Max Franklin Barnett passed in peace on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the age of 74. Born on May 5, 1945, in Spring City to the late Rosa L. Barnett. Max was president/owner of Barnett Water Systems in Athens, Ga., specializing in wastewater irrigation. He served as president of the Georgia Irrigation Association and the State of Georgia Water Council, as well as commodore of the Athens Boat Club in Dawsonville, Ga. His main purpose in life was the love for his family, protecting those he loved, and passing knowledge to those he was around, leaving a substantial legacy of his journey. Survivors who will rejoice in his triumphant return to his Heavenly Father include his beloved wife of 54 years, Nancy Taylor Barnett; son, Gregory Marc (Merrie) Barnett; daughters, Vanessa Love (Ron) Wilson and Jyl Cheree Gryder; brother, Rex Stephen Barnett; grandchildren, Miller Barnett, Mason Barnett, Andy Barnett, Katheryne Wilson, Lindsey (Tiffany) Wilson, Mallory Wilson, Michael Gryder, and David Gryder; great-grandchildren, Mia Wilson, Brody Brown and Gunner Brown; and nieces and nephews, Davis Rogers, Janet Partain Rogers, Jeff Robbins, William Bucky Taylor, Taylor Rogers and Holly Rogers. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at McMinn Memory Gardens in Athens with the Rev. Randall Bates officiating. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. If you are unable to attend this service, sign the guest register at www.smithfuneralandcremationservicesofathens.com Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens is honored to serve the family of Max Franklin Barnett.