October 14, 2013
The Rev. James O. Barnett will celebrate his 81st birthday today. He was born Oct. 15, 1932. He is the son of the late Abraham Lincoln Barnett and Louisa Elizabeth Barnett. Barnett has been the faithful spiritual leader and pastor of “The Church of the First Born” in Middlesboro for 55 years. He and his wife Ruth were blessed with nine children: Wanda, James, Otis, Phyllis, Joe, Daniel, Lisa, Penny and Lee Roy. He also has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.