The Barnetts of Stanton TN

The Barnetts
The Barnetts

In 1970, in the small West Tennessee town of Stanton, sat a young couple who together committed their lives to serving God as Linda sang a song to Royce that he had never heard before, “JESUS USE ME”. Royce told her, "That is my prayer," and it forever changed their lives.

Linda, a faithful prayer warrior, never gave up praying for her lost husband, and Royce accepted Christ as his savior January 10th, 1970. Never stop praying! Never give up hope! Two weeks later Royce started playing lead (a Sears and Roebuck guitar) for his cousins the Finchers, from Frog Jump TN. Linda was singing with her sister, Gussie Hughes, and Sarah Kee in a female trio from Crockett County, TN. Their twin daughters, Darla & Debra started singing an occasional song when the trio sang and also when they would go with The Finchers. When the girls started singing harmony the family felt the call from God to start a family group ministry. So Royce left the Finchers in 1971 and years later The Barnetts are still going with the original four they started with and several more.

In 1985, Darla married Jesse Dedmon. They have two children,a son, Rory-Taylor (10/24/91)and as of December 17,2016, a daughter by marriage, Savannah Hope Jewell Dedmon. Taylor and Hope have 2 daughters, Evie James Dedmon born 10/29/19 and Linley Tate Dedmon born 7/9/2021. Darla & Jesse also have a daughter, Katelyn Victoria "Katie" (6/20/95)and another son November 21, 2020 when Katie married Dayton Gay.
In 1986, Deb married Tracy Rodgers, formerly of The Rodgers from Atwood, TN (his family’s group). They have a son, Greg (6/25/90) and as of June 29th, 2013, a daugher by marriage, Katherine Sullivan Tritt Rodgers.Then June 12, 2018 the 4th generation made his appearance, Greg and Katherine had their first child, a son, Benjamin (Ben) Wayne Rodgers. Then March 20, 2021 their second child, a daughter, Sarah Rebecca(Becca) Rodgers was born.

Royce plays lead guitar, harmonicas, fiddle, and banjo. He also sings. Linda plays the piano and sings and makes sure we don’t go hungry!!!! She also takes care of the scheduling and bookkeeping. Darla plays the bass and piano and sings. Rory-Taylor plays the rhythm guitar and sings. Deb plays the piano and sings. Tracy plays the bass and sings and Greg plays the drums and has played them full time for the group since he was five years old and sings. Katie sings and she also sings with Rory-Taylor, Greg to form the third generation of Barnetts. Hope also has a lovely soprano voice and sings with us. On occasion we are blessed to have Jesse and Katherine join us. Jesse plays the rhythm guitar and sings, Katherine has a beautiful voice and can be found singing with her mom, sister and sister by marriage at their home church.

Royce and Linda Barnett are members of Stanton UMC Church in Stanton TN and have been members since 1957. Jesse, Darla and Katie Demon are members of Allen Baptist Church in Brownsville TN, as well as Tracy and Deb Rodgers. Greg, Katherine and Ben Rodgers belong to Mercer Baptist in Mercer TN and Rory-Taylor, Hope and Evie James are members at Bellvue Baptist Church in Cordova TN.

Now you can see why our theme is Joshua 24:15 “As for Me and My House We Will Serve the Lord.”

Royce and Linda received The James Blackwood Lifetime Acheivement Award in 2000. They also celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary May 11, 2007. In 2015, Darla & Deb received the same award their parents did 15 years earlier, The James Blackwood Lifetime Acheivement Award.

On September 16, 2020, our family`s world was turned upside down when wife, mother, grandmother,great grandmother and matriarch of The Barnett Family was called to meet face to face the One she had sung about and for all her life. The family did discuss the future of the ministry. Hands down we know time is critical and we had to carry on!!!

Our prayer is that God’s will, will be done in the ministry He has called our family into.


The Barnetts
P O Box 103
Stanton TN  38069

Schedule of Events

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Date Event Name
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Jul 17 2022
1:30 p.m
Brints Chapel Baptist Middleton TN
Jul 24 2022
6:00 p.m
Gann Community Church Milan TN
Aug 06 2022
7:00 p.m
Salt River Christian New London MO
Aug 07 2022
9:30 a.m
Salt River Christian New London MO
Aug 13 2022
7:00 p.m
Palestine Baptist Henderson TN
Aug 14 2022
10:30 a.m
Christ Church Baptist Fellowship Dyersburg TN
Aug 21 2022
10:30 a.m
Glenn`s Chapel Methodist Lake Cormorant MS
Aug 27 2022
6:00 p.m
Red Arrow General Baptist Benton Harbor MI
Aug 28 2022
10:30 a.m
New Day Church Watervliet MI
Sep 10 2022
8:00 a.m
Reelfoot Baptist Jubilee Troy TN
Sep 11 2022
10:30 a.m
First Assembly of God Brighton Brighton TN
Sep 18 2022
1:00 p.m
White`s Chapel Jackson TN
Sep 24 2022
6:00 p.m
Evangel Full Gospel Holly Springs MS
Sep 25 2022
10:30 a.m
Maple Springs C P Beech Bluff TN
Oct 01 2022
12:00 a.m
PRIVATE EVENT Living Waters Ministry Perry MO
Oct 02 2022
10:30 a.m
Living Waters Ministry Perry MO
Oct 22 2022
6:00 p.m
Fall City Baptist Jasper AL
Oct 23 2022
10:30 a.m
Harmony Baptist Church Jasper AL
Nov 06 2022
2:00 p.m
Calvary General Baptist Church Kennett MO
Nov 12 2022
7:00 p.m
Hayti Pentecostal Holiness Church Hayti MO
Nov 13 2022
6:00 p.m
Buena Vista Methodist Church Bethel Springs TN
Nov 20 2022
10:45 a.m
Allen Baptist Church Brownsville TN
Dec 31 2022
8:00 p.m
Allen Baptist Church Brownsville TN