Robert E. Barnhill III

12/29/1956 –


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Robert (Bob) E. Barnhill III, 61, of Lubbock, conquered his seven-year battle with ALS on Friday, May 4, 2018, while surrounded by family and friends. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers from 6 to 8 PM. A service celebrating his life will be held at Broadway Church of Christ on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 1 PM.

A member of a founding family, Robert was a fifth generation Lubbockite. He graduated with honors from Monterey High School in 1974. He received his BBA degree with honors from Texas Tech University in 1976. In 1980 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech School of Law, and received his MBA from Texas Tech, also in 1980. He married Jana Barnhill on August 9, 1980, in Denison, TX. Robert was an Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist and Certified Financial Planner, who specialized in Estate, Retirement and Individual Income Tax Planning. He authored several books covering these topics, as well as leadership. He taught continuing education courses to CPAs and Tax Attorneys in every state in the country, as well as for Cornell University, Texas A&M, University of Michigan and University of North Carolina and was an adjunct professor at Texas Tech in the Personal Financial Planning Department for 25 years. Robert was an award-winning speaker, holding Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker designation and was named by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as an Outstanding Discussion Leader. He was the 1996-1997 International President for Toastmasters International, a Past President of the West Texas Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Lubbock Community Theatre and was a Past Chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. He was a member of the American Bar Association, AICPA, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Society of Financial Service Professionals, National Speakers Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Robert was a lifetime member of the Broadway Church of Christ, which he loved and taught adult Bible classes there. Robert was a loving, devoted husband, loyal friend and avid Texas Tech supporter. He will be remembered for his booming voice and laugh, his never-ending quest for knowledge and endless energy. Mostly, he will be remembered for his incredible faith. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. In the face of incredible adversity, he always had a smile on his face, he never complained and always encouraged others to sing their song.

Robert is survived by his wife, Jana; sister, Kathryn Moody; nephews, Jeremy Salazar and Zachary Harber; niece, Meagan Goyne and her husband, Bryce, all of Lubbock; brother-in-law, Jerry Barnett, of Little Rock, AR; sister-in-law, Kathy Barnett, of Bella Vista, AR; brother-in-law, David and his wife, Carla of Corpus Christi, TX; niece, Jennifer Huskins and her husband Paul, of Tulsa, OK; nephew, Michael Barnett and his wife, Jill, of Lubbock; niece Holly Rush and her husband James, of Richmond, TX; niece Amy Cook and her husband, Joey of Cibolo, TX and many great-nieces and nephews. They called him “Superman.”

The family expresses their deepest gratitude to Dr. Appel and the ALS Team at Houston Methodist Hospital and Drs. Yepes-Hurtado, Islam and her team, Cook and Lux of UMC, as well as Kindred Hospice and Comfort Keepers of Lubbock, especially Kari, Madison and Virginia, who became family.


Memorials can be made to the Texas Tech Foundation, Robert E. Barnhill III, PFP Alumni and Friends Scholarship, P.O. Box 41081, Lubbock, TX 79409-1081.



12 thoughts on “Robert E. Barnhill III”

  1. Sue Matson Duncan

    I never knew what happened to Bobby after Karen Sue died. I had no idea he was still in Lubbock and at Broadway His mother and I were good friends as were his grandparents, Lawrence and Nila Green. I’m sad to hear of his passing but so encouraged about his life for Christ May you be blessed by knowing you haven’t lost him. You know where he is

  2. Gaynell (Black) Hendrick

    I send heartfelt condolences and prayers to Bobby’s family. We were all a part of Jr. High and High School activities with Youth Reach through Broadway youth activities. We could always count on a laugh and a shoulder with Bobby. Everyone also enjoyed the Christmas decorations.

  3. Charlotte Shepard

    Darrel & I remember Robert from when he taught Lubbock Bible Class held in Rix chapel. He was such a dynamic, informed speaker who held our attention till the very end; and we always wished there was more time to listen to him. It was so sad that he was diagnosed with ALS. May Jana find peace and comfort during this time.

  4. Gaye Blackledge

    My heart goes out to Jana and her family during this difficult. May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you. It was an honor to have known Bob, he will be missed dearly. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Annelie Weber

    Jana and Family,
    Robert fought a valiant fight. Though now passed, he will always be with us, though we may not see him, we will feel him as he lovingly guides you in your daily activities. He, in my opinion, will always be with you, Jana. May the many beautiful memories you two created help you overcome the deep feeling of loss.

  6. Mohammed Murad

    My sincere condolences to the family for their great loss. Bob was an inspiration to me, his energy and enthusiasm were unmatched. I have learned a lot from him and his wife Jana through my journey in Toastmasters. I considered him as a mentor and respected his perspectives.

  7. Steven A Bard

    Over the last 20 years, Bob has been a true friend, teacher and confidant. I will miss him terribly. Jana, my heart goes out to you; you too have been my teacher. We laughed together and got very serious together, which is what friends do.

  8. Dorothy Cottingham

    May he rest in peace and light eternal shine upon him. Jana, you are on our hearts in prayer for comfort and peace.

  9. Bob was and will continue to be an inspiration for many both in toastmasters professionally and in other areas.

    His relentless focus on achieving and putting his heat and soul into whatever he undertook was commendable .

    I met and spoke with him daily at the 2014 International Convention in KL and every moment with him was valuable.

    His last words to me were SING YOUR SONG.

    And the most eloquent phrase I heard in Toastmasters from Bob was “When you sing your song, you touch a heart. When you touch a heart you become a star and shine a light of hope for the whole world to see.”

    Bob, you have sung your song, touch many hearts and becomeYou have left a legacy behind.

    RIP, my Friend.

    Jana , my heart goes out to you but always remember you have been a wonderful partner as well in whatever ways possible and my thoughts and prayers are with you as Bob is firmly etched in my heart and mind as an inspiration to me and many others .

  10. Dear Jana,

    Angie and I are praying for you and your family, asking our loving God to comfort, strengthen, and uplift each of you.

  11. Pamela and Gary McCown

    Death Is Nothing At All
    By Henry Scott-Holland

    Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
    Bob, Thinking of you until we meet again.
    Jana, Praying for God’s perfect peace to embrace you now and always.
    With much love and adoration, Pamela and Gary McCown

  12. Deonna Moore Taylor

    My sincere condolences to Jana and family. Bob was an incredible person to know and be around. Always had a smile on his face and positive words of wisdom. The Toastmasters world has loss an incredible voice.

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