Marion “Barney” Barnwell Memorial

Article from Mount Vernon Gazette written by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck

Colonel Marion “Barney” Barnwell, a longtime resident and community activist in the Mount Vernon District, passed suddenly last week and will be missed by the many people that he connected with and whose lives he touched.

I was incredibly saddened to learn of Barney’s passing. Our community has lost a considerate, kind, and true gentleman. Barney was one of the best and finest among us, one that I am deeply honored to have known and had the pleasure to work with for many years. His long and deep history of community involvement, volunteering at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, and served on the Fairfax County Human Services Council (to his last day) were well known, greatly valued, and appreciated by all of us.

Barney was a pillar in our community, volunteering at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in the Joint Replacement Division, where he has also served as Past President of the Auxiliary Board and as Parliamentarian. For over thirty years, Barney volunteered with Rebuilding Together, formerly Christmas in April; and at Fort Belvoir’s Main Chapel, as a Sunday school teacher and usher. He also volunteered with the Capital Area Food Bank for over twenty years, and with New Hope Housing, where he served as a Board Member, Treasurer, and Trustee. Barney has continued to serve on the Fairfax County Human Services Council since 2003. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. for over 60 years and was the Third District Representative (VA and DC Area) for four years.

Former Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland said: “What sad news — a more wonderful spirit would be hard to find. Such an unselfish person who showed his love for everyone in so many ways. Years ago, I appointed Colonel Barney to the Fairfax County Human Services Council where he served Mount Vernon conscientiously for many years. At Mount Vernon Hospital he was an extraordinary volunteer who always wore his heart on his sleeve and had a perpetual smile for every person he met. He was one of the gentlest and kindest persons I ever met. I will sorely miss him.”

In 2018, Barney was recognized as Lord Fairfax for his love of and dedication to our community. Barney had a “pay it forward” mentality every single day of his life. One example of this was the day he came into our office and said, “Every day I buy someone lunch, today it is your day,” smiling and handing one of our staffer's lunch money. Wherever Barney volunteered, he put people at ease with his familiar smile and kind face. His passion for helping others was unequivocal and inspiring. Barney’s beloved wife of many years, Jimmi, was a constant companion by his side, especially in later years.

Community leaders and selfless volunteers like Barney Barnwell are hard to come by and his passing has left an irreplaceable hole in our hearts and community. If you want to know more about Barney, see this 2018 Old Town Crier article highlighting his commitment to service and community: https://oldtowncrier.com/2017/11/01/barney-barnwell-is-passin-it-on/.

Marion “Barney” Barnwell

BROTHER MARION “BARNEY” BARNWELL | Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Member | 18TH THIRD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE “OMEGA CHAPTER”

Greetings,

The memorial service will be held virtually on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 4pm

The Zoom information is below. You can also use the link in the attached flyer.
Topic: Virtual Omega Memorial Service for Bro. Barnwell
Time: Apr 10, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Greetings,

I hope this message finds you all well today. I wanted to provide the latest information on our dearly departed Brother, Bro. Marion L. “Barney” Barnwell. All details in regards to Bro. Barnwell’s arrangements are below. All Brothers are welcome to attend the Wake/Viewing and the Virtual Omega Service that will be held. The plan is for PsiAA to perform a Virtual Omega Memorial Service on Saturday, April 3rd and then have an in-person Omega Memorial Service in the future at his interment at Arlington National Cemetery as that can take some time to get a date for interment.

Wake/Viewing
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 6pm – 8pm (family will be leaving at 7pm, but funeral home will continue to allow visitors)
Location: Greene Funeral Home, 814 Franklin Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Funeral
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 1pm
Attendance is limited because of COVID-19 restrictions. Invited guests have already been notified by the the family
The links to to use to stream the funeral service:
https://www.facebook.com/FortBelvoirRSO (Click on “Live” if you can’t find the video)

OR

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCXr3FBTuSzK4rv0iV97xg

Virtual Omega Memorial Service
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Time: TBD
Conducted by Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Family Request
For anyone who would like to give to the family: In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation be made to be made to the Jimmi and Barney Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Send all donations to:

Jimmi and Barney Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 90121
8588 Richmond Highway
Alexandria VA 22309

If you have any questions, please contact Psi Alpha Alpha Chaplain, Bro. Robert Smalls (psiaachaplain@gmail.com) or Psi Alpha Alpha Basileus, Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. (psiaabasileus@gmail.com)

Fraternally,

W.J. Williams, Jr.
1-2001-XZ
Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Brothers,

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Brother Marion “Barney” Barnwell, 18th Third District Representative, Xi Psi Chapter, 1955, South Carolina State College.

We shall miss this pillar of strength who was a trend setter, pioneer of Psi Alpha Alpha, and devotee to the uplifting of each Brother and a true friend.

Please keep the family uplifted and in prayer and please hold all calls and communications to the family at this time as they have requested some privacy during this time and information will be provided when appropriate.

More information forthcoming

Fraternally,

Brother W.J. Williams, Jr.
Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Omega Chapter-Former Grand Basileus Brother Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr.

It is with a heavy heart that we must share the sad news of the passing of a great man and a mighty tree in the Omega Forest.

Although Brother Dr. Moses C. Norman Sr. is no longer with us, his legacy will live on for the ages in the hearts and souls of all the people who had the pleasure of meeting or working with him. Brother Norman served three consecutive terms as Grand Basileus (1984-1990). He was first elected at the 1984 Louisville Grand Conclave. He entered Omega Psi Phi on December 13, 1954 through Beta Psi Chapter at Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia. Brother Norman held a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Management from Georgia State University. His three sons became Omega Men. May God rest his soul in peace and tranquillity.

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PsiAA’S 5K FUN RUN

Brothers,

Good evening. It was breezy today, but brothers still managed to have fun. As usual, the Immediate Past Basilieus ran his one mile and critiqued runners on their correct form. Bro. Wells tried his best to complete at least 12 laps. Bro’s Twigg, Caldwell, and Floyd were slow but steady. The Fashion Award went to Bro Immediate "Past Past” Basileus Bro Wyche, who managed to wear both Dallas Cowboys and Penn State paraphernalia. The highlight of the day was the sprint to the end that was won by Bro. Jason Foreman. In the end, fun was had by all.

Brother Kevin Williams
Chapter Reporter, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

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Achievement Week Banquet

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha and Eta Delta Delta Chapters of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Incorporated will host its Annual Achievement Week Banquet. The guest speaker is the Bishop Dr. Stacatto Powell, Grand Chaplain of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Entertainment will be provided by Brother Keith Wilson and two of our 2016 Talent Hunt participants Miss Arielle Brown and Mr Christopher Love.

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