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LAKELAND - Dr. Jeff Barrett died March 29, 2011 at home after a 1 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born April 16, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Dr. Thomas Loyd and Suzanne Marvel Barrett, and at age 3 moved to Vincennes, Indiana where he grew up. In high school he was a two year starter on football teams ranked in the top ten in the entire state, and he was the highest ranking student-athlete in the Lincoln High School graduating class of 1969. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of his high school in 1999.
Jeff graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1976. From 1976 to 1980 he served internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. He was the first Fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy) at Vanderbilt from 1980 to 1982. He then continued his academic career at Indiana University as Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. During his time in academic medicine he published over 25 research papers with his major areas of research being antepartum and intrapartum fetal monitoring and the management and delivery of pregnancies complicated by premature labor.
In 1986 he moved to Lakeland, joining Watson Clinic in the practice of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He was one of the first sub-specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in private practice in Florida. In Lakeland he delivered 8,428 babies at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was also President of the Medical Staff for two years. He was board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.
His passions were his family, the practice of medicine, golf and an overall love of life. With his children he worked to ingrain the Golden Rule and a sense of the need to give to others. In the practice of medicine he strived to treat each patient as if a family member. Golf was his release, and he played extensively in the United States, Scotland and Ireland, maintaining a single digit handicap through his last round in November 2010. In his life he loved nature, the company of good friends, and a good laugh. He was dismayed by man's continuing inhumanity to man.
He is survived by wife, Diana, sons Matthew and Samuel of Lakeland, daughters Alison Flynn and Emily Barrett, both of Jacksonville, Florida, brother Dr. T. Gregory Barrett, Little Rock AR and sister Shelly Thomas, Indianapolis IN, and loving caretaker and best friend Jennifer Brinson, Lakeland.
The family will receive friends on Friday April 1, 2011 from 5-7 P.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday April 2, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. Honorary pall bearers are Dr. James Holimon, Mike Carter, John Wallis, Charles Masek, Dr. James Mammel, and Dr. John Ellington. In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts to the Thomas L. and Suzanne M. Barrett medical student scholarship at Indiana University School of Medicine, C/O the IU Foundation, Special Fund Account #037MDSL681, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, Indiana 46266-0245, American Cancer Society, 1920 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, Fl. 33803 or the Salvation Army, 2620 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, Fl. 33802.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in The Ledger on Mar. 31, 2011.
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January 7, 2019
Dr. Barrett is still missed by his Patients and all who knew him. He was our Daughters Doctor and delivered our Grandchildren. He was a Wonderful Doctor and Friend.
Doug & Bette Foster
July 14, 2017
July 13, 2017
I was sitting here at work and thinking about Dr. Barrett. I knew he had moved to Florida right after I had my daughter in December of 1985. I had a difficult time conceiving, but we finally made it and had what we thought was a normal pregnancy. Dr. Barrett never left the hospital from the time I checked in until I delivered the next day. When she delivered, we all know something we sorrowfully wrong. We suspected she had muscular dystrophy. I remember the look on his face and how sorry he looked. I delivered on a Thursday and he had a private corner room set up for us because of all of the specialists that needed to come in throughout the weekend. I was able to check out, but he made arrangements to allow me to stay with Whitney and not have to leave the hospital until we were discharged the following week. He truly cared about his patients. I believe his daughter was born the day before my daughter, I remember he kept calling his little one his little pumpkin. He was very special. Whitney and the good doctor are in heaven now together, hopefully they have ran into one another.
Kim Collins
May 29, 2017
I met Jeff during our freshman year living in Martin Hall at IU. He and his roommate Jim "Spinner' Spencer were responsible for teaching me how to play Euchre which I cannot get out of my system, thanks Jeff! But was truly saddened to find his obituary just now while Googling his name which came to mind after playing Euchre on my cell phone. My belated condolences go out to the family, especially to his sister Shelley who I remember while spending a weekend at the Barrett's home in Vincennes, may he rest in peace.
Mickey Radovich
October 11, 2016
