OBITUARY

John Olen Barnette

April 10, 1928June 16, 2021

Funeral service for John Olen Barnette, 93, of Decatur will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021. Friends and family will be received from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Roselawn Funeral Home. Graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 pm at Johnson Chapel Cemetery, Danville, officiated by Pastor Royce Teague. Mr. Barnette died Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at his residence. He was born April 10, 1928 in Jefferson County to John James Barnette and Leether Smith of Cullman. He married Hilda Aldridge Barnette of Morgan County. He was formerly employed at the Alabama Hosiery Mill until 1956 and then took employment at Monsanto, Decatur, where he retired as Maintenance Coordinator in 1983. He was an outstanding self-taught taxidermist, a hunting and fishing enthusiast, and a champion gardener. He was a model father and friend always teaching the meaning of a “servant’s heart” by example. He was preceded in death his wife, Hilda Barnette 1929-2010. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Barnette Finley and Patricia Barnette Davies (Decatur); one son, John Stephen Barnette (Priceville); one sister, Betty Nix (Cullman); one brother, Larry Barnette (Priceville); four half-sisters, Jean Drake, Faye Montgomery, Anne Smith (all of Cullman) and Joyce Brown (Florida); two half-brothers, James Barnette (Jasper), Bill Barnette (Cullman), six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Michael Barnette, John Barnette, Josh Davies, Ben Finley, Josh Haney, and Ashley Mclntyre. Isaiah 57:2 “Those who walk uprightly enter into peace, they find rest as they lie in death” In lieu of flowers, family request that memorial contributions be made to one of the following: International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Committee on Church Cooperation, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, or Meals on Wheels.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Heather Aldridge

June 17, 2021

Mr. Barnette was an amazing neighbor to me and my daughter for so many years. We have so many wonderful memories of him and his precious wife and he will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and love to Patty and the rest of his family during this time.
Love,
Heather & Savannah Aldridge

Jen Davis

June 17, 2021

Dear Patti and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear about your father passing. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you and keep you always. 🙏 🙏 ❤
Sincerely,
Jen W. Davis

Sandra Couch

June 17, 2021

Patti I am so sorry to hear about your dad please know that I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love Sandra

Myron Mooney

June 17, 2021

Dear Barnette Family,
Mr. Barnette was a great encouragement and blessing to me over the decades at church. I appreciate him driving me to college for my first semester. Our family has many of his "trophies" hanging on the walls of our homes. We will always remember him.
I wish so much that I could see the family at this time, but I am traveling to a funeral in Greenville, SC.
Please be assured that we are praying for God's comfort for you all. Love in Christ,
Myron Mooney

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY