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Thomas Lee Barnett was born on May 28, 1943 in York County, South  Carolina to the late  Robert Barnett Sr. and Pearla Ervin Barnett. Thomas was called home to be with the Lord peacefully on Tuesday,  April 3, 2018 at Belaire Health Care Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.
 
Thomas attended school in the York County school system in South Carolina, as well as   Gaston County Schools.  Thomas was employed by the City of  Gastonia as a utility worker and retired after thirty years of  service.  Thomas loved to fish, hangout on the hill, and  play Pinochle card game at their club house with the crew.
 
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters:  Lula Mae Kendrick, Dorethea Thomas, Ida Mae Barnett, and Mary E. Littlejohn;  three brothers:  John Barnett Sr., Joe Nathan Barnett, and Agusta Barnett.
 
He leaves to cherish precious memories one son:  Arnold James, one daughter:  Jacqueline James both of Gastonia, North Carolina, special godchildren whom Thomas loved and cherished; Doris Byrd, Lakida Byrd, and Tomacina Byrd, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is survived by seven sisters: Annie Mitchem (Dennis), Wilma Barnett, Belinda Barnette, Catherine McDowell, Brenda Mackins, Shirley Mackins all of Gastonia, North Carolina and Lillian Sharon Smart (Randy) of Greensboro, North Carolina, two sisters-in-law; Doris Barnett of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Linda Barnett of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, six brothers:  Robert Barnett Jr. (Priscilla), Phillip  Barnett, Charles Barnett (Linda), Isiah Mackins, Robert Mackins of Gastonia, North Carolina and Joseph Barnett (Gail) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral: Saturday; April 7, 2018; 1:00 p.m.; Mt. Calvary Baptist Church-408 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Gastonia

Visitation: thirty minutes before the service at the church

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  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Wednesday, April 04, 2018
    May you rest in peace Uncle Tommy Lee. You have many who were waiting for you. I take comfort knowing God has taken you home. May God bless the Barnett family.
    ~ Dr. Otis Floyd   Gastonia, NC
  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    To Randy Smart and family I pray the memories of Thomas and the love of family surround you all and give you strength in the days ahead. Love you all with the love of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus The Christ
    ~ Michael Davis   Rocky mount, NC
  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    To Randy Smart and family I pray the memories of Thomas and the love of family surround you all and give you strength in the days ahead. Love you all with the love of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus The Christ
    ~ Michael Davis   Rocky mount, NC
  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    To Randy Smart and family I pray the memories of Thomas and the love of family surround you all and give you strength in the days ahead. Love you all with the love of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus The Christ
    ~ Michael Davis   Rocky mount, NC
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    Death is never an easy thing to have to deal with. It is comforting, however to know that God's word the bible provides 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. This is especially comforting since we know this scripture has to be referring to the earth because these things don't exist in heaven.
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC