Ted Clark Barnett, 52, of Mountain Home, NC died peacefully at his home on after an extended illness on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
He was born in Hendersonville in 1971 to Meriem Clark Barnett and L.E. “Bud” Barnett. Ted graduated from West Henderson High School in 1989 and later attended Blue Ridge Comm College, as well as numerous state fire colleges throughout the years.
He proudly served his community for 20 years as a firefighter with Mountain Home Fire & Rescue beginning in 1993. In 2012 he began the Firefighter Academy at Balfour Education Center, which later transitioned to a new location at the Henderson County Innovative High School.
He was known affectionately by his students and co-workers as “Chief.” Ted was devoted to teaching life saving skills and imparting his own wisdom and experience upon a new generation of firefighters.
He was preceded in death by his father, L.E. “Bud” Barnett of Mountain Home and by his grandparents, Ruth and Woodrow Barnett, and Sue and Gaither Clark.
He is survived by his mother, Meriem Clark Barnett of Mountain Home; his sister, Betsy Barnett of Mountain Home; his niece, Emily Barnett of Mountain Home; his aunt, Terry Blackwell of Dana; his cousin, Jason Blackwell and his wife, Athena, of Dana and many other cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved caregiver and life partner of 14 years, Ginny Ward of Hendersonville.
A visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Church Street Funeral & Cremation, at all other times the family can be found at his mothers home.
Mountain Home Fire & Rescue will be doing the last call and presentation at 6:00 PM.
125 South Church Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
- Monday, November 13, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM