John H. Barnett

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“Our memories of you have not dimmed. You will be forever missed. Some friends and family are really special. You are one of that group. I...Read More »
1 of 86 | Posted by: Sue German - Scott, AR

“Dear PCC John, it is very hard to say "good bye" to such a beautiful man whose life was cut short way too early. The Lion Motto "To Serve" was your...Read More »
2 of 86 | Posted by: Cheryl Anderson - Jenison, MI

“Wanda, we are so sorry to hear about John. I know this is a very hard time for you. We think of you-all often. It's been our honor to get to know you...Read More »
3 of 86 | Posted by: Rod Bach - Monmouth, OR - friend

“Wanda, I tried leaving a message for you the other day. In case you did not get it, I want to so much express my sorrow and sadness with this...Read More »
4 of 86 | Posted by: Ron Fischer - Texarkana, TX

“LOVE YOU !!!!! ”
5 of 86 | Posted by: BRAD SIMS - NLR, AR

“Wanda, I do not know if my message sent earlier, saved or if you received it. I would like to have your number so I can call you later. I lost...Read More »
6 of 86 | Posted by: Ron Fischer - Texarkana, TX

“We met John & Wanda nearly a year ago at the re-charter of the Worthington, Ohio Lions Club. Jim's Sister: Mary Jane Pryde Kayser had just married...Read More »
7 of 86 | Posted by: Jim & Fran Pryde - Worthington, OH

“We were so sorry to hear about John's passing so unexpectedly. He came to Massachusetts and helped us begin a new club in Beverly. My husband Bob...Read More »
8 of 86 | Posted by: Donna and Bob Hartshorn - Lynn, MA

“Dear Wanda, Brandon and family Words seem so inadequate in times like these to express our feelings. Know that in the coming days you will continue...Read More »
9 of 86 | Posted by: John and Janet Jamieson - Enid, OK

“Wanda and Family,Especially Brandon, Words cannot express the great sadness that Franny and I feel for you and your family. John was the most...Read More »
10 of 86 | Posted by: Franny and Virginia Rodriguez - OK

“Wanda and family: What a loss to all! Our prayers are with you. John was such a dedicated volunteer and inspired so many of us to greater good....Read More »
11 of 86 | Posted by: Rick and Marsha Myers - Fremont, NE

“My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting John and Wanda for a guidling lions training. John was a wonder speaking and a joy to get to know. ...Read More »
12 of 86 | Posted by: Diane & Scott Quinlan - CA

“John, I will miss you so much. You and Wanda are so very precious to our family. You and your wonderful smile will be missed forever. ”
13 of 86 | Posted by: Sue German - Marion, AR

“Dear Lion Wanda, My heart goes out to you and your family over the loss of John. Was only last month that the 2 of you came all the way up here,...Read More »
14 of 86 | Posted by: Roberta DeFraga - Gentry, AR

“Wanda and the Barnett Family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this very difficult time. John was a mentor in Lionism to me and I am...Read More »
15 of 86 | Posted by: Tony Anthony - Camden, AR

“Wanda and family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We consider the times we spent together a gift that enriched us both. Thank you so much for...Read More »
16 of 86 | Posted by: Lions Pat & Bill Erickson - MI

“Thanks for the Memories .....This is so very hard for all of us to do...Say Goodbye to you. I am glad to have know you all these years. To your...Read More »
17 of 86 | Posted by: Mary & David Crocker - AR

“Dear Wanda and Family, There are no words of comfort during this time of grief. Please know there are those who are praying for Jesus to...Read More »
18 of 86 | Posted by: Cindy Wilkinson - Little Rock, AR

“We have lost a true friend. John was a super guy that was always uplifting to everone around him. I spoke with him more than once in December. He...Read More »
19 of 86 | Posted by: Don McMillen - Greenbrier, AR

“Wanda, Lives are filled with mileposts along the way, and one of my favorite ones is when I met you and John. In my brief travels with John as he...Read More »
20 of 86 | Posted by: Tony Hendrix - Crossett, AR

“My thoughts and prayers are with John's family at this time. ”
21 of 86 | Posted by: Ruth Baker - England, AR

“Wanda and Family, It is with great sorrow when I heard of my Masonic Brother and fellow Lion passing. I and my wife send you and your family our...Read More »
22 of 86 | Posted by: Joseph Talvy - Tucson, AZ

“Wanda & Family, We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of John. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
23 of 86 | Posted by: Kathy & NIck Barba, Jr. - AR

“Wanda-You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. John was one of life's treasures. When he telephoned he always called Bob "the High...Read More »
24 of 86 | Posted by: Bob & Sandra Furlow - Ogden, AR

