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Barnett, Alonzo

Alonzo Barnett Dead

Alonzo Barnett, a former resident of this section, son of the late Mrs. M A. Ward, and brother of former Superintendent of Confederate Home Chas. D. Barnett, died Friday morning at the family home in Galveston, aged 64 years, and the remains were brought here Saturday afternoon for interment in the Masonic cemetery, Rev. G. T. Gibbons, pastor of the Methodist church, performing the funeral services. The remains were accompanied to this point by his widow, Mrs. Ida Barnett, and children, T. H. Schreiber and wife of Galveston, and Mrs. A. W. Kanewsky of Cleburne.

The deceased had been a resident of Galveston for the past nine years, moving there from Velasco. He was born in Lexington, Mo., Feb. 15, 1849. During the early period of his life he lived in this section. where he was well and favorably known. For the past few years he was blind, but retained his cheerfulness to the last. Many friends deeply regret his death. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1913, page 1

Barnett, Charles Davenport


Judge C. D. Barnett departed this life at his residence in Weimar at about 2 o’clock p. m., last Saturday, the 13th instant. He died of a stomach trouble, which he thought was dyspepsia, but which proved to be a more serious trouble, and about which the doctors, in the last stages of his sickness, were not entirely agreed. His health had been very bad for several months, but he was able to be on his feet and to walk about town and to visit his neighbors and friends occasionally to within a few days of his death. After he took his bed his vital forces failed rapidly, and it quickly spread throughout the community that Charley Barnett, as he was familiarly called here, was bound to die, and that within a very few days. His hospitable premises were constantly thronged with anxious friends and inquirers. All was done for him that could be done. Able physicians exhausted their skill, and he was nursed day and night with the tenderest care. The inevitable could not be averted, and though the minds of his friends were prepared for the worst, it was a shock to all when the news speedily flew that he was dead.

There is a strange something in the human heart called hope that survives every disaster except death; and even then its lingering, dying whisperings softly tell us that perhaps death was for the best. In this instance the writer believes it was for the best--not for the living, I mean, but for the one that is dead to us. If there is a heaven that the preachers tell about (and I do not doubt it), I believe that Charley Barnett has gone there. As true as the needle to the pole, as self-sacrificing in spirit as a Spartan soldier, kind and generous and charitable to all, he was a noble specimen of humanity On the bloody fields of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and in other pitched battles that shook America from center to circumference, he bravely did his soldier’s duty beneath the bullet-pierced battle flag of Terry’s Texas rangers. A member of the Methodist church from his earliest manhood he constantly strived to do his whole christian duty; if any one was sick or in distress he was a prompt and ready volunteer for assistance; if there was any plausible public movement for the common good he was among the foremost in it. The great apostle said in effect, “though I have all these and have not charity, I am nothing.” Charley Barnett had all these, and charity for his fellowmen and love for God and religion and duty were his prominent characteristics.

Rev. J. W. Harmon, the good Methodist pastor who stood over the corpse of the subject of this sketch at the mourning home of he departed one last Sunday afternoon and, in the presence of a large assembly of friends, conducted religious services, told of the noble, religious character of Charley Barnett in a far more able manner than I could.

After these religious services the Masonic lodge of Weimar, of which he had been a member for many years, assisted by the lodges of Schulenburg, Oakland, and Columbus,took charge of the remains and buried them in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery at this place, being followed to the graveyard by a very long procession.

Charley Barnett had the distinction of being the first inhabitant of Weimar. He and his noble wife, nee Miss Prudie Smalley, were the first to settle in the town limits when this place was laid off for a town and a station in 1873 by the “Sunset” railroad company. They have resided here ever since, except for five years, from June 27th, 1890 to June 27th, 1895. During this period they were in Austin, where Judge Barnett was filling the office of superintendent of the confederate Home. He took charge of the Home the 1st of July, 1890, when it was a private institution, having been appointed superindent[sic] by the managing board. The following year the Home became a state Institution, and Gov. Hogg appointed him superintendent under state management Feb. 1st, 1891, and he remained in this position, filling it with credit and honor to himself and the state, till the close of Gov. Hogg’s second administration, in January 1895. When he retired from this office he at first thought of remaining permanently in Austin, but in June last, he concluded to return to his former Weimar home, which he had claimed as his legal residence while superintendent of the Home, and where he invariably came to vote at elections. The opinion of the writer is that he had despaired of ever recovering his health, and he preferred to die at his loved home in Weimar and among his many true and tried friends of earlier years.

