David  Barnhart

David Bruce Barnhart

Monday, November 8th, 1948 - Friday, May 7th, 2021
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David Bruce Barnhart entered into rest on May 7, 2021 following a long illness. Though his days were diminished his energy to love, enjoy and build memories with his grandkids, family and friends never waned. David was the son of the late Clayton and Anne (Bunny) Barnhart. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Debra Massie Barnhart, son James Barnhart, daughter in law Amy, daughter Natalie Bigelow, son in law Troy, grandchildren Trevor and Taylor Bigelow all from Fairmont WV, brother Brian Barnhart of Mobile, AL and sister Kathy Law of Rutherfordton, NC.
David was a WVIT BSEE graduate, a charter member of Tech’s Tau Beta PI Engineering Honor Society and completed a five-year engineering study/co-op work program with Union Carbide. He was a member of the Army National Guard for 6 years and was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the 1975 NCO Class with a direct appointment to OCS. His career involved all facets of production and management of pulverized coal, hydroelectric, wind and water turbines. He held several positions with international companies ranging from Project Engineer, Dept Head, Superintendent, Senior Manager, General Manager, Elkem Metals Energy Coordinator NA and Director of Operations Mid America for Brookfield Renewable Energy Group. He was a member of the Bridgemont Board of Governors, Fayette County Building Commission, Adjunct Instructor Electrical Circuits, Certified Kepner-Tregoe Program Leader for Engineering Problem Solving and an energetic loyal member of the Collins High School Class of 1967. He loved travel and to design/build things with his hands. He leaves behind a legacy of family heirloom furniture, structures, church and community improvements, toys, picture books and memories, as you can easily ascertain if you visit his neighborhood, church, family homes of friends.
He had a strong faith in God which he shared with the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Hill where he served as Deacon, Elder and Treasurer for many years.
Most of all he was a family man cherished by his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family.
The visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church 250 Central Ave Oak Hill WV from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Nancy Martin officiating. Internment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jerry Massie, Brian Barnhart, Matthew Wender, Frank Aylor, Trevor Bigelow and Troy Bigelow.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Hill at 250 Central Ave Oak Hill, WV.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    First Presbyterian Church of Oak Hill
    Central Ave.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 11:00am
    First Presbyterian Church of Oak Hill
    Central Ave.
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  • Interment

    High Lawn Memorial Park
    1435 E. Main St.
    OAK HILL, WV 25901
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Posted at 11:23am
Natalie, Debbie and Jim our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. All of our love and support, Doug, Kat, Hunt & Park
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Gary and Penny Palmer

Posted at 05:06pm
You and your family are in our thoughts and are being carried in our hearts. We were so saddened to learn of David’s passing as he was truly one of the good guys. We have such fond memories of getting together with you two as we shared good food and fun conversation. May the thoughts and prayers of those who care give you comfort in the days ahead.
With love and hugs,
Gary and Penny Palmer

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum

Posted at 04:08am
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of David Bruce Barnhart, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army National Guard Veteran, David Bruce Barnhart, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

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