FORT MEADE - Mrs. Bettye Thompson Barnett, age 86, passed away from heart failure Saturday, July 28, 2012, at her home in Fort Meade. Born on August 15, 1925 in Lake Wales, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Winnie Thompson. Mrs. Barnett was a longtime Fort Meade resident.
Along with being a homemaker, she was a Past President of Peace River Country Club in 1996, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade, a member of the Lioness Club of Bartow, and a citrus grower. Mrs. Barnett was a founding member of the Fort Meade Garden Club in 1963. She had served as President continuously since 1981. In 1986 she was honored with a lifetime membership and in 2011 she was inducted into the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Hall of Fame.
She is also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Ragon Barnett, Jr. Mrs. Barnett is survived by a loving family that includes her daughter, Bettye Ann Sykes (Gary) of Fort Meade; her son, Jesse Ragon Barnett, III (Judy) of Fort Meade; four siblings, Billy Thompson (Janice) of Fort Meade, Earl Thompson (Margaret) of Bartow, Fay Hasty of Lakeland, and Carla Sue Venable (Carl) of Mayo. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Carolyn Presscot (Andy), Catherine Tucker (Travis), Curt Kelly (Verena), Jesse Kelly, Jay Sykes, and her great grandchildren, Elizabeth Tucker, Emily Tucker, John Prescott, Diedre Prescott, and Drew Prescott.
The family will receive friends Monday, July 30th from 6PM to 8PM at McLean Funeral Home, 306 East Broadway in Fort Meade. Funeral services will follow Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00AM at the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade, 135 East Broadway, Fort Meade, FL 33841. Memorial contributions may be made to the church at the same address.
Condolences at www.mcleanfuneralhome.net