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John Douglas Barrett, 84, died peacefully in his home in Newport News on Friday, July 16, 2021. John was born in Irvine County, Kentucky in January of 1937 bringing in the New Year with excitement. From an early age, John worked with his father and learned the value of an honest day’s work. John met the girl of his dreams, Winnie Marie, at a church dance. They married in 1954 at the tender age of 17. In 1963, they relocated to Newport News, Virginia where John began a successful career as a Master Drywall Contractor. This career allowed him to provide for his wife and their seven children. In 1994, John and Winnie purchased their forever home. This is where they enjoyed a peaceful retirement in Denbigh. John was an avid hunter and enjoyed all outdoor activities. He was known as a true Mountain Man and was affectionately known as “Big John”. John was a born entertainer and he always had a joke to tell and could put a smile on your face. By far, his most enjoyable activity was playing the guitar for his family and friends throughout the years. He took center stage in his custom-built Gazebo appropriately known as “Big John’s Place”. If the fish was frying and the music was playing, John was a happy man! John liked to think of himself as not only a fantastic driver, but also a rebel! He claimed that this fact was proven when he was able to get by without a valid driver’s license for 25 years and never received a ticket.

John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Winnie Marie Barrett; his parents, Willie and Flora Barrett; his sisters, Mary Frances, Bertha, Freda Mae “Dell” and Glenn; his daughter, Marilyn Colleen Caldwell; his great-granddaughter, Taylor Marie Dorset; his son-in-law, Robert Marti.

John is survived by his brother, Bill of Austin, Texas; his sister, Dela May of Chicago, Illinois; his daughters, Phyllis (James) Gwynn of Gloucester, Rose (Jerry) Brandt of Newport News, Donna Marti of Hampton, Shannon (Terry) Joyce of Gloucester; his sons, John D. Barrett II (Elizabeth) of Gloucester and Raymond (Linda) Barrett of Evansville, Indiana; his 14 grandchildren: April, Jesse-John, Tonie, David (Bubba), Billy, Daniel, Chrystal, John Douglas III, Matthew, Bruce, Amanda, David, Teresita and Laura, as well as their respective spouses and children.  He will be remembered by his wonderful neighbors who over the years have become like family to him.

The family would like to give a special thank you to John’s daughter, Donna. She has spent the last few years making sure he had everything he wanted and needed. This included his favorite Vanilla ice cream, fresh Buttermilk in the fridge, a pot of beans on the stove and fresh cornbread in the oven.

They want to thank everyone who has reached out with condolences. A private memorial service for the family will be held at a later date. They encourage everyone to consider posting fond memories on the website of Weymouth Funeral Home of Newport News.

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#10 Rose Brandt 2021-07-29 14:56
Where do I begin? Daddy, you truly were one of a kind. I'm going to miss the way you stood your ground by not letting anyone cuss or tell dirty jokes in front of the women in your life. You and I had a special relationship. You were my "Ol Bear", and I was your "General". We could be in a yelling match with each other and twenty minutes later be drinking a beer together, laughing like nothing ever happend. I will always cherish the memories. Love you Daddy.
#9 April Dempsey 2021-07-26 22:34
Well grandpa you finally made back to grandma. I imagine the reunion was amazing and I’m sure she is so proud of how her 3 girls took such great care of you. We miss you being here with us, telling us jokes, playing your guitar and let’s not forget the amazing cook outs. Until we are all together again please know we love and miss you.
#8 Tonie Dorset 2021-07-24 14:24
Papaw I already miss you so much. The conversations, the jokes, stories, the singing. I even miss the way you would try to be so sneaky. You always thought you had one up on Donna or mom, but they were always on to you. I am grateful for the years that I got to be your "secretary". We bonded in a way I never thought was possible because I thought you were always going to be a grouch, but you weren't towards me. I know our relationship made grandma smile down on us. I'll forever miss you
#7 Phyllis Gwynn 2021-07-24 13:59
So it goes, Dad I have been praying for a sign that you are with momma , I got your sign yesterday and now my heart is at peace❤️I hope you have a guitar and playing Merel Haggard and Johnny Cash for Marilyn, Taylor, Robert, Gerald and Harold are singing with you I love you DADDY ♥️♥️
#6 Tracey Johnson 2021-07-23 18:51
Wow…. Where to begin. Although I never married “in to” the family, I am his Grand daughters mother. He was indeed quite an Entertainer indeed. We Definitely had our ups and downs, but I will Never forget him. My consultancies to the family. I will pray for each of you !
#5 Donna Marti 2021-07-23 12:08
After our mother passed away in 2010, my two sisters and I acted as caregivers to our father. In 2020, I moved in to take care of him as his health declined. I knew that we did not have much time left so I wanted to ensure that he had everything he wanted and needed. Even though his passing was inevitable, it was still a shock when the time came. As I sit here packing up his home I can hear his voice in my head “I knew that I could count on you to follow through with my final wishes”. I find myself a little lost in this house without him, but I know he will help me find my way. I will miss him daily and carry him with me in my heart always. He will never be forgotten. Be at peace Dad.
#4 Teresita Akers 2021-07-23 00:43
You will be missed PawPaw. Keep them laughing up there and give Grandma a big hug and kiss for us!!
#3 John Anderson 2021-07-21 12:08
What a guy! Had the pleasure of meeting John, quite entertaining indeed!
#2 Roger and Connie Car 2021-07-21 02:47
We are so sorry for your loss. JD was a cousin. I meet Raymond at Aunt Glen funeral. The joke telling runs in the family. Cousin Bill Barrett Love to tell jokes. My email is . We want to do a family reunion if Bill comes in to Rockport In. I have no way of getting in touch with Raymond to let anyone. Love, Hugs and Prayers
#1 Phyllis Gwynn 2021-07-20 21:46
Love you Daddy. Missing. You. s Gwynn
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