Tom Barnett, a very young 57, was the true Virginia Gentleman. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Tom lived his entire life there. He worked hard throughout his life, graduating from Fork Union Military Academy and going on to being the youngest District Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He was a leading Sales Engineer and became a local as well as nationally renowned Outdoor Writer after his early retirement at age 40. Tom played hard as well. He set Virginia Angler Club records for 26 years and took many trophy deer by numerous sporting methods. He lived life in the fast lane, restoring Mustangs and proudly showing and cruising in his "Best of Show" 1968 GT 500 KR Shelby. More importantly, Tom was a true Christian, devoted husband for 32 years, and a loving and responsible father to his "favorite" (and only) daughter, Mary Beth. He adored his family and gentlemen's 10 acre estate with his personally built and stocked pond. He relished his home, feeding deer, turkey, and hand feeding numerous flying squirrels. He adored his Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and his beloved Dalmatians, Belle and Freedom. Tom's only regret was that he would not be allowed to continue down the fast lane. Although he crossed over many difficult "speed bumps," as he called life's hurdles, during his four and a half years after ACC diagnosis, on October 1, 2005, Tom passed on to a more perfect existence.
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