Ted Clark Barnett

March 14, 1971 - November 7, 2023
Ted Clark Barnett



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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.


Visiting Hours

Church Street Funeral & Cremation - Directions
125 South Church Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
  • Monday, November 13, 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • January 19, 2024
    Kelly Giles says:
    Rest Easy Chief. Thanks for all the wonderful hospitality when I came for visit your students. Capt. Kelly Giles Greensboro Fire Department

  • November 14, 2023
    Tiffany Wood says:
    Some of my most favorite memories in school and growing up included you. Ted, I am grateful for those years, for the kindness and laughter. Thank you so much for being my friend.

  • November 13, 2023
    Crystal Banks says:
    When you were around, no matter the gathering I think everyone knew it would be filled with laughter. It may have been a joke or some witty snapback or just from poking fun and I want to thank you for that. My thoughts and prayers go out to all your loved ones. May they find healing from one anther in this time of sadness.

  • November 13, 2023
    Tadd posted an image:
    Ted with our Mustangs and the other horses. Our high school years were some of the best.
    Ted with our Mustangs and the other horses. Our high school years were some of the best.

  • November 13, 2023
    Tadd says:
    Some of the most memorable times of my life were spent with a few good friends in my high school years, with my good buddy Ted as one of the best. We always reveled in some sort of fun and mischief but it was always legal (most of the time), and we kept the roads hot in our steel horses. All our fun and crazy memories will forever be in my heart my dear friend, and each time I hop in my Mustang to go for a ride, I’ll smile with thoughts of the yesteryears and all the fun we had together. God’s plan now reveals that our journey together here on Earth must pause, but I know our friendly souls will meet again one day, in a place so perfect that only you can now experience. God has truly blessed me by having our paths cross in this life. Yesterday, today and forever, you will always be my “ride or die” partner in crime, like a brother I never had. Thank you my dear friend for sharing a part of your life with me. I’ll see you on the other side. Love you buddy…Tadd