Leland Edward Barnett, 74, of Crossett, passed away on August 3, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Barnett was a 1959 graduate of Crossett High School. After graduation, he attended Northeast Louisiana University. He was a regular attendant of the Stamps School of Gospel Music and he and his brothers and parents were hosts of a Sunday Morning Gospel Hour on KAGH where they shared their love of gospel music with others. The Barnett family was the 2007 recipients of the Ashley County Gospel Music Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contribution to Gospel music in Ashley County.
Mr. Barnett was a former music director for Temple Baptist Church in Crossett and worked for Georgia-Pacific as a carpenter and painter foreman before becoming a self-employed licensed and bonded contractor.
He loved to crappie fish, hunt and play the piano. More than anything he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and extended family. He loved “good” southern gospel music. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett and loved his men’s Sunday School Class.
He was born on February 2, 1940 in Crossett and was the son of the late Leroy and Sybil Ware Barnett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Lee Barnett.
Mr. Barnett is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bettye Morgan Barnett; his three children and their spouses, Debbie Barnett Parks (Ricky Joe), Meleah Barnett Rainey (Jeff), Lee Barnett, Jr. (Robin) all of Crossett; his grandchildren, Adam Parks, Heath Parks (Tanya), Kristy Parks Fox (Drew), Ryne Rainey, Morgan Rainey, Avery Barnett and Dalton Barnett; his great grandchildren, Josie Grace Parks, Leland Allan Parks, Braden James Fox, Alena Jolynn Parks and Tanner Matthew Fox.
He is also survived by his brother, Mike, of Searcy, two sisters-in-law, Rosia Barnett and Joyce Barnett; and nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held August 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Visitation will be held August 5 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street in Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, in Monticello or Gideon Bible Forms, P. O. Box 83, in Crossett.