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ADAMS—William Charles Barrett, 84, Pine Lake GA, formerly of Adams, NY, died February 7 at an assisted living facility in Decatur, Georgia. He was born May 30, 1929 in Dexter, NY, son of Walter and Jennie Silsby Barrett. He was predeceased by one brother, Kenneth, two sisters, Helen (Jones) and Norinne (David). He is survived by one brother Gerald, two sisters, Marjorie (Davidson) and Betty (Grieco), and one son, Adam.

Bill married Beverly June Smith on October 4, 1952, at Emanuel Episcopal Church. For much of their married life, they lived in Adams, NY, where he worked for A & P and the Alaskan Oil Company. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to Winter Haven, Florida. After her death, he traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his son, best friend and caretaker, Adam.

Bill was known for his irrepressible energy and infectious laughter. Family and friends fondly remember a booming tenor voice belting out a hearty chorus. He was also a talented cook and was especially known for his pies. In his quieter moments, he cherished time in his garden, and even in his final days, he loved a spirited game of cards. Bill had a keen eye for antiques, and frequently visited flea markets in search of a treasure. Long ago, he crafted a talent for refinishing and caning chairs, a skill he demonstrated for the past three years at the Pine Lake, Georgia Arts Festival. His painstaking work, combined with his naturally gregarious personality, made his tent a popular stop at the festival.

Family in northern NY looked forward to his yearly spring visits, when he often stayed with his wife’s niece, Ellen Fish. Still, he made time for his extended family and friends, and he remains a favorite uncle and great uncle to many, including his most devoted fans, Colby and Cayden Randall, sons of Becky (Cobb) and Chris Randall. To this day, his sister Betty recalls the joy that Bill brought to her life. In describing her childhood adventures, she frequently prefaces her story with “Bill and I had a lot of fun when we were kids.” Where he was, good fun followed.

There will be no funeral service or calling hours, but friends may pay respects at a memorial service on March 8 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Stone Mountain, GA.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Seasons Hospice, 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite C120, Atlanta GA, 30342.

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