William R. “Mr. Bill” Barnes

William R. “Mr. Bill” Barnes, 80, of the Green Hill community, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. 

He was born July 26, 1934, in Drew County to the late Edward A. Barnes and Sally LaFoon Barnes. He was a retired department manager with Burlington Industries with 43 years of service.

Mr. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. He was loved very much by all of his former Burlington Industries employees. He was a member of Second Baptist Church for 60 years, where he served as a Deacon for many years, taught the Men’s Sunday School class for many years and also served on various church committees.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Ed Barnes; and a daughter-in-law, Nicki Barnes.

Survivors include his wife, Mavis Worbington Barnes, of Monticello; one son, Richard Barnes, of Monticello; one daughter, Karen Barnes of Little Rock; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Barnes, of Monticello; three sisters, Janet Lawton, of Russellville, Margaret Ann Graves, of Monticello, and Bernice Waldrip, of Forney, Texas; one grandson, Josh Barnes, of Monticello; two granddaughters, Jade Beer and husband, Jason, of Monticello, and Jessica Storm and husband, John, of Monroe, La.; and five great grandchildren, Simon, Sydney, John Michael, Charlee and Macee.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with Rev. Ray Hearron officiating. Pianist was Harmon Cowart with Linda Caldwell and Kevin Henry as soloists. Burial followed in the Green Hill Cemetery in Drew County. 

Active pallbearers were John Storm, IV, Jim Eoff, James Stanley, David Henry, Jason Beer and Josh Barnes. Honorary pallbearers were the Deacons of First Baptist Church, Carroll Ross, Dale Handley, Layne Baugh and Cletis Posey.

Memorials may be made to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund, 1032 Old Warren Road, Monticello, AR 71655.

An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.stephensondearman.com.

The Advance-Monticellonian

Mailing Address:
PO Box 486
Monticello, AR 71657

Street Address:
314 Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655

Phone: 870-367-5325
Fax: 870-367-6612


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