I was welcomed into this world on July 16,1920, into the loving arms of my dear parent, The ophilus and Estelle Smilley Barnett in Matthews, Alabama in a wooden clapboard home built by my father. My paternal grandparents Samuel Prince and Aggie Barnett shared in the nurturing and development of my early youth and sought to protect and prepare me for the challenges of our time. Grandma Aggie, my best friend, gave me her name at birth which was immediately edited by my mother to include her mother's name, Alice. Thus becoming, Aggie Alice Mildred Barnett. I was the firstborn of my most loving siblings; George, Tom Dorothy, Elizabeth and Theophilus II. My father would later remarry, adding Willie Ann McClain to our family circle.
Our home, across the road from my Grandparents, up the road from my many first cousins, a stone's throw from our school and church, sat upon our very own land that survives me, but still takes rest within holds of the Barnett family today. First cousins were plentiful and ever present as my father was one of nine, and my mother was one of seventeen children, producing wealth of off springs for generations to come. Some of my Barnett cousins also lived on the family property which made for ready playmates. We were all remarkably close.
Our church, Church of Christ, had been well attended by two generations of my family before me. My grandparents were immovable in their faith and shared their love of God with us. Family was everything and the gratitude of having it anchored our prayers. Our thankful prayers greeted each morning, closed each day, and peppered our every meal. Scratched up meals prepared by my Grandma Aggie and homemade ill remedies made by my grandpa Prince drew many visitors who were always welcome.
The expansive Barnett land gave host to Pecan, Fruit and Cotton trees, horses, livestock and corn fields, the labor of which consumed much of my early life but produced much reward by way of fanciful feasts at Christmas and on holiday-like Sunday shared by family and friends. I had a horse that shared my name, Alice. The laborious take of farming bred within me enduring strength and perseverance that has served me well. In later years I attended Montgomery Public Schools and "Bama State" under the tutelage of my maternal Aunts and Uncles who were my teachers, principal, and ever present disciplinarians. If I were ever brave enough to act up in school, I would be spanked by them, and again by my mom when I got home, as those were her people, and should not stand for any embarrassment nor shame to the Smiley name. She would often remind me; my Grandpa Smiley was the Reverend GW Smiley. I was both a Majorette and Basketball player in school. I loved twirling and flipping that baton and was good at it. An act of which drew scoffs from fellow classmates. "That Alice Barnett thinks she's something," they would say and pick fights with me. I did not like fighting, but could, as well as curtsy, I was equally gifted at basketball, where I played center, and gymnastics. I also loved fishing and would do it often, for years to come.
It was in Montgomery where I later met and married my one and only husband, true love, and father of all my beloved children, Dennis Elmore Jackson. He would give me another name, affectionately calling "Snookie."
Our matrimony, while destined, was met with caution by my parents who perceived it to be a detour from my pending college education. Indeed, it was.
Dennis and I headed North, as did many others, to Michigan by way New York where he was based during the military. We settled Michigan, first in River Rough, and later in Detroit. The Lord blessed us with a newly constructed home on Beatrice Street, and seven children to put in it: six boys, Dennis, twins Lawrence and Lowell, Wallace (Althea - dec), Pastor Jerry (Deborah), George, and years later, one girl, Marqudi (Nathan). I enjoyed Motherhood with all its trials and rewards. I purposed to instill the values in my children that were instilled in me, plagiarizing the handbook of my Parents and Grandparents, placing then in the hands of the Lord. I love all my children dearly, and ensured they knew it. I would later love their spouses as my very own.
Upon arrival in Michigan, I planted my feet in the footprints of generations of Barnetts before me, becoming a member of Church of Christ; Holiford Street Church of Christ in River Rouge, MI where I worshipped until the present, now under the leadership of Bro. Leon Mullens (Emma). In my glory years I would enjoy visits to Abundant Life Ministries to worship with my son and daughter-in' love', Pastor Jerry and Deborah Jackson and their loving church family, experiences that blessed my beyond measure.
Family has always been important to me, and I thank the Good Luck for every branch of our family tree. I looked forward to each reunion, celebration, and any opportunity just to be among them. I have often said I have some good people.
