Nicole Barrett was born on April 6, 1975, in Dallas, Texas. She was the only child born to Linda Barrett and Lee Vernon Bryant, Jr. At an early age, she was baptized at New Mount Zion Baptist Church under the pastoral care of Dr. Robert E. Price, Sr. It was evident that Nicole loved the Lord and was saved.
In her formative years, Nicole displayed many gifts, including being a skilled communicator. In 1990, at the age of 15, she won the first of many pageants and was crowned Ms. Junior Texas.
It was in her drama class at North Mesquite High School that she fell in love with the theatre. Upon graduation, Nicole received the Greer Garson Scholarship for Acting to the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she starred in many plays. During her matriculation there, Nicole was the 1st Runner Up for Miss Santa Fe. She would later win the title of Ms. Black Texas in 2002.
Nicole also honed her skills as a journalist, reporting for the Elite News. She went on to host “The Nicole Barrett Show,” a fresh, bold and entertaining radio show that ranked #5 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market. She was also named one of the 2013 Fresh Faces of Fashion, was featured in Modern Luxury Magazine, and served on the board of the Dallas Theatre Guild.
Her special charity events included “A Luncheon with Debbie Reynolds,” “Shirley Jones Concert Gala,” “Ron Springs Gift for Life” to raise awareness and money to increase organ donors, and most recently, “Kinky Friedman’s Birthday Bash.”
Nicole’s most recent conquest was becoming the only Black woman in America to own a cigar company. Her interests and skills seemed endless. While she didn’t allow grass to grow under her feet, and she loved and lived life to its fullest, her pride and joy was centered around her mom, Linda, who she loved taking with her on some of the many fun and exciting assignments and events where they both met and spent time with some interesting people.
Although her time may seem to have been cut short, Nicole accomplished more in her 46 years than many could even dream of accomplishing in their entire lifetime. She knew how to get busy about living. Nicole left all who crossed her path with great memories, great experiences, and priceless moments. She will be missed deeply.
Nicole was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Leary Barrett; father, Lee Vernon Bryant, Jr.; and uncles, Michael Barrett and Roosevelt Thomas. Those left to cherish sweet memories include her loving mother, Linda Barrett; grandfather, Lee Vernon Bryant, Sr. (Leslie); grandmother, Alberta Lily; uncles - Paul Barrett, James Barrett, Jr. (Evelyn), Larry Barrett, and Keith Bryant; aunts - Gwenda Barrett Jackson (Eddie), Rogena Barrett, Carolyn Thomas, and Carolyn Bryant Alexander; half-brother, Lee Vernon Bryant III; half-sister, Shantell Lily; godmother, Maude Gilmore; god-aunt, Thelma VanDyke; and a host of family and friends.