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In Loving Memory of Larry Darnell Barnett, affectionately known as "Whitty-Son"
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved Larry Darnell Barnett, born on November 1, 1950, to William Barnett and Ethel Whittaker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Larry was also fortunate to have been raised by his cherished bonus father, Zettie “Zeal” Shaw. Larry's journey through life was marked by exceptional achievements and unwavering dedication.
Larry's brilliance as an athlete shone brightly as he excelled in track and field, earning numerous medals and accolades. His pursuit of excellence extended beyond the track, leading him to enlist in the military shortly after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1969. In 1973, he received an honorable First Class discharge, proudly adorned with a Vietnam medal, a testament to his bravery and unwavering commitment as a Veteran.
Over four decades ago, Larry made Seattle, Washington his home, where he established himself as a master of upholstery. His unique talent breathed new life into worn pieces, transforming them into exquisite works of art. For many years, he ran a successful upholstery business, leaving an indelible mark on the community until his well-deserved retirement.
Larry was not only a skilled artisan but also a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, loving son, cherished uncle, and an avid Seahawks fan. He had an immense love for his family and could often be found listening to jazz and R&B, sharing laughter and engaging in meaningful conversations. Whitty-Son was an enthusiastic entertainer, and his passion for cooking was undeniable. He often graced the kitchen, preparing delicious soul food meals from the heart for his family and friends. The nickname "Whitty-Son" was lovingly bestowed upon him by his first cousin, Dwight Overstreet, an 8th-degree black belt. Larry, in turn, called Dwight "Ninja," and the nickname "Whitty-Son" stuck like glue. Above all, Larry knew he was deeply loved and was an integral part of his large family and community of friends.
Larry's memory will forever be cherished by a multitude of family members and friends whose lives he enriched with his warmth, wisdom, and boundless generosity. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ethel Shaw; his son, Antonio Marco Barnett; his daughter, Felicia Thompson; his son, Derrick Farrow; his brother, Kenneth Pierce; his sisters, Brinder Barnett-Reagor (Billy), Lynda Barnett-McDonald (Marvin), and Barbara Barnett-Akinosi; his grandchildren, Ta’Misen Balfour and Dylan Farrow; and his great-grandchild, Zaiden Williams.
Larry was preceded in death by his fathers, William Barnett and Zettie Shaw, and his brother, James Todd "Diddy Boy."
A Homegoing Repass Celebration, to honor the remarkable life of Larry Darnell Barnett, will take place on Friday, October 13, 2023, at the Ramada Inn, 12600 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178.
Larry Darnell Barnett, known as "Whitty-Son," will forever shine brightly in our hearts, and his memory will live on through the stories and love we share amongst us.