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John Corner Barnett

Bakersfield, California

1918 - 2007

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John Corner Barnett "Johnny or John C" April 19, 1918 - June 4, 2007 A memorial service will be held June 9th, 10:00 a.m., in the chapel of Hillcrest Mortuary. A graveside will follow at Arvin Cemetery on Bear Mountain Blvd., in Arvin. John C. was born in Ninnekah, Oklahoma to E.T. Barnett and Oliver (Jones) Barnett on April 19, 1918. He passed away quietly on June 4, 2007, in Bakersfield, at the age of 89. John graduated high school in Oklahoma but went back for a 13th year just to play football. When he went back for a 14th year, it was not allowed. College was out of his reach financially. In 1939 he married his first wife, Olga Geneva Grotts. He was working at a diner called the Quick Lunch in Plainview, Texas. Shortly after their first born son, Jerry, was born in 1941, they moved to Bakersfield, CA to pursue their dreams and ambitions. John is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; his first wife, Gene Berry; his second wife, Eunice Bittle; and his last wife, Jean (Hoosier) Barnett. He is survived by three daughters, Sheila Ryan, Sharon Burgner, and Denise Barnett; three sons, Jerry E. Barnett, Johnny Richard Barnett, and Johnny Robert Barnett. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Gary Barnett, Paul Barnett, Ken Barnett, Mike Barnett, Dennis Burgner, Kieth Burgner, Josh Barnett, Honor Levins, Kim Kjelogard, Tammy Simpson, and Jason Barnett. John also has numerous great-grandchildren; and many extended family members. Country music was John's life. He had been entertaining since he was eleven years old. In 1950 he formed a band and played at a country nite club called The Lucky Spot. He played there for 13 years. During that time, members of his band were the likes of Billy Mize, Cliff Crawford, Fuzzy Owen, Gene Moles, Tommy Hays, Bobby Durham, Roy Nichols, Merle Haggard in his early years, and many more too numerous to mention. He actually gave Merle his first job, thus they helped pioneer the "Bakersfield Sound". He also sang on the Cousin Herb TV Show and Jimmy Thomason TV Show. Johnny will not only be missed by his family, he will be missed by the country music world in Bakersfield.

This obituary was originally published in the Bakersfield Californian.

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Thank you Johnny Jr. for keeping this quest book online. It's been 2 years since Johnny's passing, but I am just finding out now. Johnny was a second Papa for me as was Jean my second Mama growing up in Bishop, Ca. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He is most certainly missed by so many people. He will always hold such a special place in my heart. RIP Johnny...

Dear Jerry, Linda and Family
We have many fond memories of John. We have always valued our friendship and know that he is now at peace. John's memorial was a great tribute to him and the love his family had for him. May God bless you always. Love

To one of the nicest people I've ever known. Its not goodbye, but see you later...Ron

Dad You opened so many doors in the music world in Bakersfield.All I had to say was I was Johnny Barnetts son,and they would stop and listen to me.Every musician in town had so much respect for you. And I'm going to miss you so much love Johnny Barnett Jr.

A great man that will be dearly missed. You will always be in our prayers.
Love Jon Mayra and the girls

Dear Johnny

So sorry I can't be there in Bakersfield to tell you goodbye in person - but you are always on my mind...you were really a truly important part of my life. You always had a smile and joke for me and a song to listen to! We will miss you! Love EmmaLee

FOR MY COUSIN JOHNNY. I DANCED TO TO YOUR MUSIC WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG. AND I REMEMBER WHEN I WALKED INTO THE "LUCKY SPOT" WHEN I WAS 17 WITH LEONARD'S BOTHER-INLAW. AND WHEN YOU SAW ME COMING TROUGH THE DOOR WITHOUT BEING STOPPED, YOU WERE SHOCKED, BUT HAD A GOOD LALUGH! SEE YA LATER/BOBBIE JEAN (AS YOU KNEW ME)

Too my old co-worker at Meadow Gold Dairies. Happy Trails John.........

uncle john you will be truly missed. we will miss him so much. to all of the family you have our deepest symphaty.may god bless all of you.