“Wanda: Elaine and I are so sorry about John. He was a great Lion and loved serving the organizaion as you well know. He was so much help in our...Read More »
25 of 86 | Posted by: Lion Lonnie Early - Texarkana, TX

“On behalf of myself and the Diamondhead Lions Club, we wish to convey our deepest sympathy for your loss. John was an inspiration in many ways to so...Read More »
26 of 86 | Posted by: Jeanne Zdziarski - Hot Springs, AR

“We were deeply saddened to hear about John. Words are never quite enough to truly express the grief and loss you are experiencing for the loss of...Read More »
27 of 86 | Posted by: Don & Joyce McKenzie - Wynne, AR

“Wanda and family, I like many Lions throughout the United States and around world was very sad to hear of John's passing. His memory and passion...Read More »
28 of 86 | Posted by: Jim Ervin - Albany,, GA

“The Lions of Diomndhead will miss John. We send our love and sympathies to Wanda and Brandon. ”
29 of 86 | Posted by: Gregory Pallitto, Diamndhead Lions Club - AR

“John has done so much for our district working tirelessly helping us start new Lions clubs. He is with our Father,but he will never be forgotten. ”
30 of 86 | Posted by: carl schonborg - Bartlesville, OK

“They say it take's but a minute to meet a friend a moment to know a friend but a life time to forget a friend. We know that John will be remebered...Read More »
31 of 86 | Posted by: M.P. "Mike" Butler - Kerrville, TX

“John Barnett has been such a good friend for many years. Both he and Wanda are the finest examples of what service really means. We certainly will...Read More »
32 of 86 | Posted by: Floyd & Marge Miller - Twin Falls, ID

“John will be greatly missed by those who knew & loved him. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him. His love for Brandon & the other...Read More »
33 of 86 | Posted by: Pam Raspberry - Bryany, AR

“It is with great sadness that we send you our heartfelt condolences at John's passing. It is never easy to find the words to describe the feelings...Read More »
34 of 86 | Posted by: Hot Springs Jesse D. Hawkins Lions Club - AR

“Dear Wanda and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss of John and send our sincere condolence to you and your family. Our prayers and...Read More »
35 of 86 | Posted by: Ken and Wanda Schierling - AZ

“There's not enough space to tell of the Love we feel for John and Wanda. God hasn't given man those special words yet. I know you can't here me John,...Read More »
36 of 86 | Posted by: Doug and Darliene - Weatherford, OK

“Wanda, So sorry for your great loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy ”
37 of 86 | Posted by: Kathy (Carmicahel) Girndt - AR

“Our prayers and thoughts are with Wanda and family ”
38 of 86 | Posted by: Harry Tabor - Louisville, MS

“Wanda & Family: My heart grieves for you and for the community of mankind. John was blessed with such a gift for compassion, empathy, and Action...Read More »
39 of 86 | Posted by: Bill Russell - Maumelle, AR

“My thoughts & prayers are with all the family. Lion John was a nice man who helped us with the Barling Lions Club. He always had a warm, smiling face...Read More »
40 of 86 | Posted by: Beth Smith - Barling , AR

“Dear Wanda and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. John was a warm and gracious gentleman who gave freely of his time and talent. On...Read More »
41 of 86 | Posted by: Francine Murphy-Brillon (DG d.42) - RI

“Wanda & Family, I was saddened to hear what happened to John after his operation and seemed to be on the road to recovery. We had talked by phone in...Read More »
42 of 86 | Posted by: PDG Lion Forrest Cheuvront - AZ

“The MJM and the world's Lion will miss his wise council, ”
43 of 86 | Posted by: Lion Al Coir - Phoenix, AZ

“John and I were Kmart managers in Texarkana. We traveled to many meetings over the years together.He always had a postive outlook on life.Enjoyed...Read More »
44 of 86 | Posted by: Mike Pittman - Bella Vista, AR

“I was accepted in the Maumelle Lions Club last August. That gave me the opportunity and privilege of meeting John on the ocassions he visited ...Read More »
45 of 86 | Posted by: David Ward - Maumelle, AR

“Wanda, Wow, what a legacy John leaves! Our prayers are with you and your family and our memories are too many to list them all. We especially...Read More »
46 of 86 | Posted by: Ben & Carolyn Brown - TALLAHASSEE, FL

“Wanda, we were shocked and saddened by the death of John. The whole event seems so surreal. You are in our prayers during this horrible time. ”
47 of 86 | Posted by: James and Claudia Griffin - Hope, AR