My grandchildren are so ever so precious to me; Marqudi Tyler, my first granny (Reggie), Calvin Lavender Jackson, Alice Elizabeth Thompson, my lil Aggie (Weldone), Kelly Cooper, Leah Crawford, Deshon Jackson, Hebe lee Jackson, Tyruse Walls (Tina), Dennis Brooks Jackson (Keisha), Jeffy Cooper, Jerry Allen Jackson II, and preceding my death; Terrell Jackson (Tamiko) and Rekeyia Sanghott (Amadou). All of whom have brought me boundless joy. I have always kept an open home and heart to "my grannies" as I affectionately call them and often carried them to church with me. I enjoyed them most in bunches at a time. Them more the merrier, as the saying goes. In their younger years, they would sleep any and everywhere in our humble abode and would make a mess oft he kitchen while cooking breakfast in the mornings. The tight space made the laughs louder, the nugs stronger and the love that much bountiful. Together, they have added some twenty-six great grandchildren, and seventeen great-great grandchildren and counting to the family tree. All dear to me.
To God be the Glory for my growth and grace in the knowledge of Christ over the years. God had truly been good to me! He has remained faithful and just, even when I have faltered. He has brought me through some trying and difficult spaces, including the sudden death of my husband, two children; Dennis and Lawrence, siblings; Dorothy Gray, Elizabeth Elder, and George Barnett. Iam eternally grateful for His gift of Salvation and have benefitted from the His promises. My Lord Jesus Christ has readied me for Glory. Whom I leave behind, I hope to see in Glory; children, grandchildren, great -grandchildren and those who are yet to come, my one surviving brother; Theophilus II, nieces, nephews and host of relatives and friends.
May God be with you. The Good Lord has beckoned me!
On May 5, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma a bouncing baby boy was born to Thrill and Dorothy Johnson whom they named Marcus Wayne Johnson. Marcus was to a family where there were seven children, and in those seven children were two sets of twins. Marcus happens to be one those sets. Marcus twin was a girl and they named her Marsha Jayne, there were two bouncing babies. Marcus was a shy child, and eventually he broke out of that. He became a loving out loud vibrant person.
Marcus formative education was attended at Tulsa Public Schools, including Robert Frost and Edison High School. He was a graduate in the class of 1983. After graduation Marcus wanted to travel and adventure out on his own from Tulsa. His journey took him to different states, where he made bonds with some great people whom loved him dearly. Marcus had a unique special bond with Alice Barnett, Diane and Derron Lee.
Marcus worked as a Scheduler/Track Allocation Coordinator, Joint Venture Companies for MARTA, onto working as a Project Controls Lead/Lead Scheduler, Parsons Brinckerhoff in Honolulu, HI. Marcus work as a Project Controls Planner and Scheduler, for Yonkers Industries Inc., Senior Project Controls Manager for the City of Atlanta, Watershed Management Division), Senior Project Controls Manager (DC Water/SPM), Senior Project Controls Manager, Atkins Global, Senior Technical Specialist-Scheduler, Mott McDonald, Deputy Program Manager, SG Contracting Inc.
Marcus loved hosting parties, reading, cooking, traveling, going on cruises, wine tasting, and was a lover of art. He had a great eye for decorating and enjoyed what life had to offer. To know Marcus was to love him, he had a sense of humor that was out of this world. You could laugh for hours, he would have your stomach hurting, have you out of breath or asking him to stop.
On February 8, 2022 God added the finishing touches to Marcus’s heavenly mansion and called him back home to rest. For as much as we will miss Marcus’ presence, we rejoice as we celebrate. Marcus was preceded in death by his parents Thrill and Dorothy Johnson, one brother Kenneth Johnson, two nieces Lynn Fields-Ivey and Candy L. Johnson.
He leaves to cherish his memory: His beloved twin Marsha Johnson; his brothers Reggie and Garry Johnson; his sisters Rashedda Frazier (Bryan), Lashedda (Damon), and Opal Johnson; three aunts Estella Barnett, Gladys Payne, and Alma Grant, there was a quit made for him that he never got to see. Little did we know he was on his way to that glorious land. Marcus reared two children Brandon and Vincent Williams; he leaves a host of five nephews Devin E. William, Royce T. Johnson, Jordan J. Wilson, Donovan E. Bennett and Jerrell Ivey; four nieces Melinda F. Johnson, Qwiawna M. Johnson, Taurean L. Hunter, and Karrington R. Frazier; also, a host of cousins, extended family and friends.
The Life and Legacy of Plato Barnett, Jr.
