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Donald Barnhill, Sr.
Donald Tommy Barnhill was born March 2, 1943 to James Andrew Barnhill and Launa Merl Cole Barnhill in Scotland County as a twin. He grew up on the farm and after retiring from driving a Trailways Bus, he worked various part time jobs but always returned to play in the dirt. Growing peas and sharing them with the community was a personal passion, even if his daughter Susan had to do most of the picking and shelling.
He was a courageous man who fought multiple battles against Cancer. Each time became more trying than the previous one but Donald was not someone to give up so easy. The last bout proved to be a formidable opponent and for a while, it looked like he would pull off another success. Unfortunately, the cancer had called in reinforcements and although he would not give in easily, God called him home to put an end to his suffering.
Preceded in death by his father James Andrew Barnhill, mother Launa Merl Cole, and brothers: James (Dinky) Andrew Barnhill, Jr, Herman Eugene Barnhill, twin Ronald Johnny Barnhill, and George Charles Barnhill.
He is survived by his wife Berlie Jane Blanks Barnhill, loving father to two daughters Felecia (& Harrington) Locklear, and Susan Barnhill, a son, Donald Tommy Barnhill, Jr., an exceptional grandfather to three grandchildren Ashley (& Nick) Blanks, Anthony Jay (& Brittney) Norton, and Jacoby Aaron (Faircloth) Barnhill and his friend Shoshawna Simmons, four great grandchildren Jayden Barnhill, Damien Norton, Kamron Norton and Bently Norton, two brothers: Joseph Manning (& JoAnn) Barnhill and Harold Ray (& Barbara) Barnhill, one sister: Edna Barnhill Kokochak and one sister-in-law SharonKay Henderson and a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Visitation will be held Saturday July 25, 2020 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls. As per Governor Cooper's executive order, be prepared to wear a face covering. A Graveside Funeral Service is scheduled for Sunday July 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at Ten Mile Center Baptist Church with the Reverend Bobby Carter officiating. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Donald Barnhill Sr. during this most difficult time. I pray that Gods caring and comforting presence will be bestowed upon you and help ease the pain of your loss.
Sheriff Burnis Wilkins Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM
You made sure my kids and me were ok after my parents passed away and it was just us. Love u more than u will ever know. RIP
Pam E Smith Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM
To the Barnhill family I am so sorry for the loss of Donald he was always a good man in our community always bringing by something from stuff out of the garden to eggs. He was a good man.
BEE Jul 23 2020 12:00 AM
Jane, My deepest condolences to you, Felicia, Susan, Tommy and your grandchildren. I understand the pain of losing a husband who happens to also be your friend. Its a double loss. If you need anything, do not hesitate to call, even if its only to talk about the memories we have of our loved one.
Gale Matthews Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM