Bryan Barnett

Jan 11, 2017

Loving Husband, Dad and Son

WEAVERVILLE — Sammy Bryan Barnett, 48, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his home.

A native of Haywood County, he was a resident of Weaverville. He was the son of Sam and Jane Hunter Barnett. Bryan was a graduate of Tuscola High School and attended North Carolina State University and was also a graduate of Haywood Community College.

He was an engineer and maintenance supervisor at Continental Automotive for 25 years. Bryan loved fishing, hunting and woodworking and was an avid fan of University of Alabama football. He was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Bryan is survived by his wife of 17 years, Pamela Lankford Barnett; a daughter, Ashley Eskew (Ed Moody), of Candler; a son, Adrian Eskew (Amber), of Mountain Home, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Owen, Katelyn, Brielle, Finnegan and Grant; and his mother and father-in-law, Verl and Judyth Emrick, of Clermont, Florida.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Swanger and Rev. Patrick Womack officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kari’s Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 6165, Johnson City, TN  37602. For more information about Kari’s Heart Foundation and Bryan’s physician, please visit

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at