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Mervil Robert Barrett

December 18, 1952 — February 6, 2024

Mervil Robert Barrett, also known as Robbie, Bear and Barito, passed from this world to

eternal rest on Tuesday, February 6th 2024. He was born in Richmond Virginia on December

18th, 1952. Merv’s Birth Family was from the Appalaccia areas of Virginia; his Mother Betty Lee

Jenkins’ huge Family was from Stanley, VA, near Luray Caverns. His Father, Mervil Richard

Barrett, was from West Virginia. He has a wonderful sister Wanda in Hampton and a sweet

Daughter Christine who lives in Yorktown. Merv has many friends throughout Tidewater, and

lots of close relatives and cousins in Stanley like his Mother’s sister Aunt Vontella.


As a young adult Merv lived and worked primarily as a framing carpenter in the

Hampton Roads area until he moved to Saluda in 2003, where helped build up the flower

business Virginia Specialty Cut Flowers at Evensteven Farm off Stormont Road.


Throughout his life Mervil was a peaceful man. He had a love for animals, whether

tame or wild, and a way with them that made so many happy. He also had an affinity for poetic

writing and filled scores of spiral notebooks with original odes and poems.


In the last couple of years Merv had many health issues, but he pushed forward and

developed a growing Church Family at Saluda Baptist Church where he was particularly fond of

Pastor Nita, Deacon Ernie and many new Friends who shared their love and supported him

during his latest round of hospital care and rehab.


 A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for this Friday, February 16th, at 3:00 at Saluda Baptist Church, Saluda Virginia.


Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, VA is assisting the family.

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