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Homer Marion Barnes

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 11, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Homer Barnes, 92, of Pittsboro formerly of Winston-Salem, died Saturday, August 11, 2012. He was born in 1920, the son of M.G. and Margaret Barnes in Boone, NC. He graduated from the Lutheran Home for Children’s High School in Konnarock, VA. He was a veteran of World War II, and served as Radio and Radar Operator on anti-submarine patrol with 600 hours of operation in the air, and received combat and tactical pilot training with 289 hours of pilot time. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Second Lieutenant, Squadron H 2510th Army Air Force Base Unit, with a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and American Theater Medal.

He was a civilian Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, employed by Cannon Airport in Charlotte, NC in 1946 and Hawthorne Flying Service at Greensboro-High Point Airport in 1947. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NC State College in 1952, worked for DuPont in Delaware, and retired from his career as a Professional Electrical Engineer from Western-Electric in Winston-Salem in 1983.

He owned and flew a 1946 Aeronca 11AC Chief from 1986 to 2006 and was a member of the United Flying Octogenarians. For 47 years, he and his wife were active members of Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah Barnes, to whom he was married for nearly 59 years. He is survived by two sons, David Barnes Diane of Louisville, GA; Thomas Barnes Eve of Pittsboro; one daughter, Marcia Barnes Sargent Les of Oklahoma; three grandsons, Matthew Barnes of Pfafftown; Neil and Scott Barnes of Pittsboro; two brothers, Howard Barnes Marline of Granite Falls; Harold Barnes of Ormond Beach, FL; and a number of nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Cypress Presbyterian Church in Lobelia. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The Barnes family extends its deep appreciation to the caregivers who worked so closely and professionally with Homer, and to Libby Hart of UNC-Hospice. Memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047; or flowers are appreciated. Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro is in charge of the arrangements.


Condolences for the family of “Homer Marion Barnes”

Condolence from Leslie Sargent on August 12th, 2012 12:00 am

Although I have known Homer for just the past eight years, I felt like I knew him for a lifetime. He was an exceptional person, truly one-of-a-kind, and he will be missed immensely.

Condolence from Sandy Barnes Palmer on August 12th, 2012 12:00 am

Marcia, Thomas, and David…. please accept my deepest and most heart-felt condolences on the loss of your father. I have very fond memories of him. The last time we spoke on the phone was in May of 2009, and we had a wonderful conversation about various and sundry topics, from our family to our universe and things in-between, and we had some good chuckles about them all! He will live on in my heart and in my memory as a kind and profound man, who loved his family very deeply.

Condolence from Elaine Huf on August 12th, 2012 12:00 am

Gosh, Homer – we would have loved to have flown with you and then chatted a while in the shade of an old hangar.

Although we never met you, you left us a wonderful daughter – Sparky Barnes Sargent, who we love dearly. She told us all about you, and every word showed her love for you. Godspeed. Elaine & Tom Huf

Condolence from Red Hamilton on August 12th, 2012 12:00 am

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Homer Barnes, a great member of the greatest generation.
Marilyn and I had the pleasure of meeting Homer and visiting with him when we were on vacation last year. He was interested in everything and we had a great time getting acquainted with him; one of the highlights of our trip.

Condolence from Barb Wiebe on August 12th, 2012 12:00 am

I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with Homer one time. Otherwise I knew him only through his beloved daughter, Marcia. Homer immediately made me feel cherished. as a friend of his daughter, and in my own right. Homer loved meeting new people and was very gifted in drawing them out. He will be dearly missed my all who knew him.

Condolence from Golda Cox on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

Sparky, I am so sorry for your loss. Jack and I so enjoyed the visit we had with you and Homer when you brought him for a visit. He leaves a true aviation legacy in you. You have my love.

Condolence from Mike Spivey on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Uncle Homer will be greatly missed.
The Spivey Families

Condolence from Lisa Coe on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

To the family:
Homer and I met several years ago when I began working at Twin River Independent Senior Community in Pittsboro, NC. He was a kind and gentle man, who always greeted me with a warm smile. Many times we had conversations about life, our career paths, family, friends and his love of flying. Homer was, as another friend stated today, a “true southern gentleman”. Although we have lost a friend and loved one, we have gained a marvelous angel to watch over us all.

Condolence from DAVID BARNES on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

THE OGLALLAH SIOUX TRANSLATION OF HERO IS “MAN IS OFTEN HIDDEN.” MY DAD WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO. THE MOST STUNNING MOMENT THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IS WHEN I WAS VISITING HIM AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, “I LOVE YOU.” THIS IS THE MAN HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE TO ME. SPREAD YOUR ARMS AND FLY DADDY, THE HEAVENS AND THE UNIVERSE ARE NOW YOURS. LOVE, DAVID

Condolence from Cynthia Kirkman on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

What an interesting man your dad was! I trust the graveside service will provide a sense of peace as you celebrate his life. Sharing many memories will be great for each of you. Fondly, Cynthia

Condolence from Jane McInnis on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Homer. He was a man who loved aviation, nature, and family.
Another memory of him is how he loved good food, especially field peas at reunions. To me he was the epitome of a southern gentleman, always opening the car door for Aunt Sarah and showing respect to others. I know he is having a joyous reunion with her. Rest in peace.

Condolence from Todd & Donna Clamp on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

Les & Sparky, we are so sorry to hear of Mr. Barnes’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Denise Barnes Palmer on August 13th, 2012 12:00 am

David, Thomas, and Sparky:
I am thinking of all of you and send my sympathies for your loss. My dad looked up to Homer and often spoke highly of him. I enjoyed talking to him at the “Barnes” reunion in 2004 ? and learning a bit of my family ancestry. When I was in Florida taking care of my mom in 2009 I got to have a couple of interesting and insightful conversations with Homer via the telephone. You surely had a wonderful father! Rest his soul. My love is being sent to all of you-HUGS!

Condolence from Sheila Mabbitt on August 14th, 2012 12:00 am

Sparky,
My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family right now as you mourn your loss and celebrate your father’s wonderful life. I will always treasure his notes to me in the book- I will dedicate my next DC-3 flight to him!

Love and Prayers~
Sheila

Condolence from Cousin Gary on August 14th, 2012 12:00 am

Goodbye Uncle Homer. May all the Barnes’ find peace..

Condolence from Tom Rokoske on August 16th, 2012 12:00 am

Marcia,
I was sorry to hear that your father has died. Tish and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.
I knew your father indirectly through you, from your drive for excellence and your passion for flying.

Tom Rokoske

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