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“Charles added such a spiritual connection to services with his music. He played for my conversion and Bat Mitzvah. I will always remember. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl B - Austin, TX

“May your memory be for a blessing and a credit to all Israel. ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Ben Stein - Houston, TX

“Extraordinary talented musician. We will miss him. ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: S.Wilson - Houston, TX

“'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was 'Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Chuck and Julie - TX - church

“You have left a legacy here, in this community. You are gone but not forgotten You have graced the hearts of many people You have always been...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Michael G. - Austin, TX

“Saying good-bye is always difficult: whether you want to say good-bye for a brief time; for long time; or forever its always difficult. We often...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Leon R. - Austin, TX - Church

“Longing for one more day - An Irish prayer When we lose someone we love it seems that time stands still. What moves through us is a silence... a...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: S. Berg - TX

“We Remember Them In the rising of the sun and its going down, We Remember Them. In the bowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, We...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: M.Clark - San Antonio, TX

“We Remember Them In the rising of the sun and its going down, We Remember Them. In the bowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, We...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: M.Clark - San Antonio, TX

“Charles will always have a special place in my heart...his musical gifts helped to make my High Holy Days in Austin some of the most meaningful and...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Michael F. - Austin, TX

“We will miss you and your music. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Rachel - Austin, TX

“One of my fondest memories is when you accompanied Spencer as he sang "Papirosen". So beautiful--and not a dry eye in the house. ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Anonymous - TX

“TZADIK is defined as a righteous,even saintly person whose presence is a joy and a blessing to everyone fortunate enough to know them. Charles was...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Ed W. - Austin, TX

“May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified in the world that He created as He willed. May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: J. Levy - Houston, TX

“May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified in the world that He created as He willed. May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: J. Levy - Houston, TX

“For your service to God and country we thank you. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Elaine & David B. - San Marcos, TX

“Great artist that he was, it was all about the music and devotion to God. His family was blessed by him. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: M.J. Stone - Austin, TX

“Thank you for the music. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Leah - Austin, TX - musician

“Thank you for the music. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Leah - Austin, TX - musician

“Forever in our hearts ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Rick & Casey B. - Austin, TX

“His music touched the hearts of everyone who heard him play and made our worship service more meaningful. Go with God,Mr. Barnett. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Joe Smith - Austin, TX

“Thank you, charles, for your service to our country. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - TX

“Shalom. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: J. Schultz - Austin, TX

“As we lit our Shabat candles at home tonight, we also said a brief prayer for Charles, beloved pianist who made our Shabat evening services a...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: The Family of Jacob ben David - TX

“Charles was among the most brilliant pianists I have ever heard anywhere. He faithfully served Congregation Beth Israel for 50 years. I remember...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Hadassah bat Yakov - Elgin, TX

“Remembering Charles and all of the family today in our thoughts, memories, and prayers. Our family connections go way back to his grandmother,...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Bennie Ruth Smith Davis - TX

“Charles was an extremely talented and dedicated musician. His playing added much to the worship services at University Baptist Church. He will be...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Gerrell D. Moore


Charles Barnett, age 77, of Austin passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012.

He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and then a professional organist at 1st United Methodist Church for over 40 years, Temple Beth Israel over 50 years, and most recently University Baptist Church. Charles, a graduate of the University of Texas, had a curious intellect and a tenacious spirit. The eternal student, with over 300 hours study at the university, he was devoted to his interests which ranged from music and mathematics to chemistry, several languages including Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French and Spanish, plus art history and a wide range of all the arts. He was an accomplished musician, composer and performer. He also loved to cook and to travel with a well-worn pathway to Paris.

Charles is survived by his lifelong partner, friend and traveling companion Carole Stromberg of Austin, Texas; brothers, Bobby Barnett of Cincinnati, Ohio, Larry Barnett of Kyle, Texas; three nephews and nieces; two great-nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Avenue. Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Capital Parks Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas.

There will also be a memorial service in January honoring Charles with special performances by friends and musicians, to be announced at a later date.