Former SMA President, Jim C. Barnett, M.D., of Brookhaven, Mississippi, passed away July 26. Dr. Barnett served as President of the Southern Medical Association from 1990-1991.
Together, Dr. Barnett and his wife, Roberta Barnett, made SMA history as she was also elected to serve as President of the SMA Auxiliary for 1990-1991, making them the first husband and wife team to lead both organizations together in the same year. Dr. and Mrs. Barnett joined SMA in 1972 and have continued their membership for the last 41 years.
Prior to being elected President, Dr. Barnett represented SMA members in Mississippi as Associate Councilor and as Councilor, and also served as a member of the Executive Committee, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Council, as well as on numerous committees.
Dr. Barnett also shared his many talents in his community, his church, the South Central Medical Society, and in a number of state government roles, including service in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1992-2008. An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. One of his greatest passions, however, was flying, and he was such a leading force in aviation in Mississippi that in 1986, the new Brookhaven Airport terminal building was named The Jim C. Barnett Terminal Building in his honor.
SMA is privileged to have had the guidance and involvement for so many years of such a talented and extraordinary leader.