Ethel Gunn Barnhart - (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel Gunn Whaley Barnhart, 101, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Funeral services for Mrs. Barnhart will be held at 11 AM Friday, January 22, 2010 at Mann Memorial United Methodist Church with the Reverends Brandon Fulmer and Roger Stone officiating. Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in- law. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the C. W. Edwards, Jr. Sunday School Class. Mrs. Barnhart was preceded in death by her husband C. M. Barnhart, Sr., three brothers, a sister and her daughter-in-law, Janice S. Whaley. Mrs. Gunn was born in Louisville, Georgia May 4, 1908 to the late Luther and Berdie Gunn. Mrs. Barnhart was a lifelong resident of Augusta and had been a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church and Sunday School Classes since 1942. She was active in the C. W. Edwards, Jr. Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women's Joy Group, a member of the Choir and Handbell Ensemble and was on the Administrative Board of the Church. She graduated from Tubman High School in 1927 and was active in the Tubman High Alumnae Association. She worked at Bayvale Elementary School for 17 years and was a member of the Richmond County Retired Personnel. She was a member of the Bayvale, Burch Grand and later, the Betty Lamp Homemakers Organizations. She was a member of the Columbia Council #21 Daughters of America; The United Transportation Railroad Auxiliary and a member of The Red Hat Society. She is the beloved mother of Curtis E. Whaley of Gulf Breeze, Florida and C. M. "Butch" Barnhart, Jr. and his wife AnnaBell of Irmo, SC; seven grandchildren, Sandy W. (Rick) DuVall of Powder Springs, GA, Crystal B. (Scott) Strickland of Vidalia, GA, Eddie (Tammy) Whaley of Newnan, GA, James P. (Dawn) Massalou of Irmo, SC, Steven (Leslie) Whaley of Acworth, GA, Clarence "Clay" A. (Heather) Barnhart, of Irmo, SC and AnnaBell B. (Drew) Buchanan of Rock Hill, SC; nine great grandchildren and a friend, Judy Jordan Hoekler. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Mann Memorial United Methodist Church, 2705 Milledgeville Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 5-7 PM at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, Georgia. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-January 21, 2010