Lee Finley “JR” Barnett III, 42, of Harmony, NC, died Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Baptist Hospital following an illness of about a year. He was born in Iredell County, NC to Lee F. Barnett, Jr. and Marsha Hazelwood Barnett.
JR had served his country in the US Marine Corps and worked for UPS for over 20 years. He was a people person, never met a stranger, and loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed fishing, singing, farming and cookouts with friends and family. He was a great husband and brother, and it was no secret that he was his mama’s favorite child. He was a terrible motorcycle rider, went by the nickname, Pinkie, and loved giving to others. It was not unusual for him to randomly pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant.
JR was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lee “Butch” Barnett, Sr and Madeline Barnett, and maternal grandfathers, Bill Hazelwood and Bill Kerr.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Crystal Hochmuth Barnett; a daughter, Graycie Barnett; two sisters, Angela B. Leach (Lox), Heather Lester; his grandmother, Vernie Kerr; a great-aunt, Joyce Reese; 11 nieces and nephews; and 5 aunts and uncles and their spouses. He was also privileged to have special “brothers from other mother’s” Nick Philbeck, Jason Hendricks, Michael Meager, and Chris Penninger.
The family will visit with friends Saturday evening September 17, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Nicholson Funeral Home. Funeral services with military rites will be held Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown, West Virginia, with Rev. Josh Bunton officiating. Burial will follow at Bradley Cemetery in Lindside, WV.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until time of funeral services on Sunday at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Nicholson Funeral Home and Broyles Shrewsbury Funeral Home are serving the Barnett family.