Freddie LeRoy Barnett

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TUSCALOOSA Freddie LeRoy Barnett, age 64, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Northport Medical Center after a reoccurrence of his 1989 kidney cancer that spread to his lung. Masonic graveside services open to all will be held today at 9 a.m. at Memory Hill Gardens. Memorial services led by Rev. Dr. Neil McCarter will follow at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 113 Hargrove Rd. in Tuscaloosa. Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, is in charge of arrangements.

Fred was born March 26, 1949, in Caney, Kansas to F. Leroy and Wanda (King) Barnett. He had many stories of growing up in Texas, Alabama, and Virginia. He was a jack-of-all-trades and had an entrepreneurial spirit. Fred was a pipe fitter with his father all over the United States, owned a gas station in Pennsylvania, was an over-the-road long-haul truck driver, delivered feed and supplies for Bama Feed, transported bread for Hardin's Bakery, worked on methane wells in Coaling, did debris removal after the 2011 tornado, helped in his son Chop's used car lot, and recycled tires. There was nothing he couldn't fix (somehow). He gave every project his all. Fred was always trying to figure out a better, faster way to do any task and always looked for a way to make work fun.

After his father and son died in 1998, Fred decided to go back to school so he could work in the medical field, which had always interested him. He was a Patient Care Assistant at DCH before completing his studies at Shelton State to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. His proudest accomplishment was helping patients to breathe. As Fred used to say, “If you can't breathe, nothing else matters.” In 2008 Fred had surgery followed by a horrendous blood transfusion reaction that shut down his body. He had to relearn all his physical skills as his brain recovered. And typical of Fred, he never gave up.

Fred had a huge heart and was constantly trying to help people reach their goals. He felt it important to help people, but not by giving them fish for a day, but rather by teaching them to fish so they could feed themselves for a lifetime. Fred never met a stranger. Throughout his life, Fred always tried to find time to coach YMCA baseball and soccer. Fred was devoted to his family, his many friends, and Alabama football, which he shared with anyone who would listen whether in Ohio or anywhere else.

Fred was a Civitan member. He was a member of the Session at Covenant Presbyterian Church and member of missions for Meals on Wheels and Covenant Dance Experience. Fred was Past Master and Past Secretary of Von Bayer Masonic Lodge #699, and currently was a member of Rising Virtue #4 and J. Collier Foster #906.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Shawn M. Barnett; and his brother, David W. Barnett Sr.

Fred is survived by his devoted wife, Marlene “Mimi” of Tuscaloosa; his sons, Robert L. Barnett and Jon “Chop” Barnett and wife Michelle, all of Ohio; his stepsons, Kevin D. McKenzie of New York and Dr. Andrew W. McKenzie of Utah; his sisters, Melissa Sherrill of Northport and Rita Barnett of Vance; grandchildren, Sam Croswell, Lizzie Croswell, Cathrine Barnett, and Shawn M. Barnett II; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jim Adams, Christopher McCormick, Michael Palm, David W. Barnett Jr., Jimmy Powell, and Sammy Watson.

Honorary pallbearers include Dr. Brian Wilhite, Dr. S.B. Sundar, all Fred's doctors and their staffs who have treated him over the years, DCH employees including Respiratory Therapy, TSICU, Heart Unit, ER, and all the other departments in which Fred knew people, Davis & Crain, Attorneys at Law, and employees of Cash Cars and of 23 Air & Tire.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial gift be made to Meals on Wheels or Covenant Dance Experience, missions of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 113 Hargrove Rd., Tuscaloosa AL 35401.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News from July 19 to July 20, 2013
Freddie LeRoy Barnett
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