Jack Lyndel Barnett, 86, West Plains, Missouri, passed away at 1:58 p.m., Monday, September 12, 2022, at West Vue Nursing Center.
He was born September 24, 1935, in Naylor, Butler County, Missouri, the oldest child of Clarence Leonard Barnett and Verda Mae Gwaltney Barnett. Jack graduated from Bentley High School in Burton, Michigan. On May 31, 1959, he was married at Flint, Michigan, to Sandra Hartman, who preceded him in death on September 27, 2017. Mr. Barnett lived in the Flint, Michigan area from three years old until 2018, then he moved between Flint, Michigan and West Plains, Missouri. During their retirement years, Jack and Sandy enjoyed several homes throughout the country including Tucson, Arizona, Mountain Home, Arkansas and Sebewaing, Michigan. Jack began working in the appliance repair business at a young age. He became a partner in the same business and eventually became the sole owner of Saginaw Valley Service. This business continues to live on with his son being the owner now. Jack was an avid golfer, hunter and gun collector. Several of his hobbies have been passed down to his children and grandchildren. He made many lifelong friends through his activities. His love of his Labrador retrievers was shared by both him and Sandy; you would never see them without their dogs. The last dog, Zora, was loved by the entire community where they lived in Tucson. They used to tell stories of how the Zora would go from one house to another greeting the residents. Mr. Barnett was a member of the First Baptist Church of West Plains. He will be missed by family and friends.
He is survived by three children, Jack Bradley Barnett (Brenda), Clio, Michigan, Sheila Barnett, Flint, Michigan and Lisa Barnett Eskew (Bill), West Plains; six grandchildren, Melissa Eskew Blagg (Tye), West Plains, Matthew Eskew (Hallie), West Plains, Michael Eskew (Abby), Springfield, Missouri, Breanna Barnett, Midland, Michigan, Bradley Barnett, Fenton, Michigan and Jacob Barnett, Flint, Michigan; seven great-grandchildren, Lillian Blagg, Mariah Blagg, Rylie Eskew, Aliyah Eskew, Audrey Eskew, Oliver Barnett and Ezra Eskew; two sisters, Shirley Barnett Hockin and Joyce Barnett Burt; one brother, Douglas Barnett; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and wife preceded him in death.
Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.