Janie Barrett

Janie Bee Barrett

Monday, December 27th, 1943 - Thursday, December 10th, 2020
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Janie Bee Barrett, 76, of Benton Harbor passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at The Timbers of Cass County, Dowagiac.

Janie was born December 27, 1943 to Solomon Cooper and Dora Mae Ross in Hayti, Missouri. At age four, she moved to Benton Harbor. She accepted the Lord as her savior at an early age. She married Charlie Barrett a WWII Veteran March 18, 1964 and he preceded her in death on July 18, 1971. She always said she would get her GED before her youngest son graduated from high school and she proudly received it weeks before in 1990. She worked at numerous jobs in the agricultural, construction, and food service industry working night shifts to see her kids off to school each morning. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing solitaire, saving animals (pet turtle-Stevie) and most of all family time.

Janie was a kind, compassionate, fearless and gentle soul who lived her life as a testimony to Christian principles and values. She will be remembered for being a loving, dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who gave her all for her family. She will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts.

She is survived by eight children: Sons - Willie (Cathelene) Campbell-Barrett of Garland, Texas; Charles Barrett of Hobart, Indiana; Christopher Barrett and Cecil Barrett of Benton Harbor. Daughters - Carol (Alton) Phillips Sr. of Greensboro, North Carolina; Connie Barrett, Sandra Barrett, and Cindy (Joseph) Taylor of Benton Harbor. Thirteen grandchildren: Crystal Poole, Alton (Chanel) Phillips Jr., Dezire Becke, Dejuan Becke, Charles Poole, Constance McCoy, Jonathan Campbell, Brittany Phillips, Corey Isom, Joseph Taylor Jr., Jordan Phillips, Joshawn Taylor, Lakesha (Kenneth) Sindle and 18 great- grandchildren as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Janie was preceded in death by her parents Solomon Cooper and Dora Mae Ross, son Jerry Barrett, adoptive parents Walter (Geneva) Campbell Sr., brother Theodore Cooper, Uncle Thomas (Hessie) Ross, and special friend Ernest McCall.

She is survived by her brothers Lonzo (Lucinda) Boykin of Chicago, Illinois and Walter Campbell Jr. of Battle Creek, sister Mertha J. Shoat of Independence, Kansas, and God sisters Hazel (Joseph) Griffin Sr. and Margaret Batiest of Benton Harbor. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at The Timbers of Cass County for their love and support.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at Friends may visit with family from noon to 1:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. The service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow immediately after at Crystal Springs Cemetery. A repass will not be held at this time.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Tricia Ware

Posted at 01:07pm
Barrett family, Praying for your strength during this time of bereavement. Love you! Trish Ware & Poole family.
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Posted at 11:48am
To My dear friend Carol and your family. My heart and prayers are with you as you go through this painful loss. With deepest sympathy. Alice Gallimore
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Brenda Terrell

Posted at 09:31pm
Cecil and family we extend our Sincerest condolences. Your mom was a very kind and loving person. May God give you all strength and comfort you.

Leamon and Brenda Terrell

Josephine Smith

Posted at 02:08pm
With heartfelt sympathy to Janie Bee's family. It was always a pleasure whenever we would see each other. God bless her family.

Georgia Ann Moss

Posted at 02:27pm
Comfort Holy Spirit to the Barrett Family.
Georgia Ann Moss, Muskegon, MI

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