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    Thursday, January 05 2023
    Ollie Mae Tolbert Barnett

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 07:46 pm   |  Permalink   |  6 Comments  |  Email
    Ollie was a brilliant, brave and talented friend. At 96 Ollie was active and loved best relationships and best activities from great restaurants to symphony to great theater performances . I loved most her friendship with her childhood friend, Ethelene Slayton, and their relationship with the world of their great memories. GOD is GOOD ! It is all about LOVE, HAPPINESS, Caring for Friends, and wonderful relationships with her beloved daughters ! RIP beautiful Ollie. I will miss You.
    Posted by Carolyn Meares on 01/06/2023 - 09:36 PM
    It's been years, but I have never forgotten you and your family..
    Posted by Linda Tanner Childress on 01/07/2023 - 07:41 AM
    Ollie was a dear friend of my mother even before I was born. I have known her all my life and her daughter, Debbie, is a lifelong friend of mine. I feel blessed to have known Ollie- she was a true Southern lady, always ready for time with friends and family and traveling with Debbie. I have many happy memories of time spent with her and Debbie that I will always cherish. Rest In Peace Ollie and know that you will be missed.
    Posted by Leslie Messersmith on 01/07/2023 - 07:52 AM
    Debbie and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Ollie was such a beautiful lady. I always enjoyed her company and her uplifting spirit. May God bless her and all of you.
    Posted by AnnMarie Oakley on 01/07/2023 - 02:08 PM
    Ollie was a strong, fun loving lady and it has been a privilege to know her. We have so many great memories of trips to the Greenbrier, dinners at the Jefferson, good times at the Philadelphia flower show, and dinner outings before Broadway in Richmond shows. Debbie included her in all we did and we were so glad to have her with us! She was always ready to go and loved to have her Black Russian at dinner. We will miss Ollie and we raise a toast to her for a life lived to the fullest. We were so blessed to have her as our friend!
    Posted by Donna and Chuck Moody on 01/07/2023 - 06:42 PM
    I'm so sorry Susan and Debbie. Please know you are in our prayers. Mrs. Barnette was so kind and sweet when I met her prior to officially becoming part of the family. I feel blessed to have been able to spend at least a little time with her. Love you both.
    Posted by Heather and Tom Zban on 01/11/2023 - 04:52 PM

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    Mrs. Ollie Mae Tolbert Barnett, 96, of Charlotte, NC peacefully passed away on January 5, 2023 with her daughters by her side. She was born on March 12, 1926, in Victoria, VA.  She was the daughter of the late Ollie Thomas & Pearl Woods Tolbert.  Ollie was a graduate of Victoria High School and attended Longwood College and Marshall University.  Ollie was a lifelong employee of Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (CSX) as an Executive Administrator.  She was a member of Johnson Memorial Methodist Church, Guyan Country Club, Master Gardeners of Charlotte, and past president of Railway Business Women. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years James Hunter Barnett & sister Helen Tolbert Yeager.  She is survived by daughter Deborah Anne Denson of Richmond, VA; daughter, Susan Barnett Zban and husband Matthew of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Megan Leigh Zban (Daniel Salpietra), Aaron James Zban, and Elaina Mae Zban; and one great-granddaughter Willow Zoey Salpietra.   Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. at Victoria United Methodist Church, Victoria, Virginia. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call at the church prior the service from 10-11 a.m. Online register book at

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