Collier Barnett

December 6, 1933March 6, 2013
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Collier Barnett, 79, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 6 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas surrounded by his cherished wife, family and friends. Collier lived his life to the fullest and will be remembered by those who knew him as a man of integrity, generosity, compassion and enthusiasm. He was always full of heart. Collier graduated from New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, IL and Princeton University in 1956 and served 2 years as an officer in the US Navy from 1956 – 1958. Collier has lived in Dallas since 1978 and in recent years split his time between Dallas and his summer home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Collier embraced challenge and distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur, having started more than 5 successful ventures during his professional life, including Barnett TeleDirectors, Ltd; Lone Star Amusements; Auto Vend; and Payroll Central, Inc. Collier was an avid sportsman and competitor, starting in his youngest days as a high school varsity football player and throughout his life as he participated in many sports activities. His best days were spent with friends on the golf course, and playing tennis and croquet. He loved all games - board games, card games, especially gin and bridge. Collier was a devoted servant starting as an Eagle Scout. He served on mission trips to Honduras in connection with St. Luke’s Church and is a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrews. He was a member of the Dallas Ski Club, Trillium Links and Lake Club, Cedar Creek Racquet Club and the Cooper Aerobics Center. Above all else, Collier loved spending time with his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife, Gail Ransom Barnett, his children, Sally Jourden and her children Steven and Nicholas; Steven Barnett and his children Sarah and Samantha; and Hilary and Langley Steinert and their children, Nicholas, Max and Alexis. The family would like to thank Dr. Minal Barve, Dr. Divi Puttagunta, Dr. Gregory Pollock, Dr. Riva Rahl and the Cooper Clinic for their excellent care. A service in memory and in celebration of Collier Barnett’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5923 Royal Lane in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Mary Lee’s House, A Child Protection and Advocacy Center in Tampa Florida,; or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX; or Good Shepard Episcopal Church, Cashiers, NC; or St. Paul’s Anglican Church, San Miguel de Allende. Mexico (Address: PMB 114A, 220 N Zapata Hwy, Ste 11, Laredo, TX 78043-4464)


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Lana & Tommy Valenta

March 30, 2013

Dearest Gail, we have been gone for several weeks and just learned if Collier's return to The Lord. I am so sorry for your precious loss, and that we were not here to be with you. Collier Barnett was an amazing man in his love of you, family, life and most of all in his passion and joy in God! We will always remember his courage and smiles through adversity--watching him made me cry and celebrate all at the same time. We love you, Gail, and hope to see you int the mountains soon.

Georgette Imbesi

March 26, 2013

Betsy Everidge

March 18, 2013

Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Collier have always been so sweet to me and I will miss his smile. I pray that you will find peace in the love of family and friends, knowing how much Collier was loved.

Pat Handley

March 15, 2013

From time to time The Lord creates a remarkable human whose life reflects the glory of the Lord, and to me, Collier was such a one. Anyone who spent any time in his presence would come away feeling they had been in the presence of a love greater than just human love. Collier reflected the love of Christ in the way he lived his life and the way he loved and honored others. His radiant smile was the beautiful outward manifestation of the love of His Lord, whom Collier wanted to emulate. I am grateful to have been considered a friend to Collier and my life is all the richer! John17:20-21
Thank you Collier, and his dear Gailie!

Melissa Knight

March 15, 2013

Many years ago, I was lucky enough to work with Collier and his infectious smile that I looked forward to seeing every day. I've not forgotten many the lessons I learned from him and they've served me well. He'll be missed, but will always be remembered as well. Steve, Gail and the rest of the family are all in my prayers.

Hank Miller

March 14, 2013

He was a great guy, I will miss his warmth, humor and frienship. Gail you are in my thoughts and prayers.

March 14, 2013

Gail, how blessed you were to have Collier in your life. He was such an honorable man, loved you very much and was so proud of you.I always admired the deep religious faith that the two of you shared. You are special and very loved.
Sandra and Charlie
Sandra and Charlie

Karen Lamie

March 13, 2013

Collier was lucky to have you Gail. You are a ray of sunshine and the best thing that ever happened to Collier.
May your light forever shine and may Collier's memory never dim.
We love you!
Karen (and David) Lamie
(Collier's niece)

March 12, 2013

I think the most memorable thing about Collier was how much he loved you, Gail. I hope that brings you comfort.
Abrazos y besos,
Susan Moore


March 12, 2013

I so enjoy hearing the stories of COllier. He will forever be alive in the hearts of his family and friends. I am sure Steve still has many stories of his dad to share.
Take comfort in God's loving arms today and always.
My prayers and thoughts are with you today!
Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted