Edward James "Ed" Barnett

11/15/1923 - 04/24/2014 Obituary
Edward James "Ed" Barnett Obituary
Edward James "Ed" Barnett was born in Memphis, TN, on November 15, 1923. The Barnetts were a famous railroad family. At the time of his retirement, his father was the engineer on the "City of New Orleans."
Ed was preceded in death by his father, David L. Barnett; mother, Edna H. Barnett; sister, Rose; brothers, Dave, Holden, and Paul. He lost the love of his life, best pal and wife, Marguerite, in 1989. He is survived by his son, James Lamberson (and his wife, Louise Stevenson); grandson, Philip Lamberson (and his fiancee, Mariesa Witt); great-grandson, Elijah Lamberson; and countless friends over many years.
Mr. Barnett came West in 1949 as a cotton buyer. He always had a love of the cowboy's life, beginning at a very early time when he was given a cantankerous, one-eyed pony named Bill. Memphis was headquarters for mule traders in those days, so he would hang around and do odd jobs at the mule barns in order to get free rides on anything available. In later years, while living near the Mexican border, he was able to pursue his cowboy dreams. He had the privilege to know and work with some of the best hands of that era. He was a life member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage in Oklahoma City, OK, and an associate member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO, for many years.
He served his country from 1942 to 1945. He was an infantryman with a heavy weapons company, a decorated veteran of five major campaigns in the European Theater. This included Normandy and The Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge). His patriotism was intense.
In his later years, he developed an unwavering love for the young men and women of the military. His memories made him keenly aware of all they were putting on the line, and he sincerely loved them for their sacrifice.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ASPCA and/or Saint Jude Children's Hospital on behalf of Ed Barnett. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
"The sun's gone down, and the street lights just came on.
Time for me to go home, so I'll see you in the morning!"
Greenlawn Funeral Home
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 6, 2014
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