He had creditably filled offices of honor and trust before, and had he lived and recovered his health no doubt higher political positions would have been thrust upon him.

He was born at Newtown, Scott county, Ky., the 31st day of July, 1873[sic], and would have been 58 years old the last day of this month. He was 12 years old when his then widowed mother moved to Texas, and settled at LaGrange. After a year or two the family moved permanently to this, Colorado county.

His only child, a daughter to whom he was tenderly devoted, died when she was only a few years old, and years afterwards he would sometimes weep at the mention of her name.

His wife, to whom he was devoted, survives him. Though a woman of superior determination and forcible character, she is overwhelmed with grief. The company of her amiable niece, Miss Prudie Taylor, who lives with her, seems to be her greatest solace. Her husband left her well provided for in insurance policies on his life and otherwise, which is a great blessing to her.

His aged mother, Mrs. Mary A. Ward, still lives, is a resident of Weimar, is in good health, and has the prospects of many more days on this earth.

Tears have welled to the writer’s eyes while writing this article, and his heart melts in sympathy for his wife, mother, and other bereaved ones.

Weimar, Texas, July 17th, 1895

Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1895

Barnett, Charlie

Death Of Charlie Barnett

Died, at Galveston, Monday morning, of paralysis. after an illness of over three years. Charlie Barnett, aged about 27 years. This young man was born and reared in this community. he was a son of Alonzo Barnett and a grandson of the late Mrs. M. A. Ward. In early life he, followed the printing trade, and his former employer speaks of him as being one of the brightest, quickest, most capable workers ever employed by him. Removing to Galveston several years ago he was attacked by ill health.

Upon the advice of his physician he returned to this section, while camping on the river north of town he became partially paralyzed. He was moved to town and from here taken on a cot to his home at Galveston. For over three years he was bed-ridden, until death finally relieved his sufferings. Charlie Barnett was a bright, industrious, capable young man. If he had an enemy in the world, the writer never knew of it. Every person in this community was certainly his friend, and his death is sincerely deplored. The remains were brought here Tuesday morning and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery. Rev. J. D. Worrell performing the last sad rites. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, July 15, 1910, page 5

Barnett, Freddie A.

Columbus Man Killed In Action In Vietnam War

Word was received Monday that S/Sgt. Freddie A. Barnett was killed in Vietnam Saturday, Jan. 17. He was the son of Fred A Barnett of Columbus. Mr. Barnett was reading a letter he had just received from his son when word came of his death.

Freddie, 32, is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Barnett of Columbus; his wife and three children; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Hinds, all of Brady; a half-brother, Max Barnett, with the Army and stationed at Ft. Bliss, and a step-brother and sister, Harold Barnett of Bay City and Mrs. Mildred Green of Lake Arthur, La.

Fred had been in the Army over ten years, this was his third trip to Vietnam. He was looking forward to coming home in July.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Colorado County Citizen, January 23, 1969

Barnett, Harold Lloyd


Harold Lloyd Barnett passed away Sept. 12 at Northern Cochise Community Hospital in Willcox, Ariz. [Place of interment unknown]

He was born in west Texas, Sept. 7, 1935 to Harold Montgomery and Daisy (Hile) Montgomery[Barnett]. As a teen in 1945, he worked at The Colorado County Citizen in a part-time position. In his teen years, he became known as a semi-pro boxer and he worked in the logwoods around Columbus cutting cedar fence posts and other logs for the family sawmill.

Upon graduating from Columbus High School in 1954, he married Betty Lou Kelley. He spent many years in the oil, gas and chemical industries, including technical sales and operation of an oil and gas well testing company. In 1981 he married Pamela Rolston in Houston. For much of the following decade, along with his son, Kelley, they operated an oil and gas well testing business based in the La Grange/Giddings area.

He retired to a small ghost town in the mountains of Southeast Arizona to pursue his interests of prospecting, relic hunting and total self-sufficiency through renewable energy.

