Dr. James Craig Barnett Funeral services for Dr. James Craig Barnett, former Plainview resident, were held Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. Craig went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 8, 2012. Craig is survived by his wife, Brigette, formerly of Lubbock; three children, Corbin, Bryce and Carina of Orlando; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Nancy Barnett of McKinney and Robert and Linda Barnett of Plainview; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gene and Loni Teske of Orlando; a brother-in-law, Brian Teske and family of Minneapolis and numerous nephews and nieces. His parents, Gene and Beryl Barnett of Plainview, and a brother, Joe Barnett, are deceased. Craig was born in Plainview on June 13, 1959, and was active in First Baptist Church, Plainview High School activities and sports prior to his graduation from PHS in 1977. He attended Texas Tech University his freshman year, then transferred to Texas A&M University where he enrolled in a pre-med program designed to accelerate admission to medical school. Upon successful completion of the 2-year program at A&M, Craig was admitted to the Texas Tech Medical School where he specialized in internal medicine and later, cardiology. He did his residency in Amarillo and additional studies at the University of Denver. Craig was board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. Prior to moving to Orlando, Craig practiced in Marshal, WVa., where he did further studies and completed a fellowship at Marshal University. In 1997 Craig was invited to join the Central Florida Cardiology Group in Orlando where he became a fixture in the central Florida community, providing care to senior citizens in particular for an enhanced and improved lifestyle with his surgical and rehabilitative skills. Craig was an innovator and responsible for several of the new techniques and procedures used in practice today. He was a pioneer instrumental in shaping cardiology and internal medicine through his research, his vision of the future of medicine and his dedication to his patients. He was invited to speak in Berlin, Germany, and in Japan regarding his new procedures. He was in the process of working on further improvements in his field when he died. His tireless commitment to humanity, love and selflessness will be missed by all who he touched.
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Published in Plainview Daily Herald from June 17 to June 18, 2012