Paul S. Barnwell

Oct 3rd, 1934 - Jul 21st, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Jul. 29th, 2019 5-7 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Jul. 29th, 2019 7 pm


Spring Grove

Marion – Paul Samuel Barnwell, 84, of Marion, passed away at John Cochran Veteran’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri with his son by his side on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

Paul was born October 3, 1934 in Marion to John A. and Opal M. (Graves) Barnwell.  He attended Marion schools and graduated from Marion High School in 1952.  He served in the United States Army in Okinawa from 1955 – 1957.

Paul was united in marriage to Mamie Pippie on March 21, 1959, at the First United Methodist Church in Marion.  They shared 59 years of marriage until her death on April 26, 2018.

He retired from the Marion Fire Department in 1982 and worked in the concrete business until 1999.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and one of his most prized possessions was the mounted 21-pound bass from a tournament he won in Florida.  Paul also loved horses and horseracing.

Paul is survived by his son Samuel William Barnwell of Marion; daughter Laura Ann Barnwell Sims of Eldorado; grandsons Anthony Sims and Austin Sims; granddaughter Stephanie Jennings; great grandchildren Aiden, Austyn, and Addy Sims; brother John E. Barnwell; sister-in-law Mary Ann Reggio; nieces Carla S. Barnwell and Maria L. Barnwell Hafford; nieces and nephews Vince Kelley and family, Valerie Mabry and family, Sal Reggio, Diana Kinnamon and family, Angela Daughtery and family, Mitch Kane and family, Sherry Kelley, Todd Kelley and family; great nephew John (Jack) B.G. Hafford; several great nieces and nephews; special neighbors- Jeanette Newell and Brad and Jenine Lowe.

He was preceded in death by his Parents; wife Mamie; and brother James William “Barney” Barnwell.

Paul’s wishes were to be cremated and his ashes mixed with Mamie’s.  They will be buried together in the family cemetery at Spring Grove.  A Memorial service will be Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Fox officiating.  Visitation will be Monday from 5 pm until the time of service at the funeral home.  Military rites will be presented at 5 pm by members of the Marion VFW Post #1301, American Legion Post #147 and National Guard Flag Detail Unit.

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5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Anthony Rinella

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 27, 2019

    Sorry for your loss. Paul was a mentor to us young firefighters and taught us how to survive and fight fire with the equipment we had. Absolutely great guy to work with. You knew he always had your back.

  • Guest: Pamela (Jennings ) Hines

    From: Johnston City , Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2019

    Sammy I am so sorry my heart breaks for you You will be in my prayers Nothing can heal the pain you are feeling But please always remember I would do anything for you If you just need to sit in silence and need a friend Im hear for you Love you 💖

  • Guest: Larry Sherertz

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2019

    Deepest sympathies to all the family. Paul was a very good man that will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Guest: Rita West

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2019

    Everyone loved Paul & Mamie- Twenty years of funny and wonderful Memories. Sam carries on Paul’s Legacy!! Beautiful people with beautiful hearts. They sure will be missed by ALL who loved them. Peace and Comfort during this difficult & Sad time!

  • Guest: David Wilson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2019

    Sorry I was unable to attend. Laura and Sammy might heart goes out to you guys. I Love both I will keep all of your family in my prayers. David Wilson…..