Mr. George Barnes of Marianna, Florida went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2019.
He was a member of Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Marianna and the son of the late Josephine and Charlie Barnes of Marianna, Florida. He was a 1981 graduate of Marianna Adult Education.
Mr. Barnes was a longtime employee of Riverside Elementary School. He was loved by the students and staff of the school and will be missed.
He may have lost his battle to cancer, but he won his crown. He loved the Lord, his family, and his Riverside family. The hallway in the front is lined with notes from our children that loved him so much.
He was the 13th child born to his loving parents. Four siblings preceded him in death: Reverend Harold H. Wynn, Sr., Eleanor W. Copeland, Charlie Barnes, Jr., and Tommie M. Barnes.
George joined Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of the Reverend Dr. A. H. Parker.
A graduate of Marianna Adult Education in 1981.
He was employed by the Jackson County School Board with Riverside Elementary School being his base station. At Riverside, George was deeply loved at Riverside by both students and faculty. He was very dependable and loved Riverside as if they were a part of his family. He will be sadly missed at the school as a custodian. He was a great lawn man. He kept Saint Luke grounds looking good and just about every Sunday morning you would see him blowing the leaves. He loved his jobs and he was always trying to make sure everybody was happy with his work.
He is survived by wife: Diane Barnes; children: Mick, Erica and Xavier; grandchildren: Kemarien, Xavion, Paetyn, Cassie and Avery; siblings: Aggie Wynn, Barbara B. Williams (Nathaniel), Emma Spires, Randy D. Barnes, Janice Barnes, Emelda Davis, Timothy C. Barnes (Tina), Daphne R. Freeman (Raymond) and Marjan L. Green (Horace); sisters and brothers-in-law: Shirley Sims, Lora Keys, Ronnie Elijah, Lonnie Elijah, Steve McNealy (Renia) and Robert Keys (Cynthia); sister-in-law: Julia Wynn; aunts and uncles: Christell Keys, Barbara Wilson (Reverend Richard) and Joseph Harrington; goddaughter, Natalie Spires; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including his Riverside Elementary School family.