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Lee Barnett

Arden - Lee Barnett, 88, of Arden, NC formally of Greensboro, NC passed away on January 30, 2018 at Mission Hospital surrounded by family.

Lee was born in Smyrna, GA on February 9, 1929 to the late Henry and Emma Lee Barnett. Lee was preceded in death by sisters, Henrietta Barnett and Lorain Broadwell (Mid), brothers, William Barnett and Wiley Barnett, nephew, Bill Broadwell.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda Cates Barnett, son Randall Barnett (Lisa) of Asheville, NC, daughters Sandra Forsythe (Alton) of Summerville, SC, and Lynda Poulos (George) of Canton, GA. Grandchildren Dr. Valerie Barnett, Cameron Barnett, Nicholas and Christian Poulos, Clay Forsythe (Katey), Paul and Ben Forsythe, Great-grandchild Hudson Forsythe. Sister-in-law Margie Barnett of Atlanta, nephew Chris Broadwell (Heather), niece Teresa Broadwell (Mike).

Lee graduated from Georgia State University majoring in Business. He was employed by Chevrolet Motor Division for over 2 decades. He then owned Barnett Chevrolet dealership in Boone, NC. He worked in the travel business for over 3 decades and owned Barnett Travel for 30 years in Greensboro. He held leadership positions in several travel agency organizations and many civic organizations. Lee was a Rotarian for nearly 50 years and served as deacon at First Baptist Church of Greensboro. He loved to travel. He and his wife have visited over 100 countries and all 50 states. He enjoyed Broadway musicals and visited NYC frequently. His retirement years were spent in the NC mountains because of his passion for waterfalls having visited all of the major waterfalls of the world. He loved his family and took pride and joy in his grandchildren.

He was a considerate gentleman, and a gardener, a beekeeper, and developed a water feature pond with waterfall in his yard.

A family visitation time will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the Crouch Chapel of First Baptist Church of Asheville at 5 Oak Street, Asheville.

Inurnment will be held at the columbarium at First Baptist Church of Greensboro at a future date.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 4, 2018
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