This make me so sad to hear the passing of Dr. Barrett. My granddaughter was delivered by a Dr Barrett and we asked him if he was related. No relation. That got me thinking about Dr Jeffery Barrett and I searched and came across this. There will be no other doctor like Dr. Jeffery Barrett. I was in the hospital for over a month before I had our first child in early 1986 at IU Med. I was sad to see him leave Indiana but happy for him. He truly cared for his patients. My condolences to the family. RIP Dr Barrett.
December 14, 2015
He was one Of the Sweetest kindest most caring and yes it's true he treated his patients like family he will be very missed and he was very loved by everyone who knew him I was blessed to be one of his patients
Daphnne Barkley
July 28, 2015
He was the sweetest DR he delivered my first child and he was always very sweet and kind and caring he's one of a kindYou could tell he wasn't in it for the money but for the people he cared a lot about people and it showed he was greatly loved and he is greatly missed rest in peace in my prayers to the family
Daphnne Barkley
July 17, 2015
Remembering Dr. Barrett...Our son just graduated from Law school and I couldn't help but think of this wonderful man and how my son would not be here today to contribute to the world had it not been for Dr. Barrett. We will keep him in our hearts forever.
The Rigsby Family
July 16, 2015
I was a nurse at Vandy when Dr. Barrett did his internship and residency. We knew he would do great things then. He always respected nurse's judgement and was my favorite resident and intern for my whole 38 year career (so far) in nursing. Dr. Jim Gray recently told me of his untimely death. A fine, caring doctor and man. He will be missed!
Kathy Woehler
April 29, 2015
I recently moved back to the area after being away seven years. I was saddened to hear of the passing of my former doctor. Dr. Barrett was gifted with a pleasant, caring, and reassuring bedside manner. He cared about his patients. I thank God for having had him as my doctor.
Diane Durr
April 2, 2015
I miss you Dad.
November 25, 2014
he was the best babey doctor for my two tiny babys witch they are all grown up now ty for you creing loveing hart
joanne shea
June 26, 2012
Dr. Barrett delivered by first child almost 11 years ago. He came into the hospital that morning after we had already been there 6 hours. I wasn't progressing very fast and was afraid I was going to have a c-section. He looked at me and said, "No, we are going to get through this if I have to stay here all night." My son was born at 8:30p.m. He was then taken to the ICU and Dr. Barrett stayed until he knew everything was ok. I was completely shocked to recently learn about his death. I appreciate everything he did for us and he was truly a wonderful doctor and person.
September 20, 2011
Our son celebrated his 2nd birthday 9/18/2011 thanks to this man. We are forever indebted. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. We love you. Our thoughts and prayers are still with the Barrett family, friends, and many children that this man helped bring into this world.
L Wenhold
September 6, 2011
Dr. Barrett was my doctor for my 3rd child. He is the reason that Andy was delivered full term. 23 years ago. Thanks so much. Lisa
July 30, 2011
This man saved my son's life 14 yrs ago. He was a wonderful doctor and an astounding man. If it weren't for his expertise and passion about his patients my son would not be here today. Thank you so much and I am sorry the world has lost such a great man.
Mary Daniels Lakeland Fl
Mary daniels
July 20, 2011
Our sympathy is with Dr. Barrett's family. Dr. Barrett was soft-spoken, kind, and reassuring. He delivered our son 8 years ago today, and I am thankful for the care he gave us.
Karen Hornsby
July 8, 2011
The best doctor you could ask for! Thank you Dr. Barrett!
Madhusudhan family
June 9, 2011
I just found out, Dr. Barrett deliver my daughter in 2008.
He was the best and may God bless his family.
I know he is still smiling. Saudia (Lakeland, FL)
June 2, 2011
I was referred to Dr. Barrett by my regular OBGYN for a high risk pregnancy. Initially, I was not happy because I love Dr. Schwartz, however, I must say she could not have referred me to a better, more kind or caring doctor. At my last post-partum appointment Dr. Barrett asked if I'd like to have another child and my response was yes, but I wasn't sure. He asked that I wait at least 2 years due to my complications, but to contact him the moment I found out I was pregnant, if that should happen. Well it will be 2 years in about a month and I've really been considering another child. Today I was told of his passing and I am deeply sorrowed. God sent us a wonderful person and I am thankful I had the pleasure of meeting him.
Lakita Stevens
May 27, 2011
Dr. Barrett was such a gift to the community. It was because of his compassionate and informed attention that after 8 years and five losses, I have a three year old son with my eyes and his father's dimples. It's usually difficult to say anything comforting, but just think how many of the 8,428 babies or mothers would not have made it without Dr. Barrett. I know my son would have made it 8,427, and I hope that brings someone peace for a moment.
Jennifer Vick
May 26, 2011
I was shocked when I heard he had passed away. I had 2 miscarriages and he told my husband and I to try one more time and we did..We had a girl in Aug 2005..God Bless your family..

John and Renee Scarry Lakeland,Florida
Renee Scarry
May 11, 2011
Dr. Brarrett delivered my first child on May 23rd ,1982, I was very very sick & even had intensive care time...with the help of Dr. Barrett & the Lord above I came through. He was such a good Dr. & will be truly missed by the medical community. Both my family & myself will forever be greatful to Dr. Barrett.
Judy Branch
May 2, 2011
My daughter was one of those babies nearly 10 years ago....I was shocked to hear and prayers to his family. Cancer shows no mercy. It was a blessing he was able to do all he did in his lifetime.
Joanna Vann
April 26, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered our daughter in 2006. In 10 short months, he left a lasting impression in my heart. May his family find peace in the work he has done and the hearts and lives he touched every single day. I will forever be greatful for those 10 months and can only imagine the sorrow and pain experienced by those who have known him a lifetime.
Rhonda White
April 24, 2011
I met Dr. Barrett 12 years ago in nursing school, and can remember thinking "Wow, if I ever decide to have a child, this wonderful man will be my doctor." That dream came true a few years ago, and what a blessing he was to my family! I can still see him telling me at my post-partum visit that he would be delighted to deliver my next child, and I still cherish the picture I took of him and my son. My prayer for all of those who are grieving is that through your faith you can have the hope of one day again seeing him.
Angie Davidson
April 18, 2011
My husband and I were so blessed to have Dr. Barrett has our doctor with my first pregnancy. He delivered my daughter, Abigail, on July 30, 2008. I will forever be grateful for having met this amazing man. Prayers to the family and friends.
Wynell Dowdy
April 15, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered my second son and aside from our primary OB, he was my choice to deliver our son. We were not disappointed. What an incredible man, he was not only a great doctor from a medical standpoint, but what personality and comfort he brought into the room. My delivery was only my second meeting with him and yet it felt as though we had known him for years. He will be missed tremendously I am sure! Our thoughts and prayers to the family and close friends dealing with this great loss.
April 11, 2011
In 1998 I met Dr. Barrett. I went to see him for a second opinion. He confirmed with tears in his eyes that yes I had miscarried. He was so compassionate to me. I got pregnant in 2003 with my son. Dr. Barrett was my doctor and was there to deliver my miracle baby. I will never forget his compassion and generosity. The world is a better place for him being here. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He will be greatly missed. I am thankful for the opportunity to have known Dr. Barrett
Michelle VanHorn
April 11, 2011
I met Dr.Barrett in 1998 when I went for a 2nd opinion. he confirmed with tears in his eyes that yes i had miscarried. He was the most compassionate doctor. In 2003, I got pregnant with my son thanks to Dr. Barrett I now have my miracle baby. Dr. Barrett will be sorely missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. The world is a better place because he was in it. I'll miss you Dr. Barrett
Michelle Van Horn
April 11, 2011
May God's peace of love and comfort be with all of Dr. Barrett's family. He followed the pregnancy of my daughter Madelyn up until he got sick. If it wasn't for his intuition and caring spirit, my daughter and
I would not have survived my very high risk pregnancy. I wish he could have met Maddie, he would have been so proud. Thank you, Dr. Barrett for all you have done for me and my family. You have touched so many lives. I hope there is a big bag of peanut butter m&m's waiting up there for you! :) your family will be in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Amanda Law
April 7, 2011
May the Lord and His angels comfort your family. Dr. Barret delivered our son Granger 22 years ago. He was a wonderful man.
Pauline Hieronymus
April 7, 2011
To me you were Jeff little brother to one of my best friends in high school Greg. Now you have been elevated to a much higher position than you ever held on this earth, and you have held many. May your family and friends take soliace in the fact that you are waiting for us just on the other side of the door. Sincerely Eddie Carie.
Eddie Carie
April 7, 2011
So sorry for your Loss Diane. My prayers are with you.

