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George Willard Barnette

September 13, 1937 — May 15, 2022


George Willard Barnette

George Willard Barnette, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Alamance Regional Medical Center.  He was born on September 13, 1937 in Alamance County to the late Jacob George Barnette and Daisy Hensley Barnette, and was the husband of 62 years to Carolyn Steele Barnette who survives.

Willard retired after 42 years with Burlington Industries at the Williamsburg Plant.  He was a 1957 graduate of AO High School where he played baseball and earned a baseball scholarship to Elon.  His nickname in school was “Pro” because he enjoyed sports so much.  Willard enjoyed working in his yard, on lawnmowers for people, playing golf and formerly played with the Senior Golf League, and he was a member of First Baptist Church of Elon.

Survivors other than his wife, Carolyn include their son, Chip Barnette and wife Kristine; granddaughters whom he adored, Ellie and Vivienne; nieces, Crystal (Jack) Webster and Patricia (Clifford) Smith; and several other nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Jerry R. Steele; and sisters-in-law, Linda Thompson and Judy (Rick) Barnes. Willard was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Harold Eugene Barnette, James Hunter Barnette and Eula Lowe Doss.

The graveside service will be held at 11:00am Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Magnolia Cemetery by Rev. David Durham. The family will receive friends following the service. The public is invited to view and pay their respects on Wednesday May 18, 2022 at Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and other times at the residence.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Elon, P.O. Box 778, Elon, NC 27244.   You may sign the online register book at

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Past Services


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

12:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory

2205 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215

The pubic is invited to view and pay their respects on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 12 Noon to 5:00pm at Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Graveside Service

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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