Maxwell Lynn

October 4, 1967 - October 28, 2020

Maxwell Lynn Barnett, age 53, of Florence, entered into his heavenly home surrounded by his family and friends, on October 28, 2020. The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 31, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Florence. The funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church with Brother Kevin Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Martha Barnett.

Survivors include his loving wife, Whitney Phillips Barnett; brothers, Ken (Carrie) Barnett and Lane (Lana) Barnett; nieces and nephews, Brady, Lawson and Lauren Barnett, Garrett and Carson Phillips, and Kaylee and Laynee McGee; and great-niece, Blakely

Max and Whitney previously owned and operated PBS Services, Inc.   He was a deacon at First Baptist, and served on the board of the YMCA of Florence. He was an active member in the Shoals, Huntsville and Decatur Homebuilders’ Associations. Running, golfing and traveling filled his leisure time. He always looked forward to the family beach vacation, as it was one of his favorites.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Bevis, Marc Dempsey, Charles Crow, Jason Wilkes, Garrett Phillips, Carson Phillips and Lawson Barnett.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Lyman and Kay Mitchell, and the doctors and staffs of the North Alabama Cancer Center and the Neurology and Radiation Departments of UAB.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Florence or to the YMCA. You may leave condolences at


October 31, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Florence


First Baptist Church Florence, North Walnut Street, Florence, AL, USA

October 31, 2020 10:00 am

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October 31, 2020
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First Baptist Church of Florence. Burial to follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.


First Baptist Church Florence, North Walnut Street, Florence, AL, USA

October 31, 2020 1:00 pm

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17 Comments on “Maxwell Lynn Barnett”

  1. Dear Whitney,

    My heart hurts for you today. It was so obvious Max adored you, as you did him. You two were such an inspirational, Godly couple. I am praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

    1. Praying for peace and comfort for the Barnett family. I am very thankful I worked for PBS and privileged to know Max.

  2. Whitney, You have been and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers .. I’m so very sorry..

    Beth Counce

  3. Dear Barbara, Charles and Whitney, we are very saddened to know of the grief you all are feeling. May time, faith and blessings help you and your family. Frank and Anne

  4. Whitney, Our hearts hurt with you all today, you and Max have always been an inspiration and blessings to those around you. Our love and prayers are with you and the family knowing that God has you in the palm of His hand.

  5. Whitney, I am so sorry for your loss. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family throughout this trying time.

  6. Whitney and family,
    Praying for you and your family during this time, and the days ahead.

    Paul Smith and Gloria Ayn Goar

  7. So sad to hear of the passing of sweet Max. Whitney, you and your wonderful family are in my prayers daily! You’ve all made such a huge impact on me believing that there are truly good people in this world! My deepest condolences!

  8. My heart sank when I got the news of Max . Whitney , you and your family are in our prayers. Please know you have the love of many ❤️❤️

  9. To The Barnett Family—May God’s Richest Blessings be with you in this time of sorrow. While it has been many years since we have seen Max, we remember him well from times in his high school years and the many ballgames between Brooks and Central. Through the 3 boys years at Brooks, we got to know Troy and his entire Family and developed a close friendship. Your Family remains in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

    Jack & Janet Harrison
    Central Heights

  10. Max was a great example for all the kids when he was at Brooks. We have a lot of memories that we will cherish of Troy, Martha, and family from the basketball state tournament. It will not seem right without them there. Prayers for all of the family.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Barnett family in these times of sadness, Max was a great guy and a friend, may God bless him and his family.

  12. Whitney/Ken,

    So sorry for the passing of Max. I think I may have ran in to him a couple times since college but I really thought a lot of him and enjoyed those times in Tuscaloosa with him and all those other Brooks boys. Such a great guy who passes much too early. I will be praying for the whole family.

    Chris Kelley

  13. Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed max working with me on several jobs setting up Shelving that his dad had sold to banks and Merrill Lynch building. And we may have made a trip out town. I will miss his friendship and his smile. Sincerely Earl bassham

  14. So very sorry for your loss. I met Max when we were just kids at a basketball camp. Played against him and the boys from Brooks many times. Max was a great athlete. I know he will be deeply missed.

  15. My heart grieves. I’m so sorry and praying for you all. Wonderful college day memories.
    Jill Hipps Newman

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