Margaret Pittman Barnhart, 86

May 18, 2010
  • Margaret Pittman Barnhart, 86

JUNE 9, 1923-MAY 15, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Margaret Pittman Barnhart, 86, of Martinsburg, went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2010, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.

She was born June 9, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., to the Rev. James L. and Minnie Rice Pittman.

She was a graduate of Hedgesville High School in 1941.

She married J. Everett Barnhart Sr. on July 25, 1941, and enjoyed 68 1/2 years until his passing on Dec. 20, 2009.

She retired from Consolidated Freightways in 1978. She became associated with her son, Roger, at Barnhart's Supermarkets.

She was an active member of Bethel Assembly of God Church, and served in many Sunday school and church offices over a period of 50 years. She also was the first secretary hired to serve the pastor at the church.

She is survived by one daughter, Mildred Strickland, and her husband, Merrill, of Hernando, Fla.; three sons, Roger and his wife, Shirley, of Martinsburg, Joseph and his wife, Pam, of Lenexa, Kansas, and J. Everett Jr. and his wife, Colleen, of Martinsburg; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons. She is also survived by three sisters, Anna Lloyd of Marlowe, W.Va., Betty Bowers of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Ruth Abbott of Rockford, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and a very special lifelong dear friend, Pansy Morrison of Martinsburg.


She was preceded in death by one brother, the Rev. Joseph Pittman; and one sister, Goldie Canby.

Services will be Friday, May 21, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Assembly of God Church, Martinsburg, with the Rev. Ralph Campbell, the Rev. Arnold Brown, the Rev. Steve Strickland and the Rev. Barbara Spies officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Brown Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bethel Assembly of God Building Fund, 2010 Tavern Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401; or to Martinsburg Rescue Mission, 602 W. King St., Martinsburg, WV 25401.

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