“To Wanda and Family, Sorry for your loss . Our prayers and sympathy are with you and your family. We will Miss John a great Lion and friend. ...Read More »
48 of 86 | Posted by: Jacob Dasho 2nd. VDG and Karen - MI

“To Wanda and Family: May God's blessings be a comfort to you during this time of sorrow. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss. ”
49 of 86 | Posted by: Robert DeVinney - AR

“To Wanda & Family, John's time here on earth was so very special. As you know, we always felt that John was a part of our family or that we were a...Read More »
50 of 86 | Posted by: Doug and Mollie Barnette - AR

“PCC Lion John was a wonderful individual and fantastic Lion. He was instrumental in encouraging me to move into a Lions leadership role by...Read More »
51 of 86 | Posted by: DG Rich Fischer - Calico Rock, AR

“Dear Wanda, Dee and I are thankful that we had the time to know John and loved his kindness and support. Everyone likes being around him and he...Read More »
52 of 86 | Posted by: Larry and Dee Coy - Maumell, AR

“John was a good man, a good Lion and a good friend. His voice and warm greetings will be sadly missed. To Wanda and Brandon, your loss is great. ...Read More »
53 of 86 | Posted by: Dave O'Brien - Methuen, MA

“Thanks for all of the good memories of times past, spent with you. ”
54 of 86 | Posted by: Bernard Lee - Scranton, KS

“To Family of John All my prayers and sympathy go out to all your family. May god be with you all during this time. We lost a great Lion in John. ”
55 of 86 | Posted by: Keith Cregar, PDG - Mt Morris , MI

“Thanks for your committment and service. ”
56 of 86 | Posted by: Joan and Bruce Davis - AR

“I can still hear John's voice as I answered the phone and would here "hey Sugar"! I will truly miss my friend John. He was the finest man ever and...Read More »
57 of 86 | Posted by: Deanna Rostock - Boise, ID

“John was one of the most gracious gentlemen I have met. He gave generously of his time and his talent for the benefit of others. He will be missed,...Read More »
58 of 86 | Posted by: Patti Hill - friend

“John greeted each and every person that he that he met with an outstretched hand of friendship. His willingness to offer assistance to other Clubs...Read More »
59 of 86 | Posted by: Carl & Marilyn Foreman - AR

“Wanda, I don’t know how to express to you how sorry Rosa and I are for your loss. The Lions of RI are deeply saddened for John’s passing. We...Read More »
60 of 86 | Posted by: Domingos G. Branco - Cumberland, RI

“Please know that our prayers will be with you in the coming days. ”
61 of 86 | Posted by: Eddie Addison

“John was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be missed by Lions everywhere. We feel blessed to have known him. We were so happy to get to...Read More »
62 of 86 | Posted by: Tom & Susan Cooney - Branson, MO

“God sends people in our lives and I will forever be Thankful that he put three very special people in my life, John, Wanda and Brandon. Lions...Read More »
63 of 86 | Posted by: Darleen Wheelington - Camden, AR

“I just cannot fathom lions without John's imput and contributions. John and I have been friends since the first day I met him. His zest for life was...Read More »
64 of 86 | Posted by: Earl & Mary Sears - Russellville, AR

“John will be sorely missed by all. His memory will remain in our hearts forever. ”
65 of 86 | Posted by: Laura Walls - Boise, ID - friend

“John was one of a kind and we were privileged to have known him. Have never known anyone as kind and loving and considerate of others. He has left...Read More »
66 of 86 | Posted by: Don & Lois Drake - Midway, AR

“Please take the good will of Lionism with you and share with all, as you have done here. ”
67 of 86 | Posted by: R. Terry Kerbs, D.C. - AR

“Dear Wanda, Your fellow Lions everywhere share your loss. We loved it when you came to Conway to spend time with us and to share your love and...Read More »
68 of 86 | Posted by: Jim Davidson - Conway, AR

“John was a truly committed, passionate individual. It was a privilege to have met him through Lions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire...Read More »
69 of 86 | Posted by: Crossett Lions Club - Crossett, AR

“Wanda, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during the loss of John. I remember meeting you and John many years ago in Memphis...Read More »
70 of 86 | Posted by: Phyliss Fry - Conway, AR

“Wanda: I know words can not say enogh for how sorry I am for your lose. John was a wonderful man, he was so loved by all who knew him. I always felt...Read More »
71 of 86 | Posted by: Bobby Tanner - Lonoke, AR

“Wanda, we will celebrate John life and all the great contributions he has made to his world and the people he has touched. When we get a new Lions...Read More »
72 of 86 | Posted by: Ken Swanson - Bella Vista, AR

