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TAHLEQUAH – Elvin Herman Barnett, age 77, of Tulsa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Tahlequah. Elvin Herman was born on Aug. 18, 1937, in Rocky Ford, the son of the late Alonzo and Jodie (Hilderbrand) Barnett. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Junior Lee “Ticket” Barnett, Mack Houston Barnett, Bobby Gene Barnett; and sister, Ella Mae Rogers. Herman was a 1957 graduate of Oaks Mission High School. After graduation he was employed at Patterson Steel until 1960 when he proudly enlisted in the United States Army. He completed basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, and was later stationed in Straubing, Germany. Upon his completion of his service to his country, he returned home and attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1966 and completed his Master’s Degree from NSU, also. Mr. Barnett began his 25-year teaching career with Tulsa Public Schools in 1966 at Lombard Elementary. He continued to touch and influence children’s lives while teaching at William Penn Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Riley Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary. Being around horses was one of Herman’s favorite things to do. He was known for being a good trainer and having great Quarter Horses with great pedigrees. He could be seen most every weekend at a rodeo or at the race track. During his retirement years he took up many new hobbies, one of which was playing the guitar and acting. He continued his education even after retirement at Tulsa Junior College where he took many drama, acting and theater classes. He was cast in the role as “Sheriff” in the independent movie “Party Crasher: My Bloody Birthday” and appeared in the NBC Movie of the Week, “In The Line of Duty, Ambush in Waco.” One of his most enjoyable roles he played was that of Mayor in the Trail of Tears Drama at the Tsa-La-Gi Amphitheater. He was proud of his Cherokee heritage and was proud to be a Christian. He received the calling of the Lord early in life and showed his devotion by reading the entire Bible three times in his lifetime. Mr. Barnett is survived by his daughter, Bridgett Barnett Phillips of Resaca, Ga., and her husband Danny; granddaughters, Danielle and Sage Phillips also of Resaca; extended family, Sue Molloy and husband Eddie of Tahlequah and children Dell Molloy and Dana Daniels, Kathie Morris of Chewey and daughter Michelle Taylor; special children, Maci Dale and Trevor Taylor; brother, D.D. Barnett of Farmington, N.M.; sister, Shirley Barnett of Yuba City, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Patsy Barnett and Judy Barnett; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services for Elvin Herman Barnett were held Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at Hart Funeral Home in Tahlequah with Terry Guthrie and Maxie Thompson officiating. The family received family and friends on Tuesday, April 7, at Hart Funeral Home. Interment followed the services at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Danny Phillips, Eddie Molloy, Dell Molloy, Luke Barnett, Patrick Barnett, and James Morrison II. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Dykes, Sonny Dodd, and Mick Dundom. The family would like to thank the Cherokee County Rehabilitation Center for their love and care. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 918-456-8823.
Published on  April 14, 2015
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