Barnes, William R.

Friday, February 1, 2013

William R. Barnes, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, February 1, 2013 at a local health care facility.

He was born January 30, 1927 the son of the late Clifton and Thelma Roberson Barnes. He attended Dupont High School prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, he graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1951. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in Korea. He also graduated from the Nashville YMCA  Night Law School while beginning his 37 year career with State Farm Insurance.

Bill was a longtime member of Concord Baptist Church and greatly missed the fellowship with his church friends in recent years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Betty Jo Tidwell Barnes, and daughter, Cindy Barnes.

Survivors include his daughters, Angela (Richard) Pierce and Suzanne (Andy) Smith; grandchildren, Allie Pierce, Abbie Smith and Wylder May; great-granddaughter, Bella Hardison; and sister, Betty(Ray) Stewart.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Hixson, with Reverend Art Jones officiating.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, Tn. 37421, or American Cancer Society, 6221 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416.

The family will receive friends on Monday, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.       

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