Jim Barnett (Mississippi politician)

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Jim C. Barnett, M.D.
Mississippi State Representative from Lincoln County (Brookhaven)
In office
1992–2008
Personal details
Born (1926-12-08)December 8, 1926
Edinburg, Leake County
Mississippi, USA
Died July 26, 2013(2013-07-26) (aged 86)
Jackson, Mississippi
Resting place Riverwood Memorial Park in Brookhaven
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Roberta Barnett
Children Nine children

26 grandchildren
16 great-grandchildren

Alma mater Millsaps College

Tulane University
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Occupation Physician and surgeon
Religion United Methodist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II; Korean War

Jim C. Barnett (December 8, 1926 – July 26, 2013) was an American physician who served from 1992 to 2008 in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Born in Edinburg in Leake County in central Mississippi, Barnett served in the United States Navy during World War II and as a naval flight surgeon during the Korean War. He went to Millsaps College, Tulane University, and the University of Mississippi Medical School and then graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He was engaged in family practice and surgery in Lincoln County and lived in Brookhaven. He died at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson at the age of eighty-six.[1][2]

In the legislature, Barnett worked successfully to bring the Mississippi School of the Arts to Brookhaven. A pilot, Barnett served for twelve years as the chairman of the Mississippi Aeronautics Commission. He was a member and chairman of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health. The mental health facility in Brookhaven is named in his honor.[3]


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