Dr. William E. Barrett

Obituary for Dr. William E. Barrett

September 16, 1924 - August 8, 2020
Pompano Beach, Florida | Age 95

He served the Williamson community for many years as an educator and musician.


Dr. William Barrett

Sept. 16, 1924 – Aug. 8, 2020

Dr. William E. Barrett, died at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.

He served the Williamson community for many years as an educator and musician.

After graduating from Marshall University, he spent 18 years at Williamson High School, where he taught math and directed the WHS band. He pioneered both jazz and show bands, which won a number of awards. For six years, he directed the Williamson branch of Marshall University before serving 18 years at Southern West Virginia Community College. During his tenure at SWVCC, he was Dean of Academic affairs, Provost, acting president and professor of music. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Tug Valley Arts Council, where he served 11 years on the board of directors and as president. He was also appointed by the governor to the West Virginia Arts Commission. At the First Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder and the choir director for many years.

He was born to the late Charles F. and Brooke Barrett.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Barrett; and his sister, Mary Helen Hearn.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Christie Heinrich (Dave) and Susan Grody (Rob); his granddaughter, Amanda Heinrich; and his sister-in-law, Janie Irington, all of Pompano Beach, Florida.

Graveside services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at Mountain View Memory Gardens, 3580 Route 52, Maher, West Virginia.

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