John Thomas Barnhill

March 13, 1939August 3, 2018

John Barnhill, age 79, was born Monday, March 13th, 1939 and passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018.

John served the community as a first responder EMT Firefighter and Fire Captain of the Denison Fire Department for over 34 years.

He served 4 years in the Navy before he returned to Denison to marry the love of his life, Marlene Nunley. After 47 years of marriage she preceded him in death. He also owned Barnhill Electrical Service for many years.

He was the son of JT Barnhill and Ann Powers Barnhill and brother of Beverly Ann Bell and Mary Jane Curtis.

He was an elder in the Lake Texoma congregation of Jehovah Witnesses where he spent many hours of service in the ministry and Bible teaching activity in this area.

John is survived by his children Terri Daugherty and husband Paul of Paradise, TX, Jennifer Barnhill of Dallas metroplex area, and Allison Barnhill of San Francisco, CA.

He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He also had many nieces and nephews.

John took special care of his sister, Mary Curtis, and he was especially fond of his nephew, Joe Mitchell Torres.

He was known by his friends as JB. John never met a stranger and would do anything for anyone. He was loved by all of his many friends and his family and will be greatly missed. What a hole is left in our hearts.

Memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 2401 S. College Blvd. at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 11th; Ted Hoeller will officiate.

Family will be at 308 W. Murry St. after the memorial service.

There will be a private family memorial at Spanish Fort, TX at a later date.


  • J.T. Barnhill, Father
  • Ann Barnhill, Mother
  • Marlene Barnhill, Wife
  • Beverly Ann Bell, Sister
  • Mary Jane Curtis, Sister
  • Terri Daugherty & husband Paul, Daughter
  • Jennifer Barnhill, Daughter
  • Allison Barnhill, Daughter
  • Mr. Barnhill also leaves 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

John Thomas Barnhill

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Laura Floyd

August 11, 2018

My husband and I had the privilege of working with John for several years till he retired. I was an EMTP, 911 dispatcher for denison. My hubby, Tom was an EMTP/FF.

After a very stormy evening, the trucks finally returned, and the Capt. had to fill out "Txfers"; reports to the state as to where the engines went and what they did. I had to generate these reports initially. That evning we had 13or 14 Txfers. These, plus ambulance calls, kept me very busy.

John poked his head in dispatch and with a grin, asked "are the Txfers ready"? (he knew they couldn't possibly be done yet) I turned and glared at him. He said "I guess not",

He was a lovely, gentle man . Heavens gain is our loss.

Debbie (Linder) Watt

August 9, 2018

Terri and Jennifer, though it has been many years since we've seen each other I've never forgotten our friendship. Your family was very special to me and created some special memories from those years we spent growing up together. I was so sorry to hear about you dad and I wanted to let you know that I am profoundly sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.....

Kevin Clay

August 4, 2018

I was honored to work with JB for 2 1/2 years in the late 70's. I'll never forget his face, always smiling, always upbeat. We received personal calls through city hall. The fire dept. extensions were line 10 and 11. I was told I had a call on extension 11. JB walked through the station saying "Kevin 11- Kevin 11. The nickname stuck. Every time JB saw me, he'd say "Kevin 11." Through the years when I'd stop by the fire station, JB would smile and say "Kevin 11." JB loved his family. I went to grade school with his daughter Jennifer. JB was fun to work with. We played multiple card games, shot pool, and played ping pong. When the fire bell rang, games were over. JB was all business on the fire ground. I will miss JB and I pray for his family for peace and comfort. I know in my heart that John Barnhill is in the arms of our savior.