John Barrett

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 1, 2009

John C. Barrett
RICHMOND—John Christopher “Chris” Barrett died June 27, 2009. He died peacefully with family members and life partner at his bedside at his home.
Mr. Barrett was the son of the late William H. Barrett and EdaLane Barrett of Carrsville.
He was an exceptionally gentle and kind person and was a caring friend to all who met him.
He was a devoted partner to Edmond Turner and lived and worked in Richmond for more than 20 years.
Although confined to a wheelchair, he led a full life that included his work for Virginia Commonwealth University and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He wrote extensive articles that were published in professional journals about “How to be an Effective Workplace Assistant.” He loved to travel and socialize with his many friends.
He also loved the beach and the “Dallas Cowboys.”
Those that knew him best admired his intellect, wry sense of humor, spirituality and his full acceptance of the life given to him. He will truly be missed by all.
Survivors include his life partner Edmond Turner of Richmond; a brother and sister-in-law, Anthony W. Barrett and Angelina Barrett of Fredericksburg; a sister, Manara Anne Patterson of Carrsville; nieces, Amy M. Barrett, Christi A. Fore of Charleston, S.C.; and nephews Creighton R. Barrett of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Barrett Patterson of Carrsville.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Unity Church of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave., with the Rev. Dwight Smith and Rev. Dr. Thelma Smith officiating.
Following the memorial service a Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Joseph and Jeanne Wallace at 7700 Ardendale Road, Richmond.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Thomas Palliative Care Unit, VCU Massey Cancer Center in Richmond in memory of John Christopher Barrett.