|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1941|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2010|
North Carolina, USA
ROCKWELL - Archibald "Archie" Lee Barnhardt, 69, of Rockwell, died Sept. 13, 2010, at his residence. A celebration of life and resurrection will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Cold Springs United Methodist Church officiated by Dr. Neil Haynes and Rev. Mary Hatley, burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Barnhardt family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Gordon Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant.
Mr. Barnhardt was born April 15, 1941, in Cabarrus County, son of the late William Orlando Barnhardt Sr. and Mae Burris Barnhardt. After 35 years of service and having held part ownership and numerous positions within the same company, he retired from Sunox/Holox Welding in 1997. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a boy in Troop 5 in 1957. He took over as Scoutmaster of the troop in 1970 and served until 1986 when he had to give up the position due to health problems. He returned to serve again as Scoutmaster several years later culminating in a total of 20+ years with Troop 5. He received the Outstanding Scoutmaster Award, the Cross and Flame Award and the Silver Beaver Award. As his health declined, he was able to continue to serve in various leadership positions with Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting. A life-long member of Cold Springs United Methodist Church, he served on the Cemetery Committee, History Committee, 150th Anniversary Committee, Sunday School Class President, Administrative Council. Member of Cabarrus County Genealogy Society, Member of Rowan Cabarrus Community College Welding Advisory Committee, Member of Good Sam Camping Club, Avid Camper.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol Bost Barnhardt; children, Annette Hammill and husband, Bobby, Jannette Kluttz and husband, Lee, Ronald Barnhardt and wife, LeAnne; grandchildren, Stacy and Ryan Hammill, Lindsey, Alex and Kaleb Kluttz, Dylan and Dustin Barnhardt; brothers, William "Bill" Barnhardt, Jr. and Troy Barnhardt; sisters, Shirley Hurlocker, Kathy Flowe, and Joyce Allmon; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5301 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081, Cold Springs BSA Troop 5 or Cold Springs Cemetery Fund 2550 Cold Springs Rd., Concord, NC 28025
Published in Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on September 15, 2010
There are occasions on hikes and camping trips where part of the patrol is sent ahead to investigate a certain area or to find a good campsite. That's when you need to know how to make and read trail signs. Scout trail signs are scratched in the ground or are made by using stones or twigs. Each sign represents something specific. The trail sign for "Gone Home" can be found etched on the grave marker of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting. Like on the hiking path through the woods, when the "Gone Home" trail sign is found on the path of life, it serves as a reminder. It reminds us that the person that left the sign arrived safely to that place on the path and that they have finished the hike and gone home.
Archie discussed this trail sign with Carol just days before his death. He wanted to assure her and the rest of the family that although his life here on earth had been filled with abundant love and fun, he was ready to finish the hike and go home. He expressed his desire that each of his grandchildren be able to stand solid in their faith and that they be able to keep a small memento of his hike through life. Like his love, the marble is solid and durable. It won't fade or wilt like flowers. Representing his passion for Scouting, his dedication to achieving the highest, and his belief that nothing should ever be wasted because it might be able to be used for something perfect later, the marble stone was left over from Lindsey's Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Archie has gone home!!
William Orlando Barnhardt (1916 - 1985)
Essie Mae Burris Barnhardt (1921 - 1997)
Cold Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery
Concord (Cabarrus County)
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Brenda Kale Ballard
Record added: Sep 15, 2010
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