Shirley Drury McDaniel
April 5, 2011
Diane- there many beautiful testimonies about your husband here. I am praying for you and your family.

From your school days...
Nancy Flanigan
April 5, 2011
You will be missed
Dr. Barret - A wonderful man, wonderful doctor. He was there for me my early years. I was a teen mom and he was my OB/GYN. May the angels surround you as you pass from us to heaven. God Bless you and your family, you will be missed.
KellyAnn Vaughn
April 5, 2011
If there ever was a Doctor whofixed it, it was Dr Barrett. Dr Barrett you always gave words of hope after each visit. Thanks to you for the numerous kids you cared for before they were born. Thanks for being there for them. You will be truely missed.
April 5, 2011
Dr. Barrett. You were such a special person. You touched so many peoples lives, especially the women you cared for. Your kindness and true sincerity will never be forgotten. You hold a special place in all of our hearts
April 5, 2011
Dr. Barrett
April 4, 2011
Our sincere sympathy to the Barrett Family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your husband and father.

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Janes & Triplets
April 4, 2011
I had the pleasure of being Dr. Barretts Receptionist at Watson Clinic many years ago. I loved working for this kind man who was always so incouraging.I am a Police Officer now and I will never forget Dr. Barrett incouraging me to continue my education and reach my goals. Thank you Dr. Barrett and God speed.
April 3, 2011
Thank you for being such an amazing man and a second father to me. Thank you for all the great times we had. You were such an amazing role model to me. I will never forget you and will always hold you close to my heart. Thank you for the hug at the wedding and telling me that I was one of your sons. It meant the world to me.
God Bless you Dr. B.
I love you too "little fella"!
Brent Ellis
April 3, 2011
April 3, 2011
May God bless Jeff - one of the most intelligent persons I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I met him when we were both age 12 - and always respected him.
April 3, 2011
May God bless Jeff - one of the most intelligent persons I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I met him when we were both age 12 - and always respected him.
Fred James
April 2, 2011
Dr. Barrett was the best God blessed me by leading me to him. I just wanted thank his family for loaning him to all of his patients for all of those years. He was truly a blessing to me. you are in my thoughts and prayers
Carla Walters
April 2, 2011
Dr. Barrett you will truly be missed.You helped me on Sept.15,1989 bring into the world my daughter.Jasmine Jackson at Lakeland Regional.You will always hold a special place in my heart.May god continue to hold and keep your family.Stacia Okobi Atlanta Ga.
Stacia Okobi
April 2, 2011
Thank you Dr. Barrett, thank you. You are amazing. Look after all those babies in heaven!
April 2, 2011
I've known Dr.Jeff since he was an infant. He & my boys grew up together, played together, got into mischief together & grew into fine men in their manhood. I am so sorry that his life ended so early.
I UNDERSTAND.One of Jeff's closest friends was my son, Mac, who died when he was 55 years & 3 days old, ( October 26, 2006).
I send my heartfelt sympathy to Matthew, Samuel,Allison,Emily, Diana & Jennifer. May his soul rest in well deserved peace.
Jim McCormick
April 2, 2011
sheenequa knight
April 2, 2011
In 1989 Dr. Barrett delivered by 2lb. 12 oz baby girl Stephanie, if it wasn't for him neither of us would be here today..16 years later when I decided to have children again he delivered by next 2, my daughter now is 21 and 5 and 7 year old. He is the best Dr. ever...he will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family he was a great man.. and still can't believe he's gone. Belinda Winsett
April 2, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered my daughter 3 years ago this month. He was always so caring and if it hadn't been for his quick actions in the delivery room my daughter wouldn't be here today. He was an outstanding physician and man. He will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Olivia Hazell
April 2, 2011
I knew Dr. Barrett through my parents. Everything I hear about him was wonderful. Ali and I went to school together - Ali, my heart breaks for the loss of your dad. I lost mine 2 months ago. All I can say is that you have to hold on to his memory. It is still hard months later ... But God has a bigger plan for all of us You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shannon (Cottengain) Mullis
April 2, 2011
So sad to hear of the loss of such a great man. He was an outstanding physician and a truly caring individual. He treated every patient like family. He was a pleasure to work with and to have care for my 1st pregnancy! He will be missed
Monica C., RN
April 2, 2011
I only got to know Dr. Barrett for a short period, but he was an excellent doctor and very nice man to talk to. My husband and I our so sorry for your loss. He was a very kind man.
Erin Pawley
April 1, 2011
No words can express the gratitude we have towards Dr. Barrett for his dedication to mastering the practice of high-risk pregnancies and we are just one of the many. I truly believe that without his calming disposition, phenomenal medical expertise and him knowing it was time to limit my pregnancy at 28 weeks to the hospital we would not have a perfect 18 month old boy today. Knowing that our son was born over 8 weeks premature Dr. Barrett still showed as much concern for our son's well being from the day he was born, through a 7 week stay in the NICU, to just a few months ago just to reassure a mom that all would "be just fine." That was the type of man Jeff Barrett was. A man that although he held a very distiguished list of accomplishments and a phenomenal career as a high risk ob/gyn doctor he still was just as down to earth, with a great sense of humor, and filled with more humility and humbleness than the common person. It has been an honor to know Jeff Barrett as a doctor and a human being. On a daily basis through my youngest son's smile I am reminded of what a great individual Dr. Barrett was and thank God for him. I pray that his family finds peace. Thank you so very much for sharing him with the rest of us.
L Wenhold
April 1, 2011
We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Barrett. We send our heartfelt prayers for his family and all those who knew and loved him. Twenty years ago he saved my daughters life and mine; we will never forget him. We have comfort in knowing he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior.
Mary Torchio
April 1, 2011
21 years ago Dr. Barrett delivered my daughter. I was 38 and she was our miracle baby. He was a wonderful doctor and will be missed by all. Prayers are being said for his family and close friends. No more suffering, no more pain. We will meet again.
Becky Walker
April 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers to the Barrett family during this difficult time. He was such a wonderful human being with such compassion and understanding for others. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Barrett many years ago and will always be grateful for his teachings, kindness and inspiration. Heaven has welcomed home a true angel.
Lori E
April 1, 2011
Our prayers are with the family in this time of loss.
Patti Ellis-Roberts
April 1, 2011
Dr. Barrett was such a special individual. He will be remembered for his excellence in medicine but he should be remembered for his intuition. He could always tell if you needed a calming influence during pregnancy and childbirth. The best bedside manner especially for those with high risk pregnancies. My heart goes out to his family. Karie Sanoba (Lakeland
Karie Sanoba
April 1, 2011
Such a humble caring man, a true pleasure to work with, he made medicine an art....
April 1, 2011
You were a wonderful man! I'm blessed to have been able to know you! You will truly be missed. No matter what you always tried to have a smile on your face. God has a special place in heaven for a wonderful man like you! May God be with your family and friends in their mourning.
April 1, 2011
When I think of Dr. Barrett, a grin spreads across my face. He was my doctor for two of my last three pregnancies and delivered our youngest, Eli, by c-section just over 2 years ago. He was such a caring and calming person to have by one's side and would often crack just the right joke at just the right time. We laughed often during my check-ups. One other thing...I would often have my other little children in tow for appointments, and Dr. Barrett would often get down on their level and speak so kindly to them, always standing back up and reminding me how precious they were and how I should enjoy their childhood. Inevitably, he would tell me how his 'baby' was now so many years old... I would marvel at how he would gaze at my children with such a peaceful look upon his face...surely thinking of his own precious children and the many others he helped to bring into this world. He will be SO missed. May God's peace that transcends understanding be with you, Autumn Kennedy
Autumn Kennedy
April 1, 2011
