BARNETT, 1ST LT. CHRISTOPHER W. 1st Lt. Christopher W. Barnett made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, being killed in action Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq. Christopher enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1990 and served in Berlin, Fort Carson, Colo., and Korea before leaving active duty in 1997 to return to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. He also joined the Louisiana National Guard at this time. Christopher graduated from LSU in May 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in M.S.D.S., at which time he went to work for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to design Web sites. He left the DOTD to work for Unisys in Baton Rouge in 2002. Christopher received his commission as second lieutenant in May 2003 and attended Armor Officer Basic Course in Fort Knox, Ky., where he was awarded the Draper Leadership Award for outstanding leadership. Christopher was activated with his National Guard unit in March 2004, and was in Kuwait in October 2004, entering Iraq shortly thereafter. Christopher was due for promotion in May 2005, but was promoted posthumously to first lieutenant Dec. 25, 2004. Christopher is survived by his loving wife, Amanda, to whom he was totally devoted; his grateful parents, Robert and Judy Barnett, of Baker, for his love; his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kim Barnett, of Mobile, Ala., who will never forget him; his niece, Kaleigh, and two nephews, Micah and Nathan, whom he loved to play with every chance that he had; his uncle, Robert Robertson of Alexandria, Va.; paternal grandfather, David Barnett; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Christopher was also survived by the troops of Troop A, 108th Calvary, 1st Battalion, 156th Armor Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade who are still fighting in Iraq, as well as many friends that will all dearly miss him. Christopher was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Josephine Robertson; and paternal grandmother, Dorothy Hunt. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., Thursday, Dec. 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Religious service at St. James Episcopal Church, 4th Street, at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. All are invited to attend this service to honor a true hero. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park Garden of Valor. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the CAV Troop Family Fund, 1-156 F.R.G., 400 E. Stoner, Shreveport, LA 71101. Checks made payable to 1-156 F.R.G. and please put Lt. Christopher Barnett in the "for" section. Chris would have wanted his troops taken care of rather than flowers.
Published in The Advocate on Dec. 30, 2004