KINGSPORT — George William Barnes, age 67, of Kingsport (Gray Community) passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was a son of Ella Mae Jones Barnes and the late William Virgil Barnes. George was a member of Gray United Methodist Church, American Legion, U.S. Army National Guard and retired from Tennessee Eastman after 37 years of service. In addition to his father one sister, Linda Mae Barnes, preceded him in death.
George is survived by two sons, Darren Barnes of Gray and Jonavan Barnes of Gray (and is currently attending school in Scotland); his mother, Ella Mae Barnes; one brother; Robert Barnes of Gray; one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and John Brinkley of Sulphur Springs Community; a very special friend and caretaker during his illness, Mary Bowman of Gray; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; his friends at the Sit N Bull Restaurant of Gray and Logan’s Roadhouse in Johnson City, his faithful companion, Roscoe.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Gray United Methodist Church with services to be held at 7:30 with Pastor Lloyd Jones officiating.
Graveside services will be Friday, March 16, 11 a.m. at Washington County Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Johnny Cox, Hunter Compton, Dylan Compton, Adam Dennison, James Brinkley, Johnny Brinkley, Jeremy Littleton, and Josh Burke. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Almany, Mike Compton, Mark Compton, Herman Carrick, Dan Kincheloe, Jerry Barron, Galen Fitzgerald, Johnny Broyles and Earl Kilbourne.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Gray United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 8068, Gray, TN 37615 or The American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd. # 102, Johnson City, TN 37615.
Gray Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of our dear friend, George Barnes. www.grayfuneralhome.net 423-477-3171 or 239-6622