- Douglas "Doug" Leon Barnes, age 74, of Cleveland, passed away on Friday May 13, 2011 at his home in Cleveland. He was born on March 26, 1937 to Hubert Larkin and Sybil Inez (Smith) Barnes in Tulot, Arkansas. In his late teens his family moved to Memphis, TN, there he attended Tech High School and learned the trade of welding. After graduating, he worked as a welder. He married Joyce Fortner on August 27, 1960 in Memphis, TN and in 1963 Mr. Barnes opened his heating and air-conditioning business. In 1972 he moved his family to Cleveland where he continued his heat and air business and opened Barnes Farm and Garden Center. In 2003 Mr. Barnes had a tragic automobile accident that left him a quadriplegic. Mr. Barnes had been an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. He had fished in the amateur side of the Bassmasters Angler Tournaments and was a charter member of the Delta Anglers Bass Club and Cleveland Bass Club. Mr. Barnes' love for hunting did not stop even after his accident; his wheel chair was fitted with a special device made to hold his gun that allowed him to kill a deer. Mr. Barnes was a Christian. He accepted Christ as his Savior March 26, 2006 at Victory Heights Baptist Church where he was a faithful member until recently when he was physically unable to attend. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charlie Barnes, Special Uncles, Sonnie Smith and Pete Barnes.
Visitation will be held Sunday May 15, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland . A Celebration of life service will follow at 3:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the New Cleveland Cemetery. Reverend Doug Turberville will officiate the services.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Joyce Fortner Barnes of Cleveland, MS . Daughters; Susanne (Marvis) Fairley of Saucier, MS, Cedie (Keith) Kendall of Merigold, MS , Kathy (Randy) Ingram of Petal, MS, and Zandra (Bill) Crocker of Cleveland, MS. Sons, Steve (Joanna) Barnes of Merigold, MS, Hurley (Susan) McMillian of Olive Branch, MS, Brother, Jerry (Mery) Barnes of Warrior , AL. Brother-in-Law, Buddy Weaver of Poplar Bluff, MO. Sister-in-Law, Linda (Jimmy) Fowler of Trumann, AR. Special Aunt, Roxie Smith of Redlands, CA . Grandchildren; Brian (Jamie) Kendall of Merigold , MS, Jonathan (Jennifer) Kendall of Merigold , MS, Douglas Harmon of Petal, MS, Jennifer (Kyle) Goodman of Cleveland, MS, Ashley (Tony) Lewis of Petal, MS, Amanda Ingram of Van Couver Island, Canada, Randy (Jessica) Ingram of Petal, MS, Michael Turner of Charleston, MS, Brittney Barnes of Merigold, MS, Jenna Weeks of Merigold, MS, Jordan Weeks of Merigold, MS, Colby Rokasky of Cleveland, MS, Kameron Hudson of Hornlake, MS, Reece Crocker of Cleveland, MS, Danny McMillian of Olive Branch, MS, David McMillian of Olive Branch, MS, Jessica McMillian of Olive Branch, MS. 7 Great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, special extended family members; James "Smokey" (Johnnie) McMillian of Germantown, TN, Velma (Gary) Hensley of Nesbitt, MS, Arnold McMillan of Nesbitt, MS, Lindsay McMillian of Daytona Beach, FL.
Pall-bearers will be; Bobby Rokasky, Brian Kendall, Danny McMillian, David McMillian, Kyle Goodman, Michael Turner and Colby Rokasky. Honorary pall-bearers are Jonathan Kendall, Douglas Harmon, Reece Crocker, Jacob Kendall, Logan Kendall, Kayden McMillian, Keaton McMillian, Anakin McMillian and Trey Ingram.
Memorials may be made to Victory Heights Baptist Church P O Box 311 Cleveland, MS 38732
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. David Walt, the staff of Grace Community Hospice and Cheryl Fausnight.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.