Funeral services for William Douglas “Doug” Barnett, 88, of Demorest, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Whitfield Funeral Home North Chapel – Demorest, with Dr. Tom Mewborn officiating. Burial followed in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by Grant Reeves VFW Post No. 7720, American Legion Post No. 84, Rabun County DAV Chapter No. 15, and the Georgia National Guard. Masonic graveside rites were provided by Cornelia Lodge No. 92 F&AM.
Mr. Barnett died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, following a sudden illness.
Born April 30, 1923, in Jefferson, he was a son of the late Herman Elmer and Ellie Amanda Eckles Barnett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Theresa Hendrickson Barnett.
Mr. Barnett was a United States Army Air Force veteran, having served in the 329th Airdrome Squadron, 3rd Combat Cargo during World War II. He was a member of the famed “Flying Tigers.” Mr. Barnett was a teacher and coach for several years at Demorest High School before beginning his career in personal finance. He was a co-owner of Citizens Finance in Cornelia and later served as a correctional officer at Lee Arrendale State Prison. Mr. Barnett was very active in his community, in which he had served as a board member for Demorest Elementary School, was past-president of the Cornelia Chamber of Commerce, the Cornelia Kiwanis Club, and the South Habersham High School Touchdown Club. He was a member of Bethany Methodist Church in Jefferson, and attended the Demorest Baptist Church. Mr. Barnett was a member of Cornelia Lodge No. 92 F&AM and had just received his 60-year apron.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Marcus Tench of Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Betty Barnett of Moore County, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Cindy Barnett of Lynn, N.C.; brother-in-law and wife, Charles and Ann Hendrickson of Gainesville; grandchildren, Jenny Jones, Mark Barnett, Sandy Wright, Allison Tench Becker, Austin Tench; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives, and friends.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Barnett family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements were in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel – Demorest.
The Northeast Georgian
February 8, 2012