Neil Russell Barnett

July 24, 1948 - November 24, 2013

Neil Russell Barnett, age 65, of Blue Ridge, Texas, passed away on November 24, 2013, in McKinney, Texas.  He was born July 24, 1948 in McKinney, Texas, to Phillip and Lamarteen (Whited) Barnett.  On February 14, 1982, Neil married Terri Fletcher in Garland, Texas.  He served as a Garland Police Officer for 13 years, and retired as Personnel Director for the city after 30 years of service.  Neil was past president of the Frognot Water Corporation and also served as a board member for Blue Ridge Cemetery.  He loved being on his motorcycle, finding peace on the road wherever he traveled.  He also enjoyed woodworking, using wood from places special to him to create works of art as gifts for his family and friends.  

He is survived by his wife, Terri Barnett of Blue Ridge, Texas; daughter, Cindi Burns and husband Joey of Garland, Texas; son, Phillip Barnett of Phoenix, Arizona; sister, Beth Johnson and husband Eddie of Farmersville, Texas; granddaughter, Hailey Burns of Garland, Texas; and nephew, Brett Johnson of Farmersville, Texas.

Neil is preceded in death by his parents.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be planned at a later date.



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Terri, My heart and thoughts are with you. Neil fought a long good fight against his nemesis. TQM, Lee Veal, March 12, 2014 I am so sorry to learn of the loss of Neil. Although I didn't know him personally, it is always sad to learn that a family has lost a loved one. I hope the 'God of all comfort' will help your family during this sad time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Hayden P, December 11, 2013 I did not know Neil very well and had not seen him much over the years except at pistol qualifications. I remember Neil from my police academy days in 1980 when he was one of our instructors. He was tough on us but he helped make us good cops. He was a special person. My prayers go out to his family and know that God is taking care of him. David Roehrig, December 4, 2013 Terri, I am so sorry for your loss. You were so lucky to have found your soul mate. I have told several that yours was a real fairy tale relationship. I am thinking of you. I Love You!! Pat McLain, December 3, 2013 A Happy Man When these graven lines you see, Traveller, do not pity me; Though I be among the dead, Let no mournful word be said. Children that I leave behind, And their children, all were kind; Near to them and to my wife, I was happy all my life. My three sons I married right, And their sons I rocked at night; Death nor sorrow never brought Cause for one unhappy thought. Now, and with no need of tears, Here they leave me, full of years,-- Leave me to my quiet rest In the region of the blest. - Edwin Arlington Robinson Kate Red Grimwood, December 3, 2013 We lost a friend and the world lost one of the “good guys”. I don’t think I can recall seeing Neil when he wasn’t smiling. We wish that he had more years. But, those he had, he used well, seizing each moment and making it his own. The last time I saw Neil, he stopped by my place here in Glen Rose on his Harley. He was happy and at peace; and looking just like the young man I met in 1975 when we both responded to a burglary call as Garland police officers. I will miss you, Neil. Martin Brown, December 2, 2013 oh, my goodness. heaven is a much kinder, nicer place with neil there. we will meet again, my old friend. christi f. barnett, December 1, 2013