Donald Ralph Barnett entered into heaven at peace and surrounded by family at his home in Monticello on June 11, 2021.
Born November 17, 1945 to Ralph and Jessie Nowlen Barnett, he was the only boy of five children.
Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially in his retirement. He was a gun enthusiast, a member of the National Rifle Association and always loved to show his wife “her” new gun. He loved spending time at the farm in Hampton and was known to be an avid snake killer. He was outgoing, loved being around people and loved to be a little on the mischievous side. Something that he loved more than outdoor sports and sharing his views on politics, was his family. “Pops”, as he was so lovingly called, absolutely loved his family. When asked how he was doing, he always answered “terribly well.” He let you interpret that however you saw fit. Even towards the end of his life, he always wanted to share a laugh or share a funny sentiment like “being finer than frog hair split three ways.”
Pops was a hard worker and believed in having a strong work ethic. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1963. He received his Arkansas State Board of Embalming and Funeral Directing license in 1972 and he received his State of Arkansas Insurance Department Agents license in 1976. He retired from Selected Funeral and Life Insurance as executive vice president after 32 years of service. He worked his way up from insurance salesman and was named insurance salesman of the year many times. Before selling insurance, he was a funeral home director for Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. He always called his insurance and funeral home coworkers his second family. He also owned Barnett Trucking Company and at one time was a police officer for the Drew County Sheriff’s Department.
Pops loved the Lord and was a member of Rose Hill Freewill Baptist Church where he attended with his family.
Donald is preceded in death by one son, Tommy Barnett of Conway; two sisters, Louise Russell of Monticello and Nadean Crawford of Jacksonville and his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda Duncan Barnett of Monticello; his children, Chris Barnett and his wife Darla of Monticello, Stephen Barnett and his wife Angela of Monticello, and Amye Barnett of Fayetteville; his granddaughters, Maggie Barnett of Monticello, Rachel Barnett of Monticello, Layne Barnett of Monticello and Nina Stephenson of Fayetteville; his great grandson, Salem of Fayetteville; his sisters Kay Ozment and husband David of Monticello and Reba Howell of Benton and a host of nieces, nephews, church family, loved ones and two fur babies, Sam and Ellie.
Visitation will be held at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home on June 13 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorials may bed made to Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 2130 Highway 35 W Monticello, AR 71655.