C. Lawrence Barnett

Sept. 2, 1931

Sept. 22, 2013

C. Lawrence Barnett, 82, a retired minister and insurance executive, died Sept. 22, 2013.

Lawrence was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Fort Worth, to Cecil Rhoads Barnett and Edmonia Utley Barnett, both ministers.

Lawrence was ordained in 1956 as an Assemblies of God minister and served numerous congregations in the greater Fort Worth area and church ministries in various capacities. He selflessly gave of his time and expertise with longtime service on boards of directors of Christian Fidelity Foundation, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Global University, Pleasant Hills Children's Home, A/G Family Services and other church-affiliated benevolent and educational institutions.

In 1971, he was elected president of Christian Fidelity Life Insurance Company of Waxahachie, and led the company through 30 years of growth, expanding into 31 states and Medicare Supplement product lines.

He was also an entrepreneur, having owned and operated multiple businesses over his career including Bar-Tex Metal Products, Texas Graphic Corporation and Diversified Services.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two younger brothers, Joseph W. Barnett and Ronald E. Barnett.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alletha Mae Harward Barnett; daughter, Gay Barnett and husband, Jon Burroughs of Everson, Wash.; sons, Larry Barnett and wife, Janelda of Greenwood, Ind., David Barnett and wife, Juliana of Richland Hills; sister, Alice L Swain of Stephenville; grandchildren: Rachel Manley, M.D. and husband, Joe of Bloomington, Ind., David Barnett and wife, Sara of San Jose, Calif., Timothy Barnett and Alletha Barnett of Greenwood, Ind., Leah Rockwell and husband, Brian of Fort Worth, Daniel Barnett, CPT USA, and wife, Kristin of Tacoma, Wash., Caleb Barnett and Benjamin Barnett of Richland Hills; two step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Christian Fidelity Foundation, PO Box 820765, Fort Worth, 76182.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Bethesda Community Church, under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6- 8 p.m. Thursday at Bethesda Community Church, 4700 Beach St. in Haltom City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX. 817-336-0584