James Earle Barnett, Jr., 55 - Travelers Rest

James Earle Barnett, Jr. died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, after a six-and-a-half-year battle with colorectal cancer. Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of Dr. and Mrs. James Barnett. Jim, or Jimmy to friends and family, grew up in Travelers Rest, attended Travelers Rest High School and was a proud Devildog. After graduating from Augusta Military Academy in Ft. Defiance, VA, Jimmy attended the College of Charleston where he was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Order.

For 30 years, Jim was the owner and operator of Creative Exteriors. He was a longtime volunteer for Habitat for Humanity as well as an active member of John Knox Presbyterian Church. Jim served in multiple capacities at John Knox, including ruling elder and chairman of the Property and Operations Committee. He was an avid outdoorsman and always happiest in the woods or on salt water.

In addition to his father, Jim is survived by his wife, Annalynn Baiden Barnett; two sisters, Lesha Barnett Nix (John) and Kimberly Barnett Elliott (Matlock); his in-laws, Jean and Art Baiden; and one brother-in-law, A. Hamilton Baiden (Dawn). He had four nieces that he adored: Margaret Nix, Skylar Serge, Mia Serge, and Lili Baiden. Jim was predeceased by his mother Alma Lee Murray Barnett and sister, Melanie Ann Barnett.

Jim received world class care from the GHS Cancer Institute and its affiliates, in particular Dr. Jeffrey Edenfield, Dr. Patrick Culumovic, and Ms. Condra Pearson, RN. In addition, his family would like to thank the angels of Homestead Hospice who provided tender care and comfort in Jim’s final days.

A service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held Friday, January 18 at 3:30pm at John Knox Presbyterian Church. A reception and visitation with the family will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to John Knox Presbyterian Church designated for the Property and Operations Committee - 35 Shannon Drive, Greenville SC 29615.

Online condolences may be expressed here.

The Howze Mortuary, Travelers Rest is in charge of arrangements.