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Simon Barnes

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 11, 2016 @ 4:19 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 41 Comments

Simon Strother Barnes, age 92, died peacefully Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Duke Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Wilson County on March 17, 1924, Simon was the son of the late Leslie Norman and Eva Love Strother Barnes.

A graduate of Durham High School, Simon proudly served his country during WW II and the Korean War while in the U.S. Navy. He was employed with Southern Railroad, the Hosiery Mill, Carolina Distributing Co. and was office manager for Dennis Equipment.

Revered by everyone who had the pleasure of being in his company, Simon will be remembered for his warm smile and friendly laugh. He was happiest and most content when swinging in his backyard with his faithful friend, King VI. He will be forever missed.

Simon is survived by his devoted and loving sons, Stokes Barnes and his wife, Tammy; and John Barnes, both of Durham, NC; his grandson, Brian Taylor Barnes and wife, Amy, of Bolivia, NC; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles and JoAnn Stokes and their children, Mac and Sharon; Calvin and Ann Stokes and their children, Susan, David and Jessica all of Greenville, NC; his nephew, Calvin Langley of Troutman, NC and sister-in-law, Judy Barnes of Chiefland, FL and her children, Eva and Buddy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Lucretia Stokes; and his two brothers, Carlton and Leslie Barnes.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016 from Grey Stone Church with Dr. Clay Waters presiding. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

On Saturday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service all firefighters, EMT and police are invited to visit with the family. From 5:00-7:00 p.m. friends of the family are invited to visit with them.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 1055, Charlotte, NC 28209; or to the Alzheimer’s Association of North Carolina, 3739 National Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612.

Arrangements for the Barnes’ family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “Simon Barnes”

Condolence from Michael Barnes on July 11th, 2016 8:31 pm

I find myself unable to make into town for the Funeral. My love is with you all none the less.
He will be missed more than I cab say. The arm on your shoulders is mine even if you can’t see it.
Michael Scott Barnes

Condolence from Wayne & Dot Watson on July 11th, 2016 9:02 pm

John & Stokes, our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. You’ve had him a long time and I know you’ll miss him. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Wayne & Dot Watson

Condolence from Teresa Hayes on July 11th, 2016 9:50 pm

John and Stokes,
Our hearts go out to both of you and your family. Please know we are keeping you in our prayers.
May Peace be with you,
Teresa Hayes

Condolence from Randy and Marion Carden on July 12th, 2016 9:33 am

Love and prayers for the entire Barnes family. May God continue to meet needs and fill the void left in the hearts and lives of all of those who love and miss Mr. Barnes.

Condolence from Jane Hayes on July 12th, 2016 10:55 am

May God give you peace and guidance. Blessings, Jane Hayes

Condolence from Dawne Sasser on July 12th, 2016 10:58 am

John and Stokes,

You have our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your dad. I know that he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dawne & Jennifer Sasser

Condolence from Jody Hedrick on July 12th, 2016 11:31 am

John and Stokes,

We are so sorry to hear about Simon. Please let us know if you need anything. We have great memories of your mother and father. They are now reunited in peace.

May Peace be with you,
Jody Hedrick, Ray Hedrick and Karen Shields

Condolence from Cindy Cayton on July 12th, 2016 11:45 am

So very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers from the Cayton family.

Condolence from ROBIN GODWIN on July 12th, 2016 2:18 pm

John and Stokes,
I remember your Dad (and Mom) fondly from First Baptist Church. It’s so hard to lose parents no matter how old we get. Your Dad must have had a wonderful life to hang around like he did!! I know he was so proud of his sons!!
You both are in my heart and prayers
Robin Godwin

Condolence from John Knight on July 12th, 2016 6:19 pm

John and stokes
I am very sorry for your loss. Your father was a fine person and I know he was very proud of both of you. My thoughts are with each of you. I pray GOD’S comfort flows over your entire family.

Condolence from Jill Hagen on July 13th, 2016 9:58 am

Dear Stokes and John,

I am so saddened to hear of Uncle Simon’s passing. I know the road ahead of you is a hard one as you learn to go through each day without him. I imagine you will want to pick up the phone to call him or just pop in to see him a million times. I hope you find comfort in knowing he is with the Lord and your mother, my father, Leslie and Grandmother and so many others. While we feel the loss of his presence here with us, he is enjoying the ultimate family reunion in heaven.

You will remain in my prayers.

Jill Hagen

Condolence from Tim and Brenda Price on July 13th, 2016 12:23 pm

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. We have you all in our thoughts. Tim and Brenda Price

Condolence from Nancy Dixon on July 13th, 2016 3:15 pm

Stokes so sorry to hear about your father passing.
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nancy and Lad Dixon

Condolence from Bonnie Humphries Kissell on July 13th, 2016 5:21 pm

Stokes and John,

Your parents were an extended family to me when growing up on Carroll St. I loved them like my own.

I will miss Simon’s face at Grey Stone when I pass through the aisle, but I know he is at God’s right hand now.

You should hold dear the years of memories that Simon provided.

Condolence from DonCook on July 13th, 2016 6:48 pm

I express my deepest sympathy to all of Simons family
I first met Simon when I was 17 and working at Godwins Sinclair on Gregeson street
I never forgot him and would see him a few times during the years
Sincerely DonCook

Condolence from Brian Smith on July 14th, 2016 6:27 am

Stokes and John, my prayers for comfort and peace are with you during this time. May you take comfort in the memories and feel the warmth of friends and the arms of God around you.

Condolence from Michael and Pam Cherry on July 14th, 2016 7:08 am

Stokes and John, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We all loved your daddy so much, he will truly be missed.

