In memory of
John F. Barnes
John F Barnes, age 93, of Gainesville, formerly of Athens, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Carter; two grandsons and their families, John Carter (Jessica) and Daniel Carter (Michelle and Austin). He is also survived by one sister, Emily Porter of Athens; sisters-in-law, Ruth Barnes of Mansfield, Jeanette Thompson, Athens; brother-in-law, John Simmons, Athens; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was born September 3, 1924, in Farrar, Ga. and grew up in several farming communities around Athens. He graduated from Oconee County High School in 1942. He served in the US Army 755th Railroad Shop Battalion in the European theater during World War II. He retired from the US Post Office in Athens as a Quality Control Officer in 1979. John was a member of the VFW Post 2872 in Athens for over 70 years. He was a member of First Baptist Cumming and the Welcome Bible Fellowship Group. John grew up on a farm and never lost his love for the land and for growing vegetables. He once said he had farmed for over 80 years. He always had an abundant harvest, and he took great pleasure in sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5 – 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming on Monday, May 21. A service celebrating John's life will be held at 11 a.m. at Ingram Funeral Home on Tuesday with Dr. Bob Jolly officiating. Members of the Welcome Bible Fellowship Group will serve as honorary pall bearers. At 3 p.m. there will be a graveside service at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Athens. Mr. Bob Molleur, a deacon and John's Sunday School Teacher at Beech Haven Baptist Church will be officiating at that service. In lieu of flowers please send contributions in John's memory to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, P O Box 1000, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281 or to Greater Things at First Baptist Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, Ga. 30040. Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com. Sign the guest book at forsythnews.com. Forsyth County News May 20, 2018
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