Plato Evans Barnett, Jr., 68, was born at John Hopkins Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama on October 10, 1951. He was the son of the late Plato Evans Barnett, Sr. and Willie Ella McGhee of Montgomery County, Alabama. During his adolescent years, the family also resided in Augusta, Arkansas. As a child, Plato loved to read Marvel comic books and curated quite a collection over the years. While in Augusta, he enjoyed spending time with his childhood friend, Jerry Smith, who also shared his passion for comics. In 1969, he graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. After graduation, he returned to Newport, Arkansas where he met life-long friends Purnell Henderson, Wendell Tollerson, Jerry Brandon, Oliver Dillingham, LeRoy Mansko. In 1971, Plato relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas and enrolled in Philander Smith College where he began his pursuits of a degree in Criminal Justice. To finance his college education, Plato gained employment at Burger King Restaurant as an assistant manager. This job afforded him the opportunity to, not only pay his tuition, but also to hire the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Phillips. As a family, we often joked that they fell in love over a Whopper (Burger King’s claim to fame). On October 21, 1972 they were married in Hermitage, Arkansas. On November 16,1975, they welcomed their first child, Persephone Evonda Barnett and their youngest child, Angela Donyll Barnett, on July 11, 1979. After working full time job during the day at A. O. Smith Inland and going to school part-time at night, Plato achieved one of his life-long dreams and graduated, with honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s Degree in psychology and master’s Degree in criminal justice. After, 17 years of diligence and commitment, Plato retired from his job at A.O. Smith Inland and successfully gained employment for the State of Arkansas as Research Specialist for the Department of Community Punishment. Plato was promoted as the Accreditation Administrator for the Arkansas Department of Community Punishment. In conjunction with this job, Plato was also employed as an ACA National Auditor Chairperson and traveled regularly to ensure compliance in community correctional facilities around the United States. In 2014, after 23 years of service, Plato retired from the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and received the Eagle Award for Outstanding Service. Plato retired in Mt. Dora, Florida. Plato served as the Barnett Family Historian where he spent multiple years researching his family history and creating a historical account of the family lineage, as well as helping other family members understand the lineage within the Barnett Family. Plato was also faithful servant of God and he served as a deacon, sound engineer, “Big Brother” mentor, as well as, multiple other ministries at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for 24 years. Plato has accomplished many things in his career, church and community. However, to all of us that love and adore him, his greatest legacy will always be his role as husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by parents Plato Barnett, Sr. and Willie Ella McGhee Barnett. He was also preceded in death by his brother Sidney Wingfield and God-son Martin Henderson. Left to keep his memories alive and to remember him with love is his wife of 47 years, Mary Barnett; daughters Persephone Barnett and Angela Barnett (Tony); sisters Jacquelyn BarnettCones (Kenneth) and Vanessa Barnett-Livingston (Aaron). Plato’s legacy also lives on with his grandchildren: Ebone Nicole Forbes-Amaro (daughter of Tony Forbes), Alexis McKinlei Forbes, Ashlin Kennedy Forbes, and Alec Jordan Forbes (who are the children of Angela Barnett-Forbes and Tony Curtis Forbes). He is also survived by his aunts: Mable Pryor and Ann Eutsey, his uncle Elvin McGhee and a host of nieces and nephews: Sean Anthony White, Kimberly Cherisse Cones, Kenneth Christopher Cones III, Kendall Corbin Cones, Aaron Livingston Jr., Amber Livingston, Terrence Barnett. Other survivors include his niece Pretrescia Grubbs and God-children: Yendel Jones, Tara Jones, London Johnson, Julian Frederick Johnson, II. He is survived and loved by a host of other loving family and friends.
Julius Zewalk Jr. 76, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020. Julius was born on June 8, 1943 in Okmulgee, OK. He was born to Edna Mae Johnson and Julius C. Zewalk Sr. He loved the Lord and spent most of his time being a Servant helping out anyone who needed a helping hand. He attended Johnson County Church of Christ of Shawnee, KS, where he was very active and held several positions. He was a hardworking man, retiring after 42 years at Fairbanks Morse. (Pentair Pump) of Kansas City, KS where he was a welder. Julius was an avid bowler and sponsor of 2 leagues; The Twosome at AMF Pro Bowl, North Kansas City, MO; and The Monday Night Mixers at College Lanes, Overland Park, KS. He enjoyed life and loved spending time with family and traveling the world.
Julius was preceded in death by his mother Edna Mae Johnson, father Julius C. Zewalk Sr., brothers Walter Earl Zewalk, Michael D. Zewalk Sr., sister Claudine Zewalk, paternal grandmother Viola Zewalk, step mother Martha Zewalk, daughters Cynthia M. Zewalk, Sharron M. Cooper and grandson Charles Francis Cooper III.
