Barnetta EberhartMay 23, 1943 ~ August 29, 2017 (age 74)
Mrs. Barnetta Ann Eberhart was born to the late Reverend Howard Henderson and Lelia H. Henderson in Birmingham, Alabama. At an early age, she confessed Christ and later joined the Thirty-Seventh Street Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor W. E. Thedford and served faithfully in the choir ministry.
She attended Henry C. Bryant Elementary School and graduated from A. H. Parker High School. Barnetta had a sincere love of education and attended Cooper Business College in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, in 1982, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science after successfully majoring in Pre-Law and minoring in Music and Art at Miles College.
Barnetta was outgoing and thrived on community involvement, which inspired her early in life. During the 60’s she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was a devoted Civil Rights Foot Soldier. Her commitment and interest in her neighborhood continued for decades as she competed for the title of Ms. Jefferson County/Trussville; served on the Advisory Council at Woodlawn High School; held the position of President for the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association and served as Secretary for the Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP. Not only was she encouraged as a community leader, she also was a dedicated employee of Lawler Foundry.
On August 29, 2017, Barnetta became a true champion when she marched onward with the angels. She was embraced by her brothers and sisters, Ulysses (C.D.) Brown, Columbus Harris, Margaret Henderson and Deloris Peterson and her parents who preceded her in death.
Barnetta leaves to cherish her memories: a daughter, Madelyn C. (Tracy Wayne) Pope of Birmingham, AL; a son, Douglas (Lisa) Henderson of Birmingham, AL; two granddaughters and the ‘apples of her eye’, Madison and Mckenzie Henderson of Birmingham, AL; three grandsons, Mr. Alfred McGraw, Nijal Pope and Keenan Pope of Birmingham, AL; three great granddaughters, Khari Pope, Aolia McGraw and K’Ziya Pope; seven great grandsons, Artvovious and Amari Rutledge of North Carolina, Collins Rowell, Jaylon Patterson, Karter Pope, Emory Pope and Amir McGraw; special friends, Hezekiah Jackson, IV, Lewanna Robinson, Joseph Osborne and Tom Crowe; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.