What a great loss to the community of Lakeland and Watson Clinic. Thank you Dr. Barrett for the care you gave us 14 years ago through the birth of our daughter. You were an awesome Physician with a gift of kindness. Our thoughts and prayers to the Barrett Family.
April 1, 2011
I have had the priviledge of working with Dr Barrett for the 20 yrs I have been at LRMC . He was a wonderful Dr with so much to teach. I never worked with Dr Barrett that I didn't learn something that helped me be a better nurse. I will miss him everyday I work in Labor and Delivery. My sympathy is with his family and Jennifer in the loss of a wonderful human being. He made all our lives better.
Carol Keller
April 1, 2011
Wow...what a legacy...not only were you a well respected and well loved Doctor...you were a wonderful human being. I wish more doctors were like Dr. Barrett was...the great bedside manner,treating people as if they were his own relatives...which is what god teaches us to be like. My heart goes out to his family,friends and past and present patients. You will be missed.
R.I.P. Elizabeth Akens and Family
Elizabeth Akens
April 1, 2011
Dr. Barrett was an outstanding physician. Because of his great knowledge of high risk pregnancies I look into the eyes of my twins everyday. God gave him a gift that no other doctor has and he used it to the best of his ability. He was there for the delivery of our stillborn son and he was there for the twins. He gave us so much hope and helped us through the worse day of our lives to the best day of our lives. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.We will always be grateful for what he did for our family.
Wendy Dow
April 1, 2011
I had three conecutive miscarriages, but with the help od Dr barrett
I finally had a successful pregnancy. you will be missed.
carla walcott
April 1, 2011
Matt and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories of the times you enjoyed with him lift you up and comfort you during this difficult time. With my deepest sympathy, Linda Varnadore
Linda Varnadore
April 1, 2011
prayers to the family!! he delivered both of my grandsons,and was a fantastic doctor!
April 1, 2011
Diana, Ali, Emily, Sam, Matt, Eric and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We came to know Jeff as a very kind and sweet man, as well as a wonderful doctor. We love you all. You are such a wonderful family. We are always here for you.
Michelle, Blake, Kendyll and Ella McQueen
April 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, Dr Barrett helped me through my pregnancy with both of my boys and delivered my second son. He was always upbeat and comforting and had a way of make each encounter enjoyable. I will never forgot his smile and humor. He was a great doctor and will be missed.
Amanda Bryant
April 1, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered me 23 years ago. My mom has told me the story many times about going into labor and arriving at the hospital at the same time Dr. Barrett had gone off call and about to leave the hospital. When he checked in on my Mom to say hello he could see that she was distressed. He stayed with her all night, sleeping in the on call room until the next morning at 7:00 when he made a decision to take me by c-section.As I got older, I got to know his family. They love their Dad. I thank him for bringing me into this world.
Matthew Burch
April 1, 2011
My heart is heavy knowing that Dr. Barrett is no longer here with us, but knowing we will see him again is comforting. It was truly a blessing to work with him as well as being one his patients with 2 of my pregnancies. Love and prayers...Donisha and family
Donisha Manley
April 1, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered my premature son two years ago and monitored me through the pregnancy of another. I will never forget his deep passion and concern. He always made me feel comfortable and he always remained upbeat and positive. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. His talent and dedication to this community will certainly be missed.
Deena Porter
April 1, 2011
I was blessed to have Dr. Barrett deliver my first daughter. During my second pregnancy is when he got sick. At my last appointment before he left for his treatment, the nurse couldn't find the babies heartbeat. I was freaking out inside. Dr. Barrett was so calm and didn't seemed worried at all, which made it all a little easier as I sit and wait for him to do the ultrasound. After he saw that the baby was fine he asked if I wanted to know the sex of the baby. Of course I wanted to, but my husband wasn't at the appointment that day. So he wrote the sex on a piece of paper and sealed it in an envelope so that we could open it together later that day. I will never forget Dr. Barrett. He was the best doctor I have ever known.
