Tenella Barnhill

December 6, 1943 ~ April 21, 2021 (age 77)

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“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”     

                                                                                        John 14:1-3                                                                                                      


Tenella Jones Barnhill departed this life to go home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  She was born on December 6, l943 to the Late David Jones, Sr. and the Late Caldonia Bethea Jones.   Today, even though our hearts are filled with great sadness, we feel so very blessed to have had these years with her and do rejoice in knowing that she is now in God’s loving care.


Affectionately known as “Tina” by close family and friends, Tina was born and reared in Dillon, South Carolina. Tina at an early age relocated to Brooklyn, New York where she resided for almost 40 years. Tina was blessed with a son Eric Jones for 9 months until the Lord called him home.  In 2004 she relocated to Bellevue, Nebraska where she resided until her passing. Tina was a much beloved daughter, sister, mother, auntie, grandmother, niece, cousin, co-worker and friend.   At a young age, she dedicated her life to Christ. Tina enjoyed having bible study over the phone with her sisters until her death.  


Tina was educated in the public schools of Dillon County. Tina met her soul mate the late Johnny Barnhill, Sr. in 1967 and after 10 years they were united in holy matrimony. Tina and Johnny were blessed with one son, Johnny Barnhill, Jr. and one daughter, Denise Barnhill Thomas.  



Tina’s outgoing personality and legendary culinary skills allowed her to have a successful career with Chock Full O’ Nuts Corporation, as well as Citibank Food Service.  In her later years she worked as a Certified Home Health Attendant until her retirement on May 23, 2004.


Tina was preceded in death by her loving husband Johnny Barnhill Sr., her son Eric Jones, her father and mother David and Caldonia Jones, her mother-in-law Lucille  Powell and her father-in-law Willie Lee Joyner. 


Tina leaves to cherish her precious and fond memories her son Johnny Barnhill, Jr. (wife Beverly), daughter Denise Thomas (husband Maurice) ; Son in Law Aaron Spencer, Sr.; 5 grandchildren, Januel Stephens-Tyson, Johnny Barnhill III, Jocelyn Barnhill, Aaron Spencer, Jr. and Avery Spencer, two great granddaughters Charessa Tyson and Ginger Spencer;    Godchildren Tonya Isaac and Jovon Eric Hayes; brothers, Franklin Jones, Ellis Jones, Ronnie Jones and Stephen Jones; sisters, Florine Jones (husband Izell), Marilyn Davis (husband Larry); brother in laws Will McDuffie and Randy Grice, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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April 30, 2021

2:30 PM
Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Blvd
Calverton, NY 11933

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