Barrie Wayne Hewlett stepped into the presence of his master on New Year’s Eve 2021. He loved his family and friends, and they loved him and will miss him. He is remembered by those who knew him as a man of honesty and fidelity to his God and to those who needed and loved him. He is the “ideal best friend”. Barrie spent his life making the world a happier place for every life he touched. His exuberant spirit, his willingness to always help, is our loss. Barrie served his country on a Navy supply ship and fulfilled his dream of traveling the world. He made Jacksonville his home in the late 1960s, where he began his 37-year career as a hard-working “railroad worker”. He is a graduate of the FSCJ. After retiring from the railroad, he loved teaching other railroad workers the skills they needed to do “rail work” at the University of North Florida. Barrie was also an avid “collector of all things” and was happy about a good find. Barrie married his beloved wife, Deborah, in 1981 and joined the First Baptist Church in 1982.
In death his parents Richard and Rebecca Hewlett precede him; his brother Richard (Dick) Hewlett, Jr .; and sister Betty Hewlett Dexter.
He leaves behind his 40-year-old wife, Deborah Streetman Hewlett; Sons, Barrie Wayne Hewlett, Jr., Bryan Albury (Barbie), and Alan Thompson (Stephanie); a precious grandson, Reese; his twin sister Bonnie Hewlett Sibbett; together with a crowd of adoring nieces and nephews, great and great nieces and nephews who will miss their “funny” uncle. Barrie, we miss you now and forever.
To celebrate his life legacy, Wednesday the 12th will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Instead of flowers, gifts to commemorate Barrie Wayne Hewlett can be sent to the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida or a charity of your choice. At www.hgriversidefuneralhome.com, the HEWLETT family can be shared with the HEWLETT family with great memories and expressions of sympathy.
Published online 7 January 2022
Published in Florida Times Union