Erin Jones
April 1, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I had the good fortune to work for Dr. Barrett at Watson Clinic for 2 years back in the late 90s. He also delivered my first child and cared for me during my second pregnancy. He shared his sense of humor, gentle nature, compassion, understanding, and love of medicine and life with me and everyone whose life he touched. He seldom if ever raised his voice, his patience was immeasurable with staff and patients alike. He was always the calm inside the storm, able to express just what a patient needed to hear at the exact time they needed to hear it most. He was loved by all who knew him and is one of the biggest influences on my choice to enter the nursing field. I told him more than once that if there were doctors out there that were as good to work with as he was then it would be a career worth pursuing.
Thank you Dr. Barrett, I hope you know how much you were loved and how much you will be missed!
Michelle Anderson
Lakeland, FL
Michelle Anderson
April 1, 2011
Dr. Barrett was a wonderful man. He was my Dr. for all three of my children and he also delivered all of them. When I was pregnent my first two children father was sick with cancer he was understanding and even delivered me a week early so my dad could be there ,he was like part of the family. He will never be forgotten to me or my family. My prays now go out to his family. Hope Grissom (Sowers).
Hope Grissom
April 1, 2011
Dr Barrett brought joy through happy deliveries and comfort through tragic losses in our family. His kindness and compassion will be forever remembered with gratitude. May God Bless and bring peace to those who love him and suffer the loss of him.
The Taylor-Adams Family
April 1, 2011
My deepest heart felt sympothy to the family and friends, my heart hurts for your loss and the community of up and coming new mother's that will never have the wonderful experience of haveing Dr. Jeffery Barrett releive her fears with his kind blue eyes and bright smile, his knowledge, experience with his strong since of true compation, me and my son (21) were bless by that, may God bless you and heal your pain.
Kimberly Houghtaling
April 1, 2011
My prayers and thoughts are with Dr Barrett family and friends. I pray that God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace. I had the opportunity to work with Dr Barrett at LRMC for so many years, and he also delivered my second grand child. He had such a soft spoken voice and he was always the same. He fought a good fight, but he finished his course and Dr Barrett is taking his rest now. He will be greatly missed by so many, but earth has no sorrows that heaven can not heal. Br Barrett no more pain, rest on my friend, rest on !!!!
Gloria Harris Strong
April 1, 2011
I do not have the words...Dr Barrett was my physician during 2 of my high risk pregnancies & births....he can Not be replaced!! The manor in which he cared for & nurtured his patients was a gift...one that touched my life in an unforgettable way. My prayers to his precious family...and my sincere Gratitude to them..for sharing him!
Jennifer Story Hiers
April 1, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered my son 16 years ago what a wonderful doctor he was. So sadly missed a great doctor that will never be forgotten
April 1, 2011
I am in so much pain. I feel so much sorrow and have not been able to stop crying since I heard the news, this morning, about Dr Barrets' death. My family & I are now living in the Central Coast of California. Dr Barret cared for 2 full term pregnancies & deliveries and for 1 pregnancy not to term. My Diego turned 3 in Nov and Sarai is 16 months old(born nov 23, 2009.) Its possible that she was one of the last few babies delivered by HIS blessed hands. Dr Barret would not turn away a current patient suddenly finding herself unemployed and on pregnancy medicaid. He stood by me.
My first born was delivered c section & I wanted to try VBAC w next pregnancy. Dr Barret said "if u were my own daughter, I would not risk a VBAC delivery w you." He cared for me like his own daughter and for that I will remain eternally grateful. I feel indebted to him & his family, for he carried many of our concerns, ailments and losses over HIS shoulders---as if giving up part of HIS life so that others could live. He made the ultimate sacrifice and has a permanent place in our hearts and each of his patients' family's. May Jehovah God gives us all the strength to be inspired & celebrate the life of such a wonderful human being. In our prayers you will remain, Patricia Sosa, Diego(40months) & Sarai(16months).

