William Bigbee Barnett

William Bigbee Barnett passed away on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. Friends and family are invited to remember Billy on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the former National Guard Armory, located at 111 YMCA Drive in Baytown.  No suits, no coats, no ties, but you can leave your hat on. In lieu of flowers, Billy would greatly appreciate donations to the Baytown YMCA or The Friends of the Baytown Nature Center.

William Bigbee Barnett, of Baytown, passed away at his home in Baytown on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. He left the planet peacefully in his sleep. Billy was diagnosed with cancer in July 2018, and he never lost hope or his spirit, even after it became apparent that his disease was incurable.

Billy Barnett was born on November 15, 1947, to Robert (Bob) Allison Barnett and Mozelle Bigbee. 

Billy lived most of his life in Baytown. He attended San Jacinto Elementary, Baytown Junior High, and Robert E. Lee High School, graduating with the class of 1966. He also attended the University of Texas at Austin and became a lifelong Longhorn fan. He was proud to be a San Jacinto Bear and a Robert E. Lee Gander. Billy believed he was very fortunate to have been raised in Baytown and had countless stories about his formative years.  From this environment he developed his love of people and learned the true value of friendship. 

Billy spent decades giving back to his beloved community. His volunteerism began in the 1980’s at the YMCA and soon snowballed to include Beautify Bayway, the Baytown Nature Center, Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center, City of Baytown Parks Department, and numerous others. In recognition of his contributions, he was a finalist for the Baytown Sun’s Citizen of the Year and was awarded ExxonMobil’s Baytown Refiner of the Year in 2011.

Billy loved giving his time to worthy causes and projects yet was somewhat embarrassed by honors he received. In his way, he helped make Baytown a better place by impacting the environment and the people.

Billy is survived by his wife of 41 years, Martha F. Barnett; son Matthew (Kate); grandson William; sister Martha Barnett Harris; nieces Kristine, Becky, and Anna; nephews Clayton and Robbie; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and more friends than you can shake a stick at. 

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Mozelle Barnett; brothers Robert S. Barnett and David A. Barnett; and last, but not least, his best four-legged friends Watson, Winston, Nigel, Hugo, Hudson, and Harry, the Irish Wolfhounds he loved so dearly.

Friends and family are invited to remember Billy on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the former National Guard Armory, located at 111 YMCA Drive in Baytown.  No suits, no coats, no ties, but you can leave your hat on.

In lieu of flowers, Billy would greatly appreciate donations to the Baytown YMCA or The Friends of the Baytown Nature Center.