Barnett, Edward Wayne


Edward Wayne Barnett, 59, of Fincastle died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born on April 18, 1950 in Botetourt County. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Edward Warren Barnett and Ianthia Girty Barnett; his parents, Howard Edward and Flora Jackson Barnett; his sister, Betty Lou Barnett Smith; and his brother-in-law, Edgar James Smith. Surviving are his sister, Judith Carolyn Barnett, Fincastle; his nieces, Commander Elissa Janena Smith, Alexandria, and Erin Jannette Smith, Roanoke, and the extended Barnett and Girty family. Eddie attended Academy Hill School, Central Academy School and James River High School. He was the first African-American student to attend James River High School in 1966. He graduated in 1968 as salutatorian of his class.

Eddie received his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. During his time at UVA, he worked the summers at Lone Star Cement Plant (now Roanoke Cement Coy). He received a Master’s Degree from the Harvard School of Design in Boston, Mass. In 1973 he was named a Walter F. Bogner Scholar in Architecture.

Before joining the Peace Corps, where he spent two years as a volunteer in Ghana, West Africa where he served as the architect for the city of Accra, he worked for Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern. When he returned from Africa, he went to work for Ellis, Ricket & Associates in Valdosta, Ga., where he became an associate of that firm.

He has worked for firms in Beckley, W.Va. and Richmond, before returning home to start his own firm, Barnett Company. Eddie has worked the past few years with RRMM in Roanoke as an architect and was working there when he became ill. He was a member of Lily of the Valley Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, led by the Rev. Richard Ronk, at Rader Funeral Home Chapel, Daleville. Interment was in the Lily of the Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fincastle Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 605, Fincastle, 24090 or Fincastle Fire Department, Fincastle, 24090.

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  • I was so sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing.. Seemed like a real nice young man and a talented architect. I graduated with him at James River High School. My sypathies go to the remaining family members.. God bless

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