David Smith Barnes, 87, 25 Autumn Creek Court, Gray, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at Life Care Center of Gray following a brief illness.
Mr. Barnes was a native and lifelong Washington County resident and the son of the late Andrew and Bessie Smith Barnes.
He was a 1942 graduate of Boones Creek High School and attended East Tennessee State University.
Mr. Barnes was an accountant for Mason & Dixon Truck Lines, retiring after thirty years of service.
He was Past-President of the former Mason & Dixon Credit Union.
Mr. Barnes was a faithful member of Gray United Methodist Church, where he served through the years in various capacities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Barnes and Leola Gray.
Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Mary Joyce Shell Barnes; three children, Andy Barnes and wife, Marsha, Gate City, VA, Carol Slonaker and husband, David, Bones Creek, and Tim Barnes, Gray; one sister, Vivian Adams, Gray; seven grandchildren, Julia Barnes, Joseph Slonaker, Brittany Slonaker Copas and husband, Adam, John-Reed Barnes, Anna Joyce Barnes, Jordan Barnes and Andrew Barnes; a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted Friday, August 5, 2011, at 4:00 P.M. from Gray United Methodist Church with Reverend Lloyd Jones, Senior Minister of Gray United Methodist Church, and Pastor Andy Barnes, Senior Minister of Gate City Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in Gray Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Mr. Barnes’ sons, Andy and Tim Barnes, son-in-law, David Slonaker, and grandsons, Joseph Slonaker, Andrew Barnes and John-Reed Barnes. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Johnson, Sidney Smallwood, Jack Krouse, Effie Grace Myers, Ida Riley, Jack Parsons, Leon Overbay, Bill Trent, Rufus Hood and members of the Open Fellowship Sunday School Class of Gray United Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the church.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Barnes family. 928-6111