March 26, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

Kenny Hayward Barwick, 77, Columbus

By Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home

Kenny Barwick was the first-born son of Omar and Rose Powell Barwick and they preceded him in death.

He had seven sisters, Jean Grider of Columbus, Evie and Ronnie Scoville of Alabama, Anna and Jim Garmon of Florida, Linda and Kenny Bryant of Columbus, as well as Sherry and Dick Hicks of Connersville. He also had two brothers, Greg and Anne Barwick of North Vernon and Bryan and Christi Barwick of Columbus.

He had two sisters, Faye Speers and Janice Whittington, who passed before him as well as two brothers-in-law, Earl Grider and Jack Speers, who preceded him in death as well.

Kenny is survived by his wife Sharman Kay Mullikin Barwick, and his four sons Gregory Allen Barwick of Arizona, Larry Michael Barwick of Colorado, Dalton Haywood Barwick of Columbus, and Braydon Allen Michael Barwick of Scipio.

Kenny has three grandsons whom he helped raise; Kayden Barwick, Mikey Barwick, and Rylan Waskom Barwick, one granddaughter Sage Dawn Barwick of Australia, and one great-granddaughter who is due to be born in July.

Kenny also has many nieces and nephews, too many to name here, but he thought of all of them often. Also surviving are his in-laws Charles Bud and Jean Mullikin of Martinsville, Carlos and Phyllis Mullikin Mounce of Hope, Carl Jr. and Sue Mullikin of Osgood, Mary Mullikin Conrad of North Vernon, Mary Money Mullikin of Westport, and Kevin Rufus Young of Elizabethtown.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Carl and Geneva Mullikin, his sisters-in-law Bennie Gill, Tina McNicholas, and Teresa Davis, his brothers-in-law Bob Mullikin, Roger Gill, Harold McNicholas, Jim Conrad, as well as Paul Brent Mullikin, and nephews Adam Barlow and Ike Mullikin, and one niece Lori Gill.

Kenny liked to fish with his son Brady, work on cars with his son Dalton, and was very proud of the work his son Allen did out West. Kenny loved to watch his Grandsons’ basketball games, as well as watching football games and NASCAR. Most of all, Kenny favorite thing was spending time with his grandchildren, followed closely by a good cup of coffee.

Kenny started working as a paperboy when he was 11 years old and has been working ever since. After serving in the Army, he started working at Cummins and stayed there for 50 years. The majority of the time he spent working in the maintenance department. Kenny could fix anything. When he finally took a day off work, they would call him and he would tell them how to fix it over the phone.

After his retirement, he continued working on various projects like remodeling houses, and his farm and working on his tractors. If Kenny couldn't fix it then no one could. He lived a quiet life raising cows, his bull Scooby, goats, and his grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at the Jewell–Rittman Family Funeral Home with Rev. Marcus Speer officiating. Military Rites will be performed by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday. Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery.

Kenny will always be remembered as the quiet, honest, hardworking man that he was. He will have many friends who will miss him but especially Harry Stevenson, Renne Gatman, as well as Art and Dorothy Winkler.

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