Perry Osteen Barnett(e)
by Nolen L. Brunson
Perry O. Barnett(e) lived in the Oak Grove area near Gowansville, was born December 14 1872; there is an "e" added to his name. He was married twice, first to Anna C. Turner, born October 10, 1876, the daughter of William C. Turner and Texanna Revan; died November 11, 1902, buried in Gowansville cemetery, then to Ethel Johnson, born, in 1886 and died in 1969; she was the daughter of John Tyler Johnson. He was a farmer and a blacksmith in Landrum. Perry died in July 18, 1948 and was also buried in Gowansville cemetery between the two wives.
Children of the first marriage were: Leonard Barnett,born December 1895, Broadus A. Barnett, Sr.,Ervin Barnett and Herman Barnett. Children of the second marriage were: Clara Barnett (married H. Ostie Boone, nephew of Preacher Boone), Clarence Barnett (he was a lay preacher), Mabel Barnett (married Leo Levi, of Tuxedo) and Leroy Barnett (he married Grace McClure. Lorene mentions another son, Harrison Barnette, born about February, 1900, not shown on other information; could he be identified with Herman or one of the others?
Note: Assuming that Leroy Barnett married Grace McClure: She was born about 1920, in Greenville County, the daughter of Alender McClure and Addie Pruitt. Other McClure children were Paul McClure, James McClure, J. C. McClure, Billy McClure, Andrew McClure, Carol McClure, Ray McClure, Mary McClure Greene and Clara Mae McClure Petty. Grace was a member of Tuxedo Baptist Church and a retired inspector with J. P. Stevens. On September 3, 1995, at age 75, while living at 103 Redbird Lane, Apartment 10, in or near Landrum, Grace died at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held at Tuxedo Baptist Church, conducted by Revs. Harold McKinish and Walter Adams, and she was afterwards buried in the church cemetery. She was survived by a son, Gerald Barnett, of 226 W. Rutherford Road, Landrum, the seven brothers and two sisters mentioned above, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
It is possible that the Leonard Barnett mentioned above is the same as the Leonard O. Barnett who was the husband of Elizabeth Page (her obituary was included in Elizabeth Farmer's papers). She was born about 1896, in Spartanburg, the daughter of James M. Page and Mattie West. For some time, at least, they lived in Hendersonville. Though no date has yet been found, it appears that he predeceased her.Elizabeth, at age 84, while living at 531 Country Club Road in Hendersonville, died on June 11, 1980. Funeral services were held at Thomas Shepherd & Sons Church Street Chapel in Hendersonville, conducted by Rev. Eugene Peacock. She was buried in Oakdale Cemetery. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Elizabeth was survived by a son Leonard Barnett of Iron Statton, N. C., a daughter Evelyn Barnett King, of Hendersonville, five brothers (Osborne Page, Paul Page and Thad Page, all of Inman; Reginald Page, of Landrum; and Roy Page of High Point, four sisters (Nellie Page Barbara, of High Point; Vivian Page McClure, of Tryon; Clara Page Waldrop, of Landrum; and Gertrude Page Williams, of Inman, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Broadus A. Barnett, Sr. was born about 1898, in Greenville County, but he moved to Henderson County in 1916, remaining a resident of that County until his death. He married Bertha McPeters; he was a building contractor and a member of the First Baptist Church of East Flat Rock. At age 63, on December 22, 1961, he died in Hendersonville. Funeral services were conducted at the church by Rev. N. B. Phillips, Thomas Shepherd Funeral Home being in charge. He was buried in Tuxedo Cemetery near Mars Hill. He was survived by his wife, a son Broadus A. Barnett, Jr., of Hendersonville, two half-sisters Clara Boone, of Greer, and Mrs. Leo [Mabel] Levi, of Tuxedo, four brothers Herman, of Hendersonville; Ervin, of Mountain Home; Clarence [half-brother], of Jessop,Tennessee; and Leroy [ half-brother], of Greenville, Tennessee), and his step mother Ethel, of Tuxedo.