David L. Barrett Sr.
Retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg
The Rev. Dr. David L. Barrett Sr., 77, of Waynesburg, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 29, 2012, in his home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born January 12, 1935, in Englewood, N.J., a son of the late Erna Heldon and Harold P. Barrett.
The Rev. Barrett was a 1952 graduate of Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood and was employed by Aluminum Company of America, until 1954, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Tulle, France. It was during his enlistment that he first received the calling of God.
Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Barrington College in Providence, R.I., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1961. While enrolled there, he met his wife, Carole Nichols. They were married in December 1958.
After graduation from Barrington, he enrolled at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, graduating in 1964. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA. He served as assistant youth pastor at Hebron United Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills from 1964 to 1967, served as pastor of Reed Memorial United Presbyterian Church in Lyndhurst, N.J., from 1967 to 1970 and served as associate pastor of Beverly Heights United Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon from 1970 to 1975.
In June 1975, he accepted the position of pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, where he remained until his retirement in 2000.
In 1989, he was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Waynesburg College. He was a past president of the Waynesburg Ministerium and served on numerous boards, including chairman of the Salvation Army, Waynesburg Service Unit for 15 years, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Try-Again Homes, Habitat for Humanity and Greene County Association for Retarded Citizens.
In the Presbytery of Washington, he served on the evangelism committee, committee on ministry, personnel committee, committee on preparation for ministry and synod evangelism committee in New Jersey.
He was involved in numerous committees for church crusades and rallies. He participated in various community charities and fundraisers and spent much of his time visiting sick and elderly members of the community.
In addition to the numerous missionaries and religious dignitaries that he welcomed into First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg during his time there, he and others traveled extensively in hopes of strengthening the church’s relationship with God. Over the course of two decades, he and several other congregation members, as well as representatives of other community churches, traveled to various countries, including Mexico, Israel and Russia.
The Rev. Barrett was an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams, he loved to travel and greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Amy L. Barrett Mackor; two sons, David L. Barrett Jr. and Stephen N. Barrett and wife Crystal; three grandchildren, Melissa Anne Burton and husband Brad, James David “JD” Barrett and Bryson Lewis Barrett; a niece, Robin McGill, and a brother, Harold P. Barrett, who make their home with his family; two brothers, Wilfred Barrett (Lorraine) of Boise, Idaho, and John Barrett of Hamburg, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Kenneth L. Barrett and a sister, Violet McGill.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, in First Presbyterian Church, 169 West College Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg, P.O. Box 446, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.