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
C. D. BARNETT IS DEAD
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.
H. C. QUIN.
Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1895
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
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
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