He is survived by his wife of Willcox, Ariz.; mother, Daisy Hile Barnett Stone, of Columbus; daughters, Donna Wilmeth, of Fort Worth and Jackie Calp, of Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Kelley Barnett, of Humble; grandchildren: Brian Dunn, of Ireland, Stacey Barnett, of Corpus Christi and Lara Wilmeth, of Fort Worth; sister and brother-in-law, Midge and Tommy Bowman, of San Angelo; and brother and sister-in-law, Max and Maybelle Barnett, of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Barnett, John William

John William Barnett Dead

John William Barnett, eldest son of Alonzo Barnett, a former resident of this section, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Wm. Hagermann of Galveston, early Sunday morning, and the remains were brought to this city, his former home, for interrment[sic] in the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. G. T. Gibbons, pastor of the Methodist church, performing the funeral obsequies in a beautiful service. "Will" Barnett was born and raised in this section, engaged in farming at an early age, and remained a resident of this section up to about six or seven years ago, when he moved to Galveston. He was about, 43 years of age at the time of his death Of quiet disposition, steady character, honest to a fault, a friend to everyone who needed a friend, ready and willing at any time to render a service to those about him, he was beloved by all who knew him. Ill health was his portion during the later years of his life, but he remained the same companionable, good hearted "Will" as of yore. He was a nephew of the late Judge C. D. Barnett, and leaves surviving him a father, Alonzo Barnett, and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Hattermann[sic] and Mrs. Young, besides a large circle of relatives and friends who deeply deplore his untimely death. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 28, 1913

Barnett, Lee

Lee Barnett

Lee Barnett passed away on April 18 at the age of 83.

He was born in Eagle Lake, Texas on February 7, 1926. Lee was a wonderful husband, daddy, grandpa, and old grandpa.

When he was still a teenager, Lee joined the Navy, serving on the USS Kwajalein during WWII. While working in Langtry, Texas for Southern Pacific Railroad, he lived in an unheated old boxcar on the outskirts of town.

Lee returned to Eagle Lake where he worked for Tennessee Gas, to Bishop, Texas and finally Shoreacres, where he retired from Tenneco in 1987.

For ten years, Lee was a member of the La Porte School Board, serving in various capacities including secretary and president.

He was a proud volunteer of the La Porte Cemetery Association and a member of the La Porte Masonic Lodge. Lee was always there to help a friend or a stranger.

He was the original “Pay it Forward” guy, renowned for his unconditional friendship and love.

When his kids were growing up, Lee was an avid camper, spending time roughing it in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Missouri.

Lee enjoyed taking road trips, most recently making a trip to Big Bend to escape Hurricane Ike.

He liked to cook and people came from far and wide for his Heartburn Chili and his legendary Texas BBQ.

This old man had a wicked sense of humor, delighting those around him with his antics, especially his Groucho Marx walk.

Above all Lee loved God, country, and family.

He leaves behind his wife, Patricia Barnett; children, Linda Riley and husband, Sean, Daryl Barnett and wife, Doris, Martha Mulhausen and Doug; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday May 2 at 10 a.m. at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home Chapel, 201 South 3rd Street, La Porte, Texas, 77571, 281-471-0123.

In lieu of usual remembrances donations may be made to the La Porte Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1756, La Porte, TX 77572.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 30th, 2009

Barnett, Leona (Mehrens)

Final Rites For Mrs. B. A. Barnett

Funeral services for Mrs. B. A. (Leona) Barnett were held in the First Baptist Church in Rosenberg on Wednesday, April 24 at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Barnett passed away on Monday, April 24, after an illness of several months. She was born in Markham, Texas on March 17, 1907.  In young adulthood she married Bennie Barnett, who preceded her in death approximately 6 years ago. Since that time she had assisted as a nurse in the Richmond State School for Children in Richmond.

For several years the Barnetts were residents of the Lissie area, where they took an active part in the life of the church and other community affairs. There they made many good friends, and although Mrs. Barnett had moved to Rosenberg to care for he aged father and to be near her family, she returned frequently to visit with relatives and friends to whom each visit was a benediction. One son, Bill Barnett and three grandsons of Amarillo, Texas survive her. She also had four sisters, Mrs. C. L. Bailey and Mrs. James Lane of Rosenberg, Mrs. L. E. Ansel of Dilly, Texas and Mrs. M. J. Zumwalt of Little Rock, Ark. and two brothers, Clarence Mehrens of Bay City and the late Jack Mehrens of Rosenberg. Other relatives in the immediate area include Mrs. Carter Walker, Mrs. Henry Sunderman, Mrs. Jewel Dutcher, Miss Vina Lee Barnett and a host of friends. All shall sorely miss her loving, gentle, Christian presence in their midst, but rejoice that a kindly Heavenly Father has relieved her of pain and taken her unto Himself.

