Matt) Howell, Bridgett (Zachary) Speegle; brothers, James (Jackie) Barnette, Bill (I.V.) Barnette, Cecil (Jean) Dyer, Olen Barnette, L.T. Barnette; sisters, Ann (Terry) Smith, Faye Montgomery, Myra Jean Drake, Joyce Brown, Betty Nix; grandchildren, Candase (Justin) Wilkins, Dustin (Tiffany) Barnette, Matthew (B.J.) Howell, Zachary (Tiffany) Howell, Blake (Taylor) Howell, Kaitlyn Speegle, Landon Speegle, Alexis Speegle, Aleczander Speegle; great-grandchildren, Emmalyn and Finlee Wilkins, Jorryn, Tylyn, Carolynn Barnette, Ashlyn Aldridge, Alexa Buckelew, Ever Jane and Georgiabelle Howell, Rutledge Howell; and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church and again from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
His grandsons will be pallbearers.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cullmanfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 21, 2017
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