B.J. Barnett, Jr.

September 14, 1947June 2, 2012

B.J. Barnett, 64, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012 at his home in Round Rock, Texas.

He was born September 14, 1947, to Burnam (Barney) and Marrietta (Marge) Barnett in Dayton, Ohio and was raised in Stamford, Texas. He met and married Susan Marie Miller, his wife of 43 years, in Abilene, Texas in 1969. Together they had two sons, Steven James Barnett, of Belton and Scott Edward Barnett, of Round Rock.

B.J. graduated from Stamford High School in 1966, attended East Texas State University then enlisted in the Army in 1968. He became a helicopter pilot and spent 6 months in North Vietnam before being shot down. He received a Purple Heart and a free 5 month stay at Darnall Army Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas. After recovery, he attended McMurray University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in business. He worked for Motorola after graduating and in 1979 started Design Communications in Abilene. He moved to Round Rock in 1991 building a beautiful home and oasis for his bride. Working for Matco Tools for 16 years he contemplated retirement prior to joining Hunter Engineering in 2006.

B.J. pursued many interests that provided for his family and incorporated his passion for flying, friends and adventure. He loved and was loved by his daughter-in-laws, Janet Barnett of Belton and Cassie Barnett of Round Rock and adored by his five grandchildren, Hannah Marie, Rachel Leigh and James Edward of Belton and Spencer Fredrich and Parker Susann of Round Rock. He also leaves behind his proud mother Marrietta “Marge” Barnett of Stamford and his loving sister Mary Pearson of Dallas. He has left us to join his daddy, Burnam “Barney” Barnett, in his next adventure.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the wounded warrior project. (


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 6, 2012

B.J. Barnett, Jr.

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Steve Barnett

July 3, 2013

I've told you this before…
You sure made the dad thing look easy!
(The husband thing too!)
Miss you.

Janet Barnett

July 3, 2013

To say we miss you is an understatement. I knew when we lost you things would change. You were always there for all of us and were the mastermind to our best adventures. I miss your words of wisdom, sense of humor and fun loving spirit. The only thing I find comforting is the belief that I know what you would say or do when I need to your advice. I look to you when I need help in helping Steve with the loss of you. Expressing these feelings and dealing with the pain is foreign to him. I know we will be all right, because, like you, Steve is a strong, loving man and wonderful father. I want to thank you for helping to make him the man he is, for all the wonderful memories and for making me feel like a daughter. I have no doubt you know I love you deeply!

Hannah Barnett

July 3, 2013

I can't even explain how much I miss you. I think about you and I know your watching over me everyday. I know you'll be there to watch me graduate, grow up, and I'll see you again one day. You were the greatest grandpa I could ask for. You were so fun and I have the best memories with you. I'm a lucky girl to have had you in my life. I know you loved us all so much and I hope you know how much I love you. It's been hard for us to adjust as a family without you. You were a remarkable man and you held us all together. Please continue watching out for me as I continue my life. I wish you could be here. Again, I love you and miss you dearly.
Hannah Maude

Rachel Barnett

July 3, 2013

I miss you!

James Barnett

July 3, 2013

Dear Papaw,
I miss you SO much. You always liked me just the way I am and made me feel important. We always had a lot of fun! I am a very lucky boy to have had such a GREAT Papaw!
BIG Hugs!

Jim McWilliams

January 16, 2013

BJ, It seems so long ago that we spoke-You were always a great listener and advisor on life-you were the older brother that I never had and we spoke dang near dailey for several years-I know you are in a great place now and we have to remember that we will all be together again-sharing stories and having even better times-save a hawaiian shirt for me!!!!!!!!!

Charles White

August 16, 2012

I saw on the Internet today that BJ passed away. I worked with BJ at Design for several years and helped him get started with Matco. BJ also started me flying and tought me a great deal during my time with him. I am very sorry for your families loss and please know he will be sorely missed.

August 10, 2012

9 Aug 12
I was on the internet today and saw an email with a name I thought was familiar. When I responded it was Marge Barnett who I had not had contact with for many years. She responded with the news about B.J. I was so sad to hear this news as I always thought of B.J. as the All America Boy. I was a crop duster pilot for Barney (his Dad) back in the 1960's. B.J. was a few years younger than me which made a difference, at our then young age, but later in life the difference is not so great. I had not seen B.J. since the late '60s but always thought of the family and wondered how they were doing. Barney, Marge, Mary and B.J.
I was almost like part of the family--not almost I was part of the family-- when I flew for Barney and "Allied Sprayers". When I got out of the Army I wanted to learn to fly. I started working for Barney, washing planes and what ever he had for me to do.He took me under his wing and taught me to fly. They were all a wonderful family and willing to help anyone at any time. They were really good to me and I have always remembered their kindness.
Due to Barney teaching me to fly I have flown most all over the world doing contract work and now work in Afghanistan. I live in Bogota, Colombia. Married to Margarita Maria Escobar Campbell. Maria never met the Barnetts but she would have loved them as a family just as I did.
B.J.-----had not seen you in a long time but always thought of you and sure going to miss seeing you around. They must have needed a good manager and a good person up there and had to take you early to help run things for them.
Marge, Mary, Words cannot express my sorrow. For Barney and now B.J.
Jerry M. Campbell

Michelle Axe Pounders

July 16, 2012

Susan, So sorry to hear about BJ, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My son has a love for helicopters and aviation and also stories of a wonderful man he never met.
In Him,
Michelle and Chase Pounders

Tom Kincaid

July 5, 2012

I did business with BJ when I was with GE Capital leasing Tool Trucks and BJ was a Matco DM. While I only saw BJ a few times in person at industry meetings, I enjoyed our many telephone conversations. When 70% of a work day is spent on the phone, one learns to read people. My experience with BJ is that he was always a gentleman, a class guy, a man of his word, and a true professional. I am very sorry for your loss.