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William Chambers Barnett II
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Advent Lutheran Church
    3347 Rivers Avenue
    N. Charleston, SC 29405
  • Or to:
  • Elks Lodge #242
    1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“Will miss uncle Billy. He was the last of this generation. Remembering family gatherings when Uncle Billy, Uncle Tommy, and Uncle Charles would...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: John Moon - Moncks Corner, SC

Aunt Betty, Uncle Tommy, Jerry (momma), and Uncle Tommy “This was one of the last pictures taken of all of the siblings prior to Uncle Tommy (1992) and Momma (1993) passing away. I will always cherish the...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Lynda Abram - Charleston, SC

“We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know your family will be in our prayers. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. The Rentz Family (Robert W....Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Robert Rentz - Monroe, NC

Dad as Boat Captain, working Charleston Shipyard Maintenance in 1948
4 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Barnett - Broomfield, CO

Dad at Folly Beach, Fall 2018
5 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Barnett - Broomfield, CO

“Bill, Ruthie Padgett told me of your father's passing. He certainly lived a long life as did his sister Betty. I know you'll miss him. My dad died...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Terry Stone - Alto, GA

“I am the Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church on John's Island, and was privileged to be pastor for Betty Lofton, Lois Barnett, and other family members. ...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Pastor Tom Cassem - Friend

“I was saddened to hear that Uncle Billy died.I remember him as such a kind man. I wasn't around him much in my adult years but always thought he and...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Joyce Wright - Suamico, WI


William Chambers Barnett II, 96, of Charleston, South Carolina died at home of natural causes Thursday, April 23, 2020 attended by his daughter and son-in-law.

Bill was born July 20, 1923 in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Sadie Doig Barnett and Thomas Gordon Barnett. A strong sense of duty permeated his life. He was a devoted husband who never failed his wife during a long declining illness, a loving father, and an self-effacing support of family, friends, and community. He attended Charleston High School but before graduation entered the Navy Yard apprentice program in order to help support his family. After Pearl Harbor he was among the first to volunteer and served as a hard-hat salvage diver in the Pacific theater. Following the war he worked at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, retiring as a General Foreman. Upon leaving the Navy Yard he worked at Detyens Shipyard and briefly taught mathematics at Trident Technical College.

Bill was a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, serving at various times as president of the congregation, Sunday School superintendant, and council member. After St. Andrew's closed in 2007 he transferred to Advent Lutheran Church, North Charleston. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 242, a charter member of the John M. Pundt Family Reunion committee, and enjoyed golfing with the "Rascals" at the "Muni".

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Vivian Rentz Barnett, two sisters Betty (Edward) Lofton and Jerry (Charles) Rutherford; and a brother, Thomas G. (Lois Ducker) Barnett Jr. He is survived by son William C. (Susan George) Barnett Jr. of Broomfield, CO; daughter Marilyn (Gary Bachlund) Barnett of Berlin, Germany and Charleston; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Due to COVID restrictions a private graveside service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, Elks Lodge 242, and Friends of the Muni.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

To view the graveside committal please visit the following: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/Q4S4K5N8MMM78FTW