Dr Barrets' prenatal Care

Looking back
Those heart felt times
excitement, suspense
The fear of the unknown

Walking in the clouds
At times rocking on a boat
Running out of breath
sudden cramp, a shooting pain

So much to wonder
While I stared at those walls
Pictures of babies toppling over
How will mine turn out?

Hop on the scale, pee in the cup
Relax, this may feel cold
Heart beat- strong as a horse

How comforting his gaze
How comforting his words
Despite difficult times,
preparing you for the worst.

Monthly, bi weekly
Weekly, then daily
A surprise visit?
Preferably a timely cesearean

Once at the hospital
Wearing his gown
Before putting his mask
He would always smile

Reassuring, comforting
Miracle of life participant
It wasn't just a job
He was a Physician at heart

At the hospital
He made his rounds
Patient comfort always first
Saying good bye always hard.

May Jehovah God bless you, Dr Barret and may he bless your family and all those who love you, with the honor of seeing you resurrected.
Patricia Sosa
March 31, 2011
My thoughts & prayers are with the Barrett family at this most difficult time. Dr. Barrett delivered my only daughter in 1991. He was such a nice & kind man & always made my visits more comfortable. He will be dearly missed.
Kathy Klemann
March 31, 2011
Many years ago I worked with Dr Barrett in Labor and Delivery. He was the best doc I ever met. He made every patient his only, he made every nurse learn without feeling stupid and he cared about everyone.
We were blessed in having him as a part of Trevor's birth and even when Treveors mother had so many ongoing complications Dr Barrett has continued to always inquire on both mother and son. The Lord could not have picked a better man to serve with him. He is truly loved and we were all truly blessed.
Tracy W, Lakeland fl
March 31, 2011
Dr. Barrett had a way of making you feel special, like you were his only patient! We are proud to say that we have 2 of those 8,428 babies that he delivered, Lauren 8yrs and Thomas 5yrs. Our prayers and sympathy are with his family at this difficult time. He was a great man and will never be forgotten!
David & Susan Delp
March 31, 2011
Dr. Barrett delivered our first child and his presence always made us feel calm and comfortable. Later, when he would shop in my store, I'd ask how he was doing. No matter how bad of a day he was having, he always put on a smile and talked about how great his life was. Life isn't about how many people come to your funeral and cry, it's about the people who say that person touched their life. Dr. Barrett touched my life and many others.
Scott Jones
March 31, 2011
On a day in April of 1995 Dr. Barrett performed an emergency C- section on my wife who was having a complete Placental Abruption and both my wife and son were in grave danger. Dr. Barrett saved their lives.... After, when my wife and son were in recovery. I walked up and down the hall of LRMC thanking God for the outcome that just took place, I heard voices coming from the Doctors Lounge and as I stood quietly outside the lounge I heard Dr. Barrett relay the experience that just took place. It really hit me, it was serious and he was worried what the outcome could have been. He was truly a miracle worker to me and to the many whose lives he touched. You will be truly missed. My prayers are with his family.
March 31, 2011
Dr. Barrett truely made me feel like I was part of his family. He was an amazing doctor. This is a great loss to everyone's life he has touched.
Wendy Hood
March 31, 2011
Dr. Barrett was with my husband and I through difficult testing, two miscarriages and the first seven months of my pregnancy. Even though he was not able to work he still kept up with my progress throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. He made sure I was taken care of and that my delivery was smooth. Dr. Barrett was a gift to our community. He will be greatly missed.
March 31, 2011
Dr. Barrett deliver my later in life surprise baby just as he was starting to get sick and he was so compassionate about my feelings and distress. He suggested.. "lets look early and see what the baby'a sex is and that might make you feel better.." ( I already had two daughters and had given up on getting pregnant with a son long ago) Sure enough despite being told that I couldn't getting pregnant I was and with the boy that we had hoped for for years.. It helped me feel better about this later than expected pregnancy and it waS really nice that he went out of his way to do an early sonogram while he was going through his own struggles that I didnt even know about at the time., Thanks you Dr. Barrett for your kind nature and telling the hospital to gib=ve me real food after the c-section if I asked for it, You will be missed.
christy brinke
March 31, 2011
What an amazing man. Dr Barrett was a hero to many people here in Lakeland, including me. He was the man you went and saw when no one else could help you, and he assured you that everything would be alright, and together you would get through the months and weeks to come. And then he blessed you with a healthy happy baby you couldnt have otherwise had. He was my hero 8 years ago and I will never forget his kindness and compassion. We all are better for knowing him, and and a little worse with out him. God bless the Barrett family with comfort and strength. He will be missed.
Kathy Schatz
March 31, 2011
To a wonderful man who will truely be missed. I have a great opportunity of having him deliver my son who was one of the 8,000 babies he delivered during his career. I also had the chance to work a little bit with him at watson clinic in the payroll department. He was sure a great man but i know that he is in a much better place and is no longer in pain. RIP Dr. Barrett we will meet again one day.
Jennifer, Ken, Kenny and Lexi Kramer
March 31, 2011
I am proud of having one of the 8000 babies he delivered... we are heartbroken to know you left us... you always will be in our hearts... our condolences to his family.
Milagros, Roger and Killari
March 31, 2011
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Barrett family, friends, and Watson Clinic staff. I worked at Watson Clinic and Dr. Barrett delivered our first child. He put myself and husband at ease during that long delivery. He had a wonderful gentleness about him. He was a great physician and has left a lasting impression on the community.

Clinton and Dania Reichert
Dania Reichert
March 31, 2011
He was on call when I went in with a marginal previa bleed with my second son. He and Dr. Hopper figured out what the bleeding was caused by and he was so reassuring during a scary time. He made me feel like he really cared about how I was feeling during a stressful time. He was so calm and kind and I am so very sad to hear about his passing. It is such a great loss.
Kim Lockwood
March 31, 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Barrett...DR. MARVEL we called him. He was truly marvelous. He delivered both of our children...20 and 17 years ago. Touched so many. Prayers and sympathy to his family. John & Dianne Small
March 31, 2011
Dr. Barrett had a unique gift of making you feel like you were his only patient. He delivered both of our boys and made the delivery seem easy. He Illness was a shock to everyone who knew him. We pray for his family and friends.
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