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Sonja Lakin Barnett, retired and distinguished educator, transitioned peacefully into eternal life on Monday, November 6, 2017 at her home in Gastonia, North Carolina.  She was a faithful member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Gastonia, North Carolina.

Sonja was born on January 10, 1940 in Florence, South Carolina.  She was the only child of the late Bennie D. Lakin and Mattie Temple Tatum Lakin.  Sonja graduated from Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She worked in the Gaston County School System for thirty years as a certified teacher.  While teaching, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  She was a respected educator who loved teaching children and seeing them excel.  After retiring from the school system, Sonja opened her own business, Attie Belle Liles Teacher Concern Center in 1994.  While working with students and their family, her motto was “Let’s Work Together and Help Your Child Excel.”

Sonja was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and she loved to include the colors, “Crimson and Cream” in her clothing attire.  She loved life, family and friends.  In embracing life, she loved flowers and bright colors.

To cherish her memories, Sonja leaves a daughter, Lesley Brown (Tony) of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Trey, Trent and Joshua Brown all of Atlanta, GA; a multitude of other treasured relatives, friends, students and colleagues. 

Funeral Arrangement

Tabernacle Baptist Church
519 West 19th Avenue
Gastonia, N.C.  28052

Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 1:30 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(1:00 until 1:30 P.M.)

Gaston Memorial Park
1200 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia,  N.C.  28052

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  • Monday, November 06, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your love one. Phil 4:6, 7 will help you receive the peace of God. John 5:28, 29 assures Jesus will restore life to those who has died. These are wonderful blessings to look forward to knowing your loved one is in God's memory. Hope this thought brings comfort.
    ~ Ms Allison   Durham, NC
  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    Please accept my sincere regrets for your loss. Death is never easy to have to deal with. The bible does provide us with comfort and hope in times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~ Lisa L
  • Thursday, November 09, 2017
    Sonja taught with my husband(now deceased)at New Hope and was a friend of mine as well. I extend my sympathy to her daughter that she loved dearly.
    ~ Sarah Helton   Gastonia, NC
  • Friday, November 10, 2017
    Praying that the God of all Comfort be with you all during this your time of loss. All of our love we send to you. The Brewer, Thomas and Maria
    ~ Minister Maria Brown Brewer   CONCORD, NC
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    Please accept our deepest sympathy. It surely is a very difficult time; but we both hope you can find some comfort in the words of Psalms 34:18 which reads: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Yes, you can rely completely on our Loving God. He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29, Isaiah 55:11). Then death will be gone forever (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:3,4) Going online at JW.ORG, you will be able to find out more about this resurrection on earth and as well as videos. Why not find out for yourself.
    ~ R&R Lopez