Ronnie “Shorty” Glen Barnett joined Jesus’ crew of fishing buddies on February 17, 2023 at the age of 77.
Shorty was born in Taylor, Texas on May 24, 1945 to Mildred (Purser) & Olin Mobley “Jack” Barnett. He grew up in several towns across West Texas as the second of three boys. Shorty decided early on that he wanted to see the world. He figured the best way to do so would be to join the military and with the help of his father, he enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17. Shorty served aboard the USS Rupertus (DD 851) and was a proud Vietnam Veteran. Following his naval service, Shorty returned to Texas where he met and married Pat. Shorty and Pat have three sons: Rick, David, and Eddie. Shorty and Pat moved to Dripping Springs in 1986 where they quickly became involved in the community. Shorty was a beloved member of the Sunset Canyon Baptist Church staff for 17 years where he took care of anything that needed done and loved on a whole lot of preschoolers along the way. He was a founding and active member of American Legion Post 290 / VFW Post 2933 and took great pride in being a veteran. He loved participating in the various Veterans Day activities across Dripping Springs ISD and his lap was often full of kids claiming Shorty as theirs.
Shorty is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat, and their three sons Rick (Jackie), David (Tosha), and Eddie (Hilary); grandchildren Rebecca, Tyler, Madison, Patricia, and Taylor; and great-grandchild Leianni, as well as his church family, numerous close friends, and the entire community of Dripping Springs.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 4-7 pm at Harrell Funeral Home in Dripping Springs. The funeral will be held on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 10 am at Sunset Canyon Baptist Church with burial immediately following at Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs. Pallbearers will be Nick Gutierrez, Rich Johnson, Roger Noxon, Gary Hale, Tom Sawyer, and Joe Bowman. Honorary pallbearers will be David Embry, Kyle Chandler, and David Little. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial donations be made to Patriots’ Hall of Dripping Springs, 100 Commons Road Ste. 7, #377, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.
Special thanks to the kind staff at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Kathryn & Kyle Chandler, Lyssa & Hank Seale, Pastors Russell Dixon & Dr. Lonny Poe, the Sunset Canyon Baptist Church family, and American Legion Post 290/VFW Post 2933 for your unwavering love and support.