He is survived by his wife Barbara J. Zewalk, acquired 3 sons; Andrew. J. Taylor II (Wanda) of Omaha, NE, Anthony L. Taylor (Angie) of Omaha, NE, Bobby Derrick Taylor (Jennifer) of Basehor, KS, 3 daughters; Shelly Ambler of Shawnee, KS, Karon M. Ellington of Jonesboro, GA, Julie A. Zewalk of Kansas City, KS with Fannie Gay of Kansas City, KS, brothers Jimmy Lee Zewalk (Opal) of Tulsa, OK, Larry J. Zewalk of Kansas City, MO, Darryl A. Zewalk Sr (Patricia) of Kansas City, KS, sisters; Johnnie Mae Freeman (Floyd) of Kansas City, KS, Vida Bolen (Harold) of Kansas City, MO, Juanita L. Zewalk of Paris, TX, Barbara J. Jackson ( Elder Ronnie Jackson) of Kansas City, MO, Debra D. Young (Pastor Edward J. Young) of Forney, TX; and a host of grandkids, great grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends.
Theodore (Ted) Scott Jr., 68, passed away from this life Monday, March 22 after a brief illness. Ted, fondly known as Junior by his family, was born August 9, 1952 in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, to Joann and Theodore Scott Sr. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charles Jones, Curtis Scott and Eric Scott. Ted was baptized at John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Muskegon.
Ted lived every day with zest. He arose early to run eight miles and to bike eight more before starting work. He completed several marathons and was preparing for another prior to his illness. He was a voracious reader and had consumed the day’s news well before heading for a run.
He did not spend much time worrying about the past or taking himself too seriously. He lived in the present with enthusiasm for his beloved family. He leaves behind his wife, Teresa; sons Theodore (Jene) Baldwin and Evan Scott; grandchildren, Kyle Foster and Cameron Baldwin; sisters Phyllis Tolbert, Gail (Charles) Anderson, Toni Scott and many nephews and nieces to cherish memories of his thoughtfulness, pranks and jokes, wrestling, tickling and the adventures of “Palupio.”
Ted returned to the Michigan shoreline each summer with his sons, grandsons, nephews, nieces and anyone who was eager to join him for a hike up the sand dunes, a ride in a dune buggy and a splash in Lake Michigan. Ted enjoyed listening to Blues, a passion he gained from his father, and Rap with his sons. He loved the pure simplicity of living life whether it was a favorite holiday meal, a conversation with an old friend or taking a long road trip with his family.
Ted practiced law for 36 years in Columbus. He graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in political science and education; he earned a master’s degree in public policy from Bucknell University followed by a Juris Doctor degree at Howard University. Practicing law was “pure joy” for Ted. He eagerly looked forward to his next trial and the art of the argument. Ted became animated when talking about law and always said, “It’s simply using common sense.”
Before establishing his private practice, he was an attorney in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and later a partner with the law firm, Emens, Hurd, Kegler, Brown in Columbus. Previous positions were with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C.; the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act program in Chicago, and municipal government in Muskegon. Over the years, Ted managed several local political campaigns and had served on a number of local non-profit boards.
Ted was bold, analytical, persistent and always calm under pressure. Although his last race was unexpected, he approached it bravely and with strength. He crossed the final finish line with serenity, acceptance and grace. He and his easy smile will be forever missed and loved.
Terrance Barnett wa born in Oceanside California. He was the son of Terrance R. Barnett and Martina Bernedette Starace. Terrance was the 4th great grand son of Samuel Prince Barnett. His last know place of residency was California, USA
Erma J. Langford was born to Zebedee Phillips and Bernadean Phillips in Okmulgee County Oklahoma on April 2, 1944. She is preceded in death by her mother, Bernadean Phillips and her brothers, Lonnie and Jimmy Phillips.
Erma was a homemaker and worked for TRW Electronics for 14 years. She was a faithful member of Lakeside Church of Christ, she loved the Lord and faithfully studied the Holy Bible daily.
She leaves to cherish her Legacy, her father, Zebedee Phillips of Wichita, KS; her sons, Robert Langford Jr., Marlon Langford both of Colorado Springs, CO; her daughters, Yolanda Allen, Sherry Henderson both of Colorado Springs, CO, Yvette Langford, Yvonne Langford both of Dallas, TX; her brothers, Wilbert Phillips, Zebedee Phillips Jr., Larry Phillips, all of Wichita, KS, Donnie Phillips of Dallas, TX; her sisters, Gloria Phillips of Dallas, TX, Louise Phillips, Carol Phillips both of Wichita, KS; 21 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will truly missed and always loved.
Elizabeth Samuels was called home on June 25th, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital Muskogee at 10:24 am. Born in Oktaha on December 23, 1926, she was the sixth child born to Ulysses Simpson and Elnora (Phillips) Barnett. She attended school in the area and was promoted to the ninth grade. She left school to help the family with chores around the home. Elizabeth met and married Rudolph Thomas Davis (RT) and to that union two children were born, Jimmy Phillip Davis and Emma La Rue Davis, who proceeded her in death.