Condolence from Edward E. Cooke on July 14th, 2016 7:45 am

I remember your Farther as an icon as he helped and supported my Aunt Mattie Cole Barnes and Elizabeth Nowask through the years. You brothers were there for them as well–thank you. May the memories of a life well-lived keep your life buoyant and strong.

Condolence from Bryce and Donna Meyers on July 14th, 2016 12:34 pm

Prayers for your family, God bless

Condolence from Shell Daniels on July 14th, 2016 1:32 pm

John, I never had the pleasure of meeting your father but just knowing you and your brother Stokes, tells me that he was a Top shelf person. Wanted to say that I’m thinking about you and the family and to take one day at a time.

Condolence from Tony Hall on July 14th, 2016 2:44 pm

Dear Stokes, Tammy, and John,
My mom and I send our deepest sympathy.
Take care,
Tony Hall

Condolence from Ollie C. Jeffers on July 14th, 2016 2:54 pm

John & Stokes

Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

Condolence from Sarah Lewis on July 14th, 2016 4:52 pm

Stokes, John, Tammy and Family,
It was my pleasure to know Simon, what a sweet person he was.
We had a grand time driving to Florida for a bowl game, he was kind to put up with us 🙂

Prayers for peace .

Condolence from Lynne Parker Dodd on July 14th, 2016 5:13 pm

Stokes & Tammy,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Lynne, Kenan, Bryson, Starlyn Dodd, Brenda Parker

Condolence from Theresa Cromling on July 14th, 2016 5:48 pm

Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Cathy Ellis on July 14th, 2016 6:08 pm

John and Stokes

You are in my family’s. May God carry you through this time of grief.

Condolence from Mike Lane on July 14th, 2016 7:14 pm

A true gentleman and a pleasure to have known.He loved his family and his dog.

Condolence from phil jarrell on July 14th, 2016 8:10 pm

Stokes and John, fond memories of you two around the Watts Hospital neighborhood. Your Mother Chris and Dad had their hands full, but with the love of each other and the love of God we all made it. Wish we could be with you all at this time , but know the community and all of your friends and family are with you. May God continue to bless your families and be with us all until we meet again.
Our love to all, the Jarrells, Phil sr, Judy, Phil jr, Kimberly, and Michelle

Condolence from Cindy Barbee Crabtree on July 15th, 2016 11:43 am

John and Family,

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I am so grateful to have known Mr. Barnes. He made me smile and I enjoyed visiting him.
Revelation 21:4; “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Warmest condolences

Condolence from Betty McGuire on July 15th, 2016 12:11 pm

To all of the Barnes family I am so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

Condolence from Audrey Ghia O’Briant on July 15th, 2016 1:04 pm

To one of my favorite people on earth, how much joy you brought me the times I was honored to care for you and your family. I will miss seeing your smile, hearing your stories and wiping your tears. Free from pain and suffering, my friend…

Condolence from Rick and Deborah Layton on July 15th, 2016 5:54 pm

Stokes and John, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Randy & Bonnie Goodale on July 15th, 2016 6:44 pm

What a beautiful memorial I just watched on here. We wish we could be there but are unable to attend. Simon meant the world to us and we so enjoyed our time spent with him while living in Durham.
I will miss him but he sure lived life to the fullest and I know he is loving and dancing with your mama! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
Randy &Bonnie Goodale

Condolence from Nancy Huff on July 16th, 2016 12:53 pm

John –
Martha and I were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing; we know he will be greatly missed. Treasure the memories! Please know that we are praying for peace and comfort to you and the family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, our friend!

Condolence from Eileen Blood Jackson on July 16th, 2016 1:32 pm

So sorry to hear about Simon. I have know him since 1957 when he lived next door to me and Fred Blood. He and Christine stood up for us when we married as my husbands family could not be there.

Condolence from Andi Odom Bowen on July 16th, 2016 5:30 pm

John and Stokes,

Your father was a sweet man, who took the ladies (my mother, Lulie Odom, Betty Phillips and Betty Umstead) to the Elk’s Lodge every Friday evening. It enabled the ladies to get out and mingle with their Elk friends. So sweet of him. We used to call them Simon’s Harem. I also remember your Dad growing up, when I was a young adult and he did a wine tasting for my club…rest in peace, Simon…you are greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Luther and Rebecca Smith on July 16th, 2016 6:53 pm

John and Stokes,
We are very sorry to hear about your Dad. You guys were blessed to have such a
fine man for a father.

Condolence from Caley Babe on July 18th, 2016 8:01 am

SIMON BARENS
was a father figure to all who were to lesrn to live a Christian Life.
He is in a place that people wished they weren on ,nopain ,nopills to take,just singing praise to Jesus.
Life is buy the twinkling of the eye.thinkwho do you serve .
Please rember to goto Church.Simon is watching you.
This is one oftheFamily Moto,Be Prepared.are you Prepared.

Condolence from Susan Copley Johnson on July 18th, 2016 4:51 pm

John and Stokes,
I was so sorry to hear about your father. He was such a pleasant man and I know you will miss him. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Beth (Smith) Rickman on July 18th, 2016 9:27 pm

Stokes & John, I am saddened to hear of the death of your Dad. I visited with him each week when I was at Hillcrest. He did not know me until I told him who my Mother was & then he would smile and recognize me. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during the coming days.

Numbers 6: 24-26

Condolence from Emma and Bob Smart on July 20th, 2016 10:17 am

Our best wishes to Simon’s family and care givers. What a committed “team” you have been, working together to give Mr. Barnes the best quality of life possible during these last years. How fortunate he was to have special folks who cared so much for him. God bless you all. Fondly, Emma and Bob Smart

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