Richard Noel “Dick” Barrett, age 80, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Indianola died Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 at his home. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Indianola, with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Burial will be in the Indianola City Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Indianola.
Dick was born in Indianola on June 7, 1941. He enjoyed an adventurous 1940s childhood, including starting a yard mowing business that was a great success. He was a graduate of Indianola High School in 1959 and Mississippi State University in 1963. After college Dick returned to Indianola to begin a career in agriculture. He met fellow Mississippian Rebecca McAllister on a tour bus in Rome, and they were married on September 6, 1969.
Dick served six years in the Mississippi National Guard, four years on the Mississippi State Probation and Parole Board during the Bill Waller Administration, two terms on the Sunflower County Board of Supervisors, and on the boards of South Sunflower County Hospital and Peoples Bank of the Delta. He was a past member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Chamber of Commerce, Delta Council, and the American Legion, and he was a past president of both the Indianola Supply & Gin Co. and the Indianola Rotary Club. Dick was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and a former member of First Baptist Church of Indianola.
Dick was an avid lover of Mississippi farming, from cotton land in the Delta to the hills and timberland around his family’s roots in Kilmichael, Mississippi. He and his truck kept a close eye on Sunflower County’s crops, and he was always willing to give help or advice when he could. Never one to miss an adventure, Dick loved road trips near and far. Roaming many miles out of the way in search of a curious site was a joyride not to be missed.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mavis Brister Barrett, father, Johnson Noel Barrett, brother, Billy Barrett, and sister, Anne Barrett Robertson.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca McAllister Barrett of Indianola; son, Brister Baldwin Barrett of Memphis; sister, Doris Barrett Fisackerly of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Charles William Barrett III, Alexander Scott Barrett, Robert Young Wright IV, Christopher Polk, Will Long, James Cooke Robertson III, John Thomas Robertson, Baird Allen, Brinton Fisackerly, Clay Fisackerly, Heath Fisackerly, Reeves Fisackerly, and Ryan Fisackerly.
Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at P.O. Box 1004, Indianola, MS 38751 or Indianola Academy at P.O. Box 967, Indianola, MS 38751.