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Jay Lewis Barnhart

January 23, 1955 - September 9, 2022

Jay Lewis Barnhart, 67 of Amherst, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 9, 2022. He was the loving husband of Katherine A. Barnhart for 28 years.

Jay was born January 23, 1955, in Dover, PA, he was the son of Doris Hottinger Barnhart of Chambersburg, PA and the late Eugene Barnhart. He was a basketball coach, who dedicated his life to working with Camps for Christ, which he founded in 1972. Camps for Christ is an organization that teaches children how to play basketball, other sports, and most importantly the Word of God.

In addition to his wife and mother, Jay is survived by children, Jayson Barnhart and his wife, Gabriella of Greenville, SC, Noah Barnhart and his significant other, Anna Williamson of Roanoke, and Sarah Barnhart of Amherst; his sister, Marla Hart of Chambersburg, PA; his niece, Amy Anthony of Cassville, PA; and his future granddaughter, Jaelynn Barnhart.

A celebration of Jay’s life will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2022, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home Chapel, Madison Heights located at 118 Commonwealth Drive. Interment will follow in Camps for Christ Cemetery, Amherst, VA. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family.

Condolences & Tributes

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Dear Barnhart Family, I’m so sorry and shocked to hear of Jay’s passing. I have so many great memories of our friendship. First of course is our many hours of playing basketball, his go-kart (a dog chasing him in the church parking lot), listening to music in the basement on Farm Lane, basketball tryouts, church league basketball games, track team (Jay introduced me to throwing the javelin) and can’t forget playing the drums and pickup football games in the field behind our homes. Jay, may you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Zack Zelwak on October 21, 2022

We were so saddened to hear of Jay's health struggles and passing. His life impacted our family and the lives of so many others in such meaningful ways. He will be deeply missed here on this earth even while heaven celebrates his arrival. Your family remains in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by John and Susan Sheppard and family on September 20, 2022

Coach Barnhart was like a father to me in high school. He gave me a summer job working at Camps for Christ and it was one of the best summers ever. I know he was welcomed into the Lord’s arms.

Posted by Janelle Cash on September 19, 2022

Condolences to the Barnhart Family!! Thank you Coach Barnhart for your faithful witness for Jesus!

Posted by Tim Leahy on September 19, 2022

It was a true blessing to meet Coach Jay and Catherine. I was blessed to meet. I send prayers and blessings to the family.

Posted by Janette Del Angel on September 17, 2022

This photo was taken the first game of senior year of college. Jay was an incredible vessel of GOD that made a great IMPACT in the lives of all whom he loved. 💙❤️💛

Posted by David McGlone on September 17, 2022

This was taken when our pastors and friends Jay, Katherine, Jayson and Noah came to visit after the birth of our son Noble.

Posted by Donnie and Nicole Crawford on September 16, 2022

Katherine, Jayson (Gabby) Noah, and Sarah, We love you all and are deeply saddened by hearing of Jay's passing. You and Jay were integral in our growth as Christians, parents and spouses. Jay was a living example of faith and obedience. I'm sure he is wearing his crown and teaching the heavenly choir all of the songs he wrote and how to get into a defensive stance. Jay will certainly be missed. We are continuing to keep you all lifted up in prayer.

Posted by Donnie and Nicole Crawford on September 16, 2022

We would like to send our condolences to the Barnhart Family from the Davis, Burke, and Nunez family.

Posted by Eva Davis on September 16, 2022

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