Barnett, Derek Lee

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November 9, 1978 - November 3, 2017

Barnett, Derek Lee

Derek Lee Barnett, 38, died on November 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. A visitation and memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 14 from 3-5 PM at Aria Funeral Home, located at 19310 Preston Rd in Dallas, Texas. Pastor Terry Barnett will preside over the memorial service beginning at 4 PM.

Derek was born on November 9, 1978 in Denison, Texas to Theo and Nora Cherry Barnett. He grew up in Denison and graduated from Denison High School in 1997. Derek spent many years working in the restaurant industry in Wichita Falls and Dallas. For the past several years, Derek was a bartender at Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill. He was well-liked by both his co-workers and the regulars there.  His former employer and co-workers will have a reception in remembrance of Derek immediately following the memorial service at Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill located at 19009 Preston Road in Dallas, Texas.

Derek had a close circle of friends, Marcus Rogers and Jason McElrath, that became his family over the years. They were brothers to him. He was blessed by their constant love and support. Derek acted as godfather to Marcus’s children Marley and Mason. He was also the godfather to Jason’s son Colton. Katie Vullo and Courtney Jones were two very dear friends to Derek who meant a great deal to him.

Derek was preceded in death by his mother, Nora Cherry Barnett and his grandparents, Paul Cherry and Bessie Brewer.

Survivors include his father, Theo Barnett and wife, Cindy Sailor of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Chrystal Barnett Ryckman and husband, Paul Ryckman of Menoken, North Dakota and their children, Warren and Micayla; a brother, Brad Barnett and wife, Mandy Barnett of Murphy, Texas and their son, Cooper. Derek is also survived by his uncle, Terry Barnett and wife, Annette Barnett of Whitesboro, Texas; his aunt, Paula Cherry Castle and husband, David Castle of Bonham, Texas; and his aunt, Susan Cherry Anderson of Denison, Texas; and several cousins.

Derek’s immediate family extends our sincerest thanks to all of his friends and their parents who gave time, support, and love to Derek during his life. Derek will always be remembered for his sharp wit and fun-loving personality. Be happy for Derek that he is now reunited with his mother, Nora, who he has deeply missed since she passed away when he was a young boy.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Heather Anderson

November 13, 2017 3:49PM

Rest in peace Derek, you are and forever will be missed dearly.

Colby Prachyl

November 13, 2017 3:48PM

You had a personality that will live on in everyone's thoughts. You never seemed unsure and your honesty will be missed.

Patricia Sandefer

November 12, 2017 1:02PM

This is a great tribute. He is deeply loved and missed by so many.

Bruce Blackman

November 12, 2017 9:45AM

Only knew you for a few years but your wit, wisdom, and friendship is eternal. You will always be loved and missed.

Brandon Henson

November 12, 2017 8:48AM

I knew him from school! I am so very sorry for your loss.

Kristina Nicole Caffee

November 11, 2017 10:06PM

Sending prayers at this time to the family. May God be with you and comfort you at this.

Melissa Jones

November 11, 2017 9:12PM

May God be with you in this tough time. Sending prayers for your family.

Mike and Pam Hines

November 11, 2017 5:37PM very sorry to hear of your brothers passing. May he rest in peace and the family find comfort in their memories and love for him!!