|Birth: ||Aug. 16, 1935|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 2009, USA|
Don Barnett was born on the blackland prairie of north central Texas on August 16, 1935. His mother Inez gave birth to him on a farm near Rural Shade in Navarro County. His father, Vester, came home from the fields to meet his first son. Inez and Vester named him Donald Wayne.
Don graduated Kerens High School, where he excelled in football. Arlington Junior College (now UT-Arlington) awarded him a scholarship to play offensive guard for the Rebels.
Don and Patricia Anderson, both of Kerens, knew each other for years but didn't date until 1956. Pat and Don marked their 52nd wedding anniversary on February 15th of this year.
Before and after the nuptials, Don worked as a roughneck across Texas and Louisiana. Then he took more regular work in Nacogdoches to support his growing family. Pat and Don lived in Nacogdoches for five decades. Don earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stephen F. Austin State College while working full time. He managed cafeterias at SFA until retiring in 1997. He kept busy in retirement driving for Enterprise, Foretravel, Motor Homes of Texas, individuals, and others. Don worked hard all his life. He never shirked responsibility. He put great store in honesty.
Don adored his grandchildren, his greatest joy. They loved him more than he could imagine. Don also loved to help people. He smiled and laughed Ð a lot. And he showed kindness to all. Don enjoyed spending time with his daughter and playing golf with his sons; visiting relatives and old friends in Kerens and Corsicana; going on spring break trips with family to Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii; serving as "horsey" for his grandchildren; and cheering on his offspring, and theirs, at sporting, academic, musical, and social events.
Don Barnett died in an accident on September 24. His family and friends will miss him. We already miss him terribly.
Don's mother and father, his sister Lonez, and his brother Bill predeceased him.
His wife Pat survives him, as do sons Blake of Houston and Barry of Dallas; daughter Melanie of Nacogdoches; grandchildren Caroline Robbins Barnett of New Haven, Conn., Hamilton Chase Barnett of Houston, and James Edward Barnett of Dallas; and a great many nephews, nieces, cousins, and many others, who loved him, too.
Don felt deep gratitude for his education and wanted others to have the chances he did. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any contributions go to your favorite school or to the Donald Wayne Barnett Memorial Scholarship, c/o SFA Alumni Association, P. O. Box 6096, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962. The scholarship will benefit students wishing to attend SFA.
The family welcomes you to visitation at Cason-Monk Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 27. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 28, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 903 North Street, Nacogdoches. A graveside service will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery near Kerens at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 29. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
Vester Franklin Barnett (1906 - 1972)
Ruby Inez May Barnett (1912 - 1988)
Wanda Lonez Barnett Darden (1932 - 2007)*
Donald Wayne Barnett (1935 - 2009)
Billy Joe Barnett (1941 - 2006)*
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