Mr. George Gary Barnes, 86, of LaGrange, Georgia, formerly of Saltillo, Ms., died October 21, 2018 died at Hospice in Florence Hand Nursing Home of LaGrange, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Ann Irwin Barnes of LaGrange, Georgia; and one daughter, Deborah Barnes Ogle and her husband, Randy, of LaGrange, Georgia, his sister, Sharon Barnes Woods, of Southhaven, Ms.; 6 grand-daughters and one grandson: Laura Ogle of Mobile, Alabama, Laura Solomon, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mary Carter and her husband Adam of Harpersville, Alabama, one grandson, Richard and his wife Erin, of Dallas, Texas, Maggie Pounds, and her husband Seth of Starkville, Ms., Anna Kate Nelson and her husband, Zack, of Booneville, Ms., and Ms. Bonnie Barnes, of Plantersville, Ms; and nine great grand-children: Will, Josie, Eva Mae, Georgia, Jackson, George, Barnes, Ella Kate, and Anne Clayton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. Barnes and Josie Adeline Ivy Barnes; his brothers, Elwood and Leon Barnes; and his beloved son, George Gary Barnes, Jr.
Born February 4, 1932, in Pinson, Tenn., he moved to Lee County Ms., as a young boy with his family and grew up in East Tupelo, and then moved to the Saltillo community, where he spent most of the rest of his life. He moved to LaGrange, Georgia, to live with his daughter as his and his wife’s health began to fail in November of 2014.
He entered the Army as a very young man at the end of World War II and then joined the Guard on his return from Japan. When the guard was mobilized in early 1951, he was recalled to duty, and served in combat during the Korean War, and was discharged in late 1952.
Prior to leaving for active duty, he eloped with his bride, Ann, in August of 1950. After returning from the war, Gary and Ann moved first to Tupelo and then finally to Saltillo where they raised their two children, Debbie and George. Mr. Barnes worked for Pennsylvania Tire and Rubber Company and then with TVA, from which he retired at the end of his working career.
He was a life-long member of Saltillo First United Methodist Church.
His services will be held in Saltillo at the First United Methodist Church, with Brother Tim Green, pastor of the church, officiating. Pall bearers will be Adam Carter, Richard Ogle, Rusty Barnes, James Barnes, Tim Phipps, and Richard Murff. A special song that Mr. Barnes loved, His Eye is on the Sparrow will be sung by his son-in-law, Randy Ogle.
A good, kind, and generous man, he will be sorely missed by those who loved him most, and by all those who came to know him. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn, Ms. is in charge of arrangements. Higgins LaGrange Chapel in conjunction with Waters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.