“Wanda, We were deeply saddened to hear of Johns passing. He was a great Lion,-- a mentor and friend to many. You have our deepest sympathy and...Read More »
73 of 86 | Posted by: Bill and Vickie Phillipi - KS

“John was a great and willing servant. He will be sorely missed by those who love him and those he touched. As a Lion he gave sight, hearing and...Read More »
74 of 86 | Posted by: Brad Baker - Jonesboro, AR

“Dear Wanda, We are deeply saddened to learn of John's death, he will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this...Read More »
75 of 86 | Posted by: Bill and Dorothy Wunder - Wichita, KS

“You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back, or you can open...Read More »
76 of 86 | Posted by: DG Jennifer Carey & Robert Carey - AR

“John was truly a GREAT Lion and fiend. I learned so much from him, every time he came to central Oklahoma to help build Lions Club. He will be...Read More »
77 of 86 | Posted by: Mike and Linda Webb - OK - Lions

“Lion John was a wonderful friend and a great Lion who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. ”
78 of 86 | Posted by: Gary J. Taylor - mannford, OK

“Wanda, Brandon, and family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. John was my 'special buddy' and I will always...Read More »
79 of 86 | Posted by: Miriam Lonon - Fayetteville, AR

“We are so sorry to hear of Johns Passing! Wanda We are continuing to Pray for you and Your Family in this time of sadness! We will always appreciate...Read More »
80 of 86 | Posted by: Duane & Norine Westerbeck - AR

“John was a wonderful friend and Lion to both of us. His sweet smile, soft spoken words, and wonderful personality will always be remembered. He did...Read More »
81 of 86 | Posted by: PID Ed & Linda McCormick - KS

“Wanda, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Dianne and I, both, counted John as a good friend and an exceptional fellow Lion. He...Read More »
82 of 86 | Posted by: Bob and Dianne WIlliams - AR

“The Heavens received an awesome angel when they received Lion John. He was an amazing man and a true friend to all. His contagious smile and soft...Read More »
83 of 86 | Posted by: Lions Jim and Tina Canon - WV

“To Wanda, Brandon and the Barnett family, John Barnett was one of the finest people I have ever known in my life. He was my mentor and my...Read More »
84 of 86 | Posted by: Leanna Rich - Jacksonville, AR

“Lion John was a Great Lion who will not only be missed by family and friends ,but by Lions everywhere. He was a great help to us in Dist. 11-D-1 in...Read More »
85 of 86 | Posted by: Joseph A Gwizdala - Bay City , MI

“My deepest sympathy to you, Wanda and family. Praise God he is home with Jesus, and my husband, too.. ”
86 of 86 | Posted by: Sydney Scarbrough - Prairie Grove, AR


John H. Barnett, 68, of England took his Father by the hand and entered Heaven on Thursday, January 5, 2012. He was born August 17, 1943 in Fairfield, Alabama to the late John E. and Ruth Tillery Barnett.
He was a member of Crystal Hill Assembly of God. John joined Lions Club in 1974 in North Little Rock. He transferred to Texarkana in 1976 where he joined the Texarkana Noon Lions Club (A Founders Club). He was a member of the Gravel Ridge Lions Club and a new club consultant for Lions Clubs International in the New Club Extension Program, being one of five initially chosen from approximately 400,000. John was appointed by Governor Huckabee to serve on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Commission for the Blind. He was past board member and chairman of the Board of the March of Dimes, Crime stoppers of Texarkana, past board member, treasurer and board chairman of Salvation Army (served seven years), city wide Campaign Chairman United Way of Greater Texarkana, past member of Texarkana Toastmasters, past chairman of the Boys Scouts Food Drive and past board member of Four States Fair Association. He was a Mason/Shriner and in 1993 he won the prestigious "Wilbur Award" for work in civic affairs -2nd- recipient for this city wide award.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Wanda L. (Sims) Barnett, of England; son, Randy Barnett and wife, Gail; daughter, Beverly "Buffy" Stewart and husband, Derek, all of Alabama; brother, Ray Barnett and wife, Linda, of North Carolina; sister, Connie Lawson and husband, Paul, of Alabama; grandchildren, Jonathan Stewart, Trevor Stewart, Rachel Barnett and Grace Barnett; a Special Angel, Brandon Sims; and extended family and friends.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. He possessed a love for life that will not be replaced. He will be missed by everyone that he has touched throughout his great life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gravel Ridge Lions Club, 202 Rita Drive, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday in the North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mulberry Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nrlfh.com.

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