Gordon “Peanut” Barrett, 68, of Garrison, Texas passed away on February 18, 2020 in Tyler, Texas. Born August 15, 1951, in Garrison, Texas, to the late Gordon “Si” Barrett and Renney Clotte (Frederick) Barrett. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 3:30PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, with Bishop Neal Cox officiating.
Visitation will be held prior to the service on February 20, 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.
Peanut was raised in Garrison, Texas. He attended Garrison and Timpson Schools. Shortly thereafter, Peanut met Gina at a local business in Garrison, The Bulldog Den. Gina was sitting on the hood of a car waiting for her sister Teresa to come out, Peanut asked her for a kiss and the answer was no! Many times after that he received the same answer no. Finally he asked her for a date, when he went to pick her up at her house for the date and knocked on the door Gina’s mom came to the door and Peanut asked for Blondie, see he didn’t know her real name because the young folks in Garrison had nicknamed her Blondie. They courted for a few months, Gina (Blondie) gave into his kiss, and the two joined together in marriage on May 23, 1975. They have spent almost 45 years together, making many memories over these years. Peanut worked as a roofer, and journeyman for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman. Peanut enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Although Peanut and Gina never had children, the love they shared with their nieces and nephews, was just like if they were their own.They were just like his own children.
Peanut loved to take his neice and nephews fishing, he had a favorite story he would tell about taking Jesse, Amber, Wesley, Brian, and Blake trotline fishing, they had all gone out in the boat to check the lines in Lake Murvaul, he was telling the kids there was an alligator in Murvaul, when they got back to the dock and stopped the boat Peanut grabbed Wesley up and pitched him in the lake saying” there’s that alligator” once the kids realized there wasn’t an alligator they asked him if they could get in the water too, being the cool fun Uncle that he was he said “jump in” and they all jumped into the lake.
Sometimes he would take the kids to the Sabine River and would let them put out throwlines, he would let them pick there on spots for a line and then when they went back to check their lines it would turn into a compition to see who had the biggest fish, on one trip everyone had got a fish but Brian, they got to Brians last line and Peanut would grab hold of the line to see if it would jurk in his hand, he says to Brian “man we have Jaws on here” when they got the fish up close to the boat, he let Brian help dip it up with the dip net since that was what he would let all of them do with their fish, this fish was a big one and with Peanuts help they got that big fish in the boat but it flopped and made the handle of the dip net bounce up and it hit Brian in the mouth. Brian started to cry and Peanut asked him “ are you OK” Brian said “ YES I AM JUST SO HAPPY” because his fish was the biggest one caught that day.
Another thing Peanut would do with the kids was take them joy riding on the country backroads. When the kids wanted to drive and they were to small to reach the petals he would let them sit on his lap and they would steer. There was a favorite road that the kids loved to go on that they had named THRILL HILL. Peanut would let them get into the bed of his pickup and they would all laydown and when Peanut would drive fast over the hills it would feel like they were riding on a rollercoster.
Peanut and Gina spent every minute together, they would ride the backroads together listening to the Scriptures, and listerning for the call of the Whipoorwills and frogs singing in the night.
He loved Family gatherings would great food and sitting to visit or play a game of chickenfoot or cornhole, he really enjoyed time spent at the lake or deer camp.
Peanut had a great love for a good dog, he had old Sheba his coonhound and would take her out on coon hunts with his friends, he also loved the small dogs, like his dog Maggie.
Most of all he loved God the Father and Jesus Christ, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
Peanut is a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gina Barrett; sisters, Rena Sue Hughes and late husband Leonard Hughes; Patsy Cranford and husband Buddy; Kathleen Cranford and husband Bobby Dale; numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.
Peanut is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon “Si” Barrett and Renny Clotte Barrett; brother in law, Leonard Hughes; and nephew, Rodney Hughes.
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.