Funeral services for Leonard Ernest Barnett, 78, of Silsbee were at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with interment following in Knupple Cemetery. Visitation began at 5:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Barnett passed away peacefully at his residence July 16, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Leonard was born inMagnolia Springs and was a long time resident of Silsbee. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Silsbee and worked for Silsbee ISD, retiring after many years as principal of Kirby Elementary. The students and faculty at Kirby adored him. Mr. Barnett is preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Emily Walters Barnett; and brother, J.T. Barnett. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Beverly Ann Verdine Barnett of Silsbee; sons, Mike Barnett and wife Karen of Alvin and Al Barnett and wife Jennifer of Silsbee; brother, Calvin Barnett of Magnolia Springs; sister, Irene Pendergrass of Silsbee and two adoring grandchildren, Scott and Jessica Barnett. Leonard was much loved and will be missed by all who knew him.