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Habitat Pickens founder Stan Barnett holding a cup of chocolates presented to him at his November 3 retirement reception.

Habitat Pickens honors founder with building name

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Barnett was presented a portrait of him by artist Tom Hutchison

Stan Barnett, retiring founder of Habitat for Humanity of Pickens County, was recognized for his 18 years of service by friends, family and fellow volunteers at a reception November 3 at the Habitat facility in Jasper. He was presented a plaque that proclaimed Barnett president emeritus and named the Habitat office building The Stan Barnett Building.

Barnett, the 2011 Pickens County Citizen of the Year, is credited for founding the Pickens County Habitat in 2001. The affiliate is in the process of building its 19th Habitat home.

Habitat Pickens President Steve Greenwell told Barnett “The homeowners [of Pickens Habitat homes] don’t realize it but a lot of them owe their houses to you and the foundation that you built.”

Past Habitat President Keith Scott said, “Stan has committed the most valuable resource he has for at least 18 years to this affiliate and the evidence is there. Stan, I appreciate you.”

A note from volunteers Neil and Rosemary Richie read to the group by Judy Harvey said, “You have made us smile. You have made us work a little harder. You have enriched our lives immeasurably. And we stand to applaud you and thank you.”

Barnett confided, after being presented with a cup of chocolates, his favorite snack, that he considers the three food groups cheese, chocolates and Coca-Cola.

“I have had a wonderful time getting involved here,” Barnett said. “I am so grateful that I could make a contribution to the community I live in. I have been in Jasper 24 years now and it has been a great ride. I am so proud of the things this affiliate has done. We have provided, safe, decent affordable housing for so many families. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the houses that we forget about that it is the people who move into those houses that is important. And it is the people that make this organization the quality place that it is. I am so proud to be associated with you guys. Thank you all so much for this day.”

Susan Spehar presented Barnett with a portrait of him by artist, Tom Hutchison.

You can make a donation to Habitat Pickens County by calling the main office line at 706-253-2393 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To volunteer go to pickenshfh.org

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Barnett and family hold a sign that will be placed at the Pickens County Habitat facility naming the structure after him.

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Habitat Pickens County President Steve Greenwell (Right) smiles as past President Keith Scott shows a copy of the Pickens County Progress story by Stan Barnett of the founding of Habitat Pickens in 2001.

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