Howard Barnett, Sr., departed this life on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Talbot Hospice House in Easton, Maryland after a long illness. Born on October 15, 1931 in St. Michaels, Maryland, he was the son of the late Edna G. Barnett Chester. Affectionately known as “Junior”, Howard attended elementary school in St. Michaels and later graduated from the Robert Russa Moton High School in Easton. Howard was a good student and an exceptional athlete especially on the baseball diamond and the soccer field. In 1948, Howard, along with a number of his friends, enlisted into the U.S. Army and went on to serve his country during the Korean conflict. After he received his honorable discharged from the Army on May 27, 1952, Howard secured employment as a truck driver delivering furniture for the Hecht Company. Several years later, Howard moved on to take an opportunity with the Campbell Soup Company in Chestertown, Maryland. He went on to become the chauffeur and personal assistant for several families within the Talbot County area.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n On April 21, 1955, Howard was joined in holy matrimony to Joan F. Thomas and was blessed with two sons. This union lasted for more than 60 years. In 1968, Howard went to work for the Waverly Press Company in Easton as a film image/plate maker and remained in that job for 13 years. Wanting to be his own boss, Howard left Waverly and took over the family-owned sanitation removal service that had been started by the man he knew as dad, Vernis E. Chester. Under his direction, equipment and servicing trucks were upgraded, and the customer base grew. After retiring from the sanitation business, Howard, needing to be out and around people, took a job as the custodian for the U.S. Post Office in St. Michaels, and continued until his health began to fail.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Howard was a faithful member of Union United Methodist Church and served as a trustee, usher, superintendent of the Charles F. Thomas cemetery, member of the United Methodist men and sang on the men’s choir until he became too ill to participate. Howard was also a dedicated member of the Star of Bellevue #88 F&AM PHA and the A-1 Improvement Club.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Junior will always be remembered for his smile, laugh, gentle spirit, love of God and family along with his sharing of funny stories from the past and his quick wit and one-liners.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n In addition to his mother and step-father, Howard is preceded in death by a son, Marchand S. Barnett. He leaves to cherish fond memories, his loving and devoted wife, Joan T. Barnett of St. Michaels, MD; one son, Howard Barnett, Jr. (Jackie) of Easton, MD; two grandsons, Jawaun L. Copper of Easton, MD and Aaron Barnett of Silver Spring, MD; one granddaughter, Ileshia Campbell of Atlanta, GA; one first cousin, George Barnett of St. Michaels, MD; one aunt, Doris Ann Barnett of St. Michaels, MD; two brothers-in-law who he considered as brothers, William L. Wallace of Wilmington, DE and Ralph Deaton of Chestertown, MD; and a host of other cousins and friends.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Interment in Charles Thomas Memorial Cemetery, St. Michaels, MD.