Shirley Lucas Barentine, beloved wife and mother of five, passed away in Cartersville, Georgia on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the age of 86.
Shirley was born on April 27, 1935, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late George C Lucas and Mable Bond Lucas. She married her lifelong husband, Wayne S. “Scotty” Barentine, on July 30, 1955, on Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas. Together they raised five children Beth, Lynne, Barry, Katy, and Richard.
A member of the Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, Shirley had a strong Christian faith that was exemplified in a life of service to others. She served in the Girl Scouts of America for over 50 years, the American Red Cross, and was elected as an Election Judge serving her fellow citizens. She also volunteered as a docent at the Booth Western Art Museum.
An accomplished woman, she reached the rank of Master Trainer and was the Chair of the History/Archives Committee of the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council as well as a Water Safety and First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. She was also a journalist with regular columns in the Franklin Banner-Tribune in Franklin, Louisiana, and the Katy Times in Katy, Texas.
Active in local politics, Shirley was an alternate to the Texas Republican convention of 1980. She was known to rub elbows with the likes of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Scotty, her brother George Lucas, her son Richard Barentine and his wife Angie.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Countryman, and her husband, John; her daughter, Lynne Will, and her husband, Gary; her son, Barry Barentine, and his wife, Julie; her daughter, Katy Barentine; as well as seven grandchildren.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at two o'clock in the afternoon in the chapel at Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Georgia 30120, officiated by Rev. Kevin Lobello of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends for visitation between the hours of twelve and two o'clock in the afternoon.
A private burial service will be held at Forest Lawn in Ball, Louisiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assured Hospice Care, 9B Medical Drive, Cartersville, Georgia 30121, in memory of Mrs. Shirley Barentine.
Owen Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barentine family during this difficult time. Please leave condolences and fond memories with the Barentine family at www.owenfunerals.com.