“I was blessed with a great father. He loved, supported, and encouraged me, as well as my family, unconditionally. We spoke often about everything from my career to our faith and he was always available to give advice or just listen. He was a great example as a husband, father, and mentor; and I will always appreciate that he practiced what he preached in public and at home.
“From the time I was young, I can remember my dad serving the Lord. Whether it was an early morning hospital visit, church project, counseling session, or vacation Bible school, he was always willing to serve with a smile and positive attitude that was contagious. The calling on his life to share the Gospel was genuine and he never grew tired of it.
“Our family is very thankful for the outpouring of support and testimonies of how my dad made a positive impact on several lives in Blount County.With that said, I know he would correct me and say it was Jesus that made the impact, not him.
“I’m going to certainly miss my dad for several reasons, but ultimately I’m very thankful for our time together, and as my dad said many times from the pulpit, ‘God is good, all the time.’”
– David Barnett, the middle son of Bill and Nancy Barnett, reflects on the life of his father, who passed away at the age of 66 on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Brother Bill, as he was known to most, was the husband of Nancy, who he married on Dec. 27, 1980. They went on to have three sons, Brad, David, and Michael.Brother Bill was also a faithful pastor to his church, Union Hill Baptist, for 27 years. His ministry stretched beyond those church walls as he touched the lives of countless people throughout this community and beyond.
Bill and Nancy grew up in Houston, Texas. After finishing Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1990, the Barnetts’ walk of faith led them to Blount County.
Brother Bill was a true disciple of Jesus Christ, always serving, always encouraging, and always compassionate. He was a blessing to all. He was, and will always be, a blessing to me.
“This man…. the man who always had this look in his eyes… eyes filled with love… compassion… joy,” Mindy Evans shared on Facebook shortly after Brother Bill’s passing. “Eyes that reflected the true love of Jesus. A man who loved everybody and it always showed. He was there for us through so much, just as he was for everyone who needed him, without questions and with no hesitation, anytime and any hour,”
“A True Man of God. Our hearts are breaking horribly, yet rejoicing because his body is now COVID free and he is safe in the arms of Jesus.Brother Bill Barnett, you touched so many lives in more ways than you could ever imagine. We will forever love you and Mrs. Nancy. You were not only our pastor, but our friend.”