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James Barrett, 89 of Corning, Ohio went home to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully in his sleep at his residence in Corning on January 27, 2018.
Born on July 4, 1928 to first generation immigrants from Hungary alongside a big beautiful family of siblings.
Daddy is preceded in death by his parents, James and Teresa Barkey Barrett and siblings; only brother, Joseph Barrett and sisters, Julia, Geneva, Esther, Rosie, Mary, Liz, Blanche; special sister and brother-in-law, Bob & Eileen Stickdorn.
He is survived by sisters, Irene Toth of Corning and Margaret Mingus of Pickerington; special brother-in-law, John William Gossman of Arkansas; many, many special nieces and nephews.
At a young age in Corning, it was there that he discovered his passion for music. Daddy was a self-taught guitarist and singer. Also, at a very young age joined his father and uncles working in the underground coalmines.
However, nothing impacted him more as to meet and fall in love with his wife. He married in 1950, to the love of his life, our mother, Elizabeth Joanne (Gossman) Barrett or “Joey” as he liked to call her.
Their lovely union was born six children, all of whom resides in Columbus, Theresa (Bill) Charlton, Carol Marcum (Tom), James (Cheryl) Barrett, Lisa M. (Brian) Colborn, Sandy Barrett and John William Barrett (Lanika). Ten grandchildren, grandsons are Jimmy, Adam, James, Joseph and Sean; granddaughters are Deena, Rhonda, Nichole, Samantha, Tiffany and 13 great-grandchildren.
As the coalmines began to slow, Dad went to work for the railroad then relocated his family to Columbus, Ohio where he eventually settled on Beulah Road and began working for Lowendick & Sons.
He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #463 in Corning and also Aerie #2252 in Columbus, where for many years mom & dad became the main Country & Western Musical attraction on the weekends.
After the love of his life passed away in 2008, daddy relocated back to Corning to be near her; all the while enjoying his community service as the Mayor of Corning.
Calling hours will be held from 10 am to 1 pm with Eagles services at 1 pm followed by the funeral service with Reverend John Kay officiating on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Roberts-Winegardner Funeral Home, 304 Mill Street, New Lexington.
Interment will be in Millertown-Oakwood Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to the love of his life whom he has missed immensely since 2008.
Please, afterward, all in attendance are welcome to join the family at the Corning Eagles for refreshment and food.