Eagle Lake Headlight May 18, 1972 page 3
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Barnett, Mattie D. (Curry)


Mrs. Mattie D. Barnett, age 81, of Eagle Lake, passed away November 26 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held November 29 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Runk, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Mrs. Barnett was born on July 29, 1903 in Grand Saline to C. M. Curry and Lizzie Hamlin Curry.

She was an Eagle Lake resident for almost 60 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake.

Preceeded[sic] in death by her parents and husband, "Red" Barnett.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Doris Jean Wine of LaPorte; a son, Lee Barnett of LaPorte; four sisters, Mrs. Charlcie Deavours of Claremont, CA, Mrs. Docia McDougal of Hobbs, NM, Mrs. Ethel Mullins and Mrs. Wallace Foster both of Lubbock, one brother, Eddie Curry of Lubbock eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Pallbearers included Walter Lee Bauer, Charlie Spalinger, Fred Frnka, John Brasher, Mike Canaris and Johnny Prazak.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 1984, page 2

Barnett, Prudence (Smalley)


Muchly Beloved. Ex-Resident of' Our City Passes Away at Austin

Relatives here were notified Thursday night of last week that Mrs. Prudence Barnett, wIdow of the late Judge C. D. Barnett, had been stricken with paralysis, this being the third attack of this fatal. complaint, and that the end was close at hand. Three hours later the spirit of this most estimable lady had gone unto its Creator. The remains were prepared for burial and shipped to this place Saturday morning, to be placed by the side of her beloved husband, who preceded her In death many years ago. The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and was in charge of Rev. G. T. Hester, local Methodist minister, who was assisted. In the funeral. service by Rev. J. B. DeGarmo, the evangelist, and Rev. M. C. Eidson, local Baptist minister. The ceremony was witnessed by a large crowd of sympathizing friends of the family. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, the grave being completely hidden from view as they were placed on and about the mound which contained the mortal remains of this most estimable and popular lady.

A touching part of the funeral service was the personaltribute paid to deceased and her husband by Rev. Isaac Sellers, a life-long friend of the family, which tribute was both beautiful and touching.

Active pallbearers were Jno. C. Hubbard, Dr. C. G. Cook, Ben B. Holt, R. H. Yoder, A. J. Ratliff and R. L. Watson. Honorary pall bearers were T. A. Hill, W. P. Watson, J. W, Holt, E. F. Shortt, Geo. Herder, Sr., W. A Van Alstyne and Rev. Isaac Sellers.

Mrs. Prudence Barnett,nee Smalley, was born at Litchfleld, Ill., in November, 1842, and; with her parents, came to Texas when about four years old. The family first settled near Buffalo Bayou, in the Houston section. As a girl, Mrs. Barnett lived for awhile at Columbus, where she attended school. At the close of the civii war she was married to Charles D. Barnett, at Columbus. With her husband she lived in Columbus for awhile, and here their first and only child, a daughter, was born. The little girl baby was spared to them only for a brief while, dying at an early age. The couple then moved to LaGrange for a short time, then to their farm between Content and Oakland, and from there moved to Weimar and located, residing here for many years. In 1890 Judge Barnett was tendered the appointment of superintendent of the Confederate Home at Austin under Gov. Hogg, and the couple moved there, to remain four years, after which they returned to., Weimar, Judge Barnett's death following in 1895. Mrs. Barnett for the last fourteen years of her life made her home with her beloved niece, Mrs. S. E. Rosengren, nee Miss Prudie Taylor, In Austin, at whose home her death occurred.

Mrs. Barnett was a member of the Methodist Church from early girlhood, was also a member of the Eastern Star, as well as numerous civic organizations, and in her early days was an active worker in every movement tending to the advancement and good of the community In which she lived. She was one of the most popular ladies that ever lived in this place. Her heart and sympathies were always with those in distress, and her deeds of charity were as numerous as the sands of the seashore. Kind-hearted, sympathetic, true as steel to her friends, of cheerful disposition, she was ever a welcome visitor in the homes of the community. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends throughout this section.
She leaves a sister, Mrs. Dorcas Newman of Morgan, Texas, brother, Andrew Smalley of Port Arthur, and two nieces, Mrs. S. E. Rosengren of Austin and Mrs. John H. Brooks of this city.

The Mercury tenders Its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones,

Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1920, page 1
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