PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — Lt. Col. George Barry “Skip” Barnett, USAF retired, was born Dec. 27, 1948, and went to be with his Lord Jan. 19, 2014, at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, La.
George’s life was a wonderful success story. From his meager beginnings on Beacon Street in Laurel, Miss., he understood what it meant to work for what you had in life, yet at the same time knew that it came from the gracious, loving heavenly Father.
His first job as a boy was shining shoes in front of the local barbershop not far from his home. From there, he made money to help the family, chasing escaped chickens for the local Sanderson Farms plant. Also, he ran a newspaper route as a young teenager.
As a young man, he sold insurance for State Farm. He was told to join the biggest church in town in order to be a success as a salesman. It was there that he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was called to the ministry.
George was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After becoming a Christian, he went to the New Orleans Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, he went into the ministry, pastoring churches in Mississippi, including Perkinston Baptist Church in Perkinston, Miss. From there he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a chaplain. During this time, his tours of duty included California, Korea, Keesler in Biloxi, Miss., Texas and Illinois. Also during this time, he attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., where he obtained a master’s degree in Christian education.
After he went into the Air Force Reserve and retired from active duty, he continued to serve as pastor under the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastoring churches in Philo, Paris, Long Beach, Miss., and Orange Grove, Miss. Later in 2009, he retired from full-time ministry.