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Theodore R. Barnett

May 27, 1964 — October 8, 2022

Indianapolis

How can one fully describe the larger-than-life personality that was Theodore R. Barnett Jr.? Known by those who loved him as “Ted”, “The Velvet Teddy Bear” or simply “Papa Bear”, Theodore was born to parents Theodore R. Barnett Sr. and Ernestine J. Childress-Barnett on May 27th, 1964. His Siblings, Freddie, Rick (Slick Rick) Gregory (Big-O) Lois and Barbara (Achoo), who did everything from protect Ted and teach their younger brother many life lessons were the source of many fond memories for him.

This Chicago Native, who was a die-hard bears fan, was no doubt one of the funniest, hard-working, loving and most straight forward persons to ever walk the planet! Ted was truly someone who could light up a room. He had an everlasting effect on so many lives with his infectious smile, his love of stepping, dressing to the nines, playing his base guitar, listening to music and making people laugh. Those who knew and loved him knew that there would be plenty of laughter and good times when he was around, and they were the better for it!

Ted got an early start at family life and adult hood. Marrying his high school sweetheart, Felicia Williams, at the tender age of 18, He went on to serve in the Air Force from 1982 through 1986. Returning to the States in late 1986, Ted, now a father of two lively girls, Chataun and Tia, would go on to start his 35-year sojourn with the company AT&T. His AT&T family, whom he loved very much, would go on to play a pivotal role, in his happiness and professional development. He loved them dearly.

Ted by no means had an easy life. Navigating the many troubled waters that often come with things like a divorce, family hurt and unresolved conflict, chronic illness and romantic disappointments, Ted always handled these with grace, and to the best of his ability. Ted always hoped for the best outcome in all situations, and he truly loved all his siblings, friends and AT&T family very much! All who loved him can take comfort in this fact.

Ted was preceded in death by his father Theodore R. Barnett Sr. , his mother Earnestine J. Childress-Barnett, his sister Barbara A. Barnett and his brother Gregory Collier (Kametha). He is survived by both his daughters Chataun Barnett-Dye (Keith) and Tia Barnett-Gray (Malcolm), his granddaughters Nadia and Zhaniyah Dye, his siblings Freddie, Rick and Lois and a whole host of additional nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles,  cousins, friends and co-workers who may not be mentioned here but are dearly loved, nevertheless.

Yes! “Ted” “The Velvet Teddy bear” or simply “Papa Bear” What a life you lived. You touched so many lives, imprinted on so many hearts and left us with memories that will keep us all laughing. Death is sad, to be sure, but it is not the end. Ted will live again, happy, healthy and surrounded by those whom he loved. So, we say Rest in Peace for now Ted, and we mourn. The day will certainly come when our mourning this loss will be done, and our tears of sorrow will be turned into tears of joy, as we behold this loving Father, Brother, Friend, Co-worker and awesome human being, once again!

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