She later met and married Thadis L Samuels. Thadis and Elizabeth would become successful entrepreneurs opening several businesses. They would raise La Rhonda Elizabeth Witherspoon as their own. Elizabeth loved her God, traveling, and her family. She was a fearless God-fearing woman with a heart of gold. Elizabeth spent time in North Carolina, Chicago, Tulsa, and Minnesota while enjoying family. She often mentioned visits by Felix Jones and Vivian (Jones) Ward as a blessing.
Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, siblings, and Jimmy and La Rue.
Elizabeth is survived by La Rhonda (Wayne) Witherspoon of Virginia, Toña Steadman of North Carolina, Craig Steadman of New Mexico, Darla and Diane (Samuels) of New Mexico, Jamila of Ohio, Saab and Rasheeda of North Carolina, Enrico Samuels, and a host of great grands, great great grands, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. She closes the 3rd generation for the Barnett family.
The home going service for Elizabeth Samuels was held at St. Mark Baptist church,1020 S. 2nd St. Muskogee, Okla. 77401 Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11 am
Rosaetta “Nana” Mays Jackson died peacefully on 4 March 2018 at Lowry Hills in Aurora, Colorado at the age of 73.
Rosaetta is survived by her sons, Charles Gaines (Jackie Ward-Gaines) of Colorado and Paul Gaines (Zsa’nee Gaines) of Colorado and siblings, Calvin Mays Jr of Michigan, Shirley Shaw of Michigan, and Olivia Patrick (Joseph Patrick) of Michigan, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother Leola Mays and husband Ethelbert Jackson of Colorado and sister Vivian Lackey of Michigan and brother Ned Mays of Michigan.
Mr. Prince Albert Jones (75), a resident of Mathews, AL transitioned this life on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Harvest Church of Christ (Dr. Rodney Comer, Minister), 4701 Virginia Loop Road., Montgomery, AL with Bro. Norris Harris of the Western Blvd. Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Gilmer Cemetery in Pike Road, AL. Prince leaves to cherish his memory, his children: Cynthia Michelle Jones, M.D. (Donald) Thomas, Patterson, NJ; Cassandra LaFaye Jones-McBryde (Corey Derico), Detroit, MI; Princess Latasha (Gregor Duval) Currence, Chicago, IL; and Connie Griffin, Madisonville, LA; four grandchildren: Domari Simone Thomas, Gabrielle Mikeyla Currence, Shani Griffin and Malik Griffin; nine sisters and brothers: Prince Ella Jones Putmon, Atlanta, GA; Stanford (Shirley) Jones, Montgomery, AL; Areana Jones Doughty, Fort Gaines, GA; Ernestine Jones, Falls Church, VA; Wilbert (Minnie) Jones, Mathews, AL; Patricia (Roosevelt) Bradley, Montgomery, AL; Eugene (Mertis) Jones, Bellflower, CA; and Marilyn Jones Stamps and Richard (Shirley) Jones both of Montgomery, AL; two brothers-in-law: Napoleon Culver, Abbeville, AL; and Carlton James, Guyana, South America; one aunt, Mary Louise Jones, Detroit, MI; one sister-in-law, Bertha Jones, Montgomery, AL; his church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors, cousins, including a devoted cousin, Ida Mae Davis (Doll Baby), and loving friends in Canada, Michigan, Alabama and other parts of the United States. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10:00 a.m. until funeral hour.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2018
Randy DeShea Gray Jr. died on September 25, 2017. Randy was the great grandson of Theophilus Barnett Sr. Theophilus Barnet Sr. was the son of Samuel Prince Barnett, who was the son of Cassandra Barnett. Randy was the Father of Randy III, Ryan and Randee Nicole Gray. We pray that God’s Grace give the family strength during this difficult time. Family, I’m so sorry to have to bring you such sad news but I hope to be able to speak to you about happier events, the next time you hear from me.
Maxine Cecil Rex Barnett passed on September 22, 2017. Maxine Barnett was the spouse of Ulysess S. Barnett, Jr.She was also the proud Mother of Eutricia Ann Barnett, Kenneth Charles Barnett, Rhonda L. Cumby and Darryl Blanchard.We are praying the family finds comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time and family please know, her history is our history.
Vivian B Mays was the daughter of Calvin Mays Jr. and Leola Princess Barnett. Leola Princess Barnett was the daughter of Walter James Barnett and Bassabener Carr. Vivian was also the great granddaughter of Samuel Prince Barnett and Aggie Ellis. Vivian's last known place of residency was Detroit Michigan.