Obitary: James H. “Smokey” Barnett
James H. Barnett, 79, Warrensburg, Mo., formerly of Lawrence and Linwood, died Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Kansas City. Services were Monday at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel, Lawrence. Graveside services followed at the Leavenworth VA National Cemetery, Leavenworth. Visitation was Sunday, April 9, 2006 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the Church of Hope Building Fund, Centerview, Mo., in care of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel, 3821 W. 6th St., Lawrence KS 66049 (785) 841-3822.
Mr. Barnett was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Olathe. He was the son of Edward and Lucy Barnett. He graduated from Linwood High School in 1944 and joined the U.S. Army and the U.S. Merchant Marine. He served during World War II. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor for 29 years.
He was a member of the Church of Hope, Centerview, Mo., and Masonic Lodge No. 354 in Bremond, Texas. He was an avid fisherman and all-around sportsman and also enjoyed playing many different musical instruments.
On Sept. 15, 1946, he married Bonnie Ruth Barrett in Linwood. She survives at the home. Other survivors include four sons, Ora "Ed" Barnett, Snohanish, Wash.; Gerald Wayne Barnett, Bonner Springs; Thomas James Barnett, Sioux City, Iowa; and Joel Stuart Barnett, Lawrence; three daughters, LaRinda Sue McConnaughey, Linwood; Patty Lynn Elmer, Eudora; and Toni Lea Erickson, Lone Jack, Mo.; a sister, Elsie J. Snyder, Edwardsville; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his five brothers; one sister; a grandson, David Barnett; and a great-granddaughter, Madilyn Barnett.