Collier Barnett, 79, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 6 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas surrounded by his cherished wife, family and friends.
Collier lived his life to the fullest and will be remembered by those who knew him as a man of integrity, generosity, compassion and enthusiasm. He was always full of heart. Collier graduated from New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, IL and Princeton University in 1956 and served 2 years as an officer in the US Navy from 1956 – 1958. Collier has lived in Dallas since 1978 and in recent years split his time between Dallas and his summer home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Collier embraced challenge and distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur, having started more than 5 successful ventures during his professional life, including Barnett TeleDirectors, Ltd; Lone Star Amusements; Auto Vend; and Payroll Central, Inc.
Collier was an avid sportsman and competitor, starting in his youngest days as a high school varsity football player and throughout his life as he participated in many sports activities. His best days were spent with friends on the golf course, and playing tennis and croquet. He loved all games - board games, card games, especially gin and bridge.
Collier was a devoted servant starting as an Eagle Scout. He served on mission trips to Honduras in connection with St. Luke's Church and is a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrews.
He was a member of the Dallas Ski Club, Trillium Links and Lake Club, Cedar Creek Racquet Club and the Cooper Aerobics Center.
Above all else, Collier loved spending time with his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Ransom Barnett, his children, Sally Jourden and her children Steven and Nicholas; Steven Barnett and his children Sarah and Samantha; and Hilary and Langley Steinert and their children, Nicholas, Max and Alexis.
The family would like to thank Dr. Minal Barve, Dr. Divi Puttagunta, Dr. Gregory Pollock, Dr. Riva Rahl and the Cooper Clinic for their excellent care.
A service in memory and in celebration of Collier Barnett's life will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 5923 Royal Lane in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Mary Lee's House, A Child Protection and Advocacy Center in Tampa Florida, www.maryleeshouse.org
; or St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX; or Good Shepard Episcopal Church, Cashiers, NC; or St. Paul's Anglican Church, San Miguel de Allende. Mexico (Address: PMB 114A, 220 N Zapata Hwy, Ste 11, Laredo, TX 78043-4464)