Howard Barnes Obituary, Death – Howard Barnes, 89, died on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Novant Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Howard was born on May 16, 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina to Ida Jane Barnes and William Brady Barnes. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Teague Barnes, his son Kevin DeWayne Barnes, and siblings Johnny Columbus Barnes, Lindsey Henry Barnes, Sydney Johnson Barnes, Mary Madgeree Talbert, Willie Mae Russ, William Julian Barnes, and James Artis Barnes, in addition to his parents.
Howard grew raised and spent much of his life in Paw Creek, North Carolina. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959 and was a proud veteran of the Korean War. He wore his veteran hats everywhere he went and told everyone he met his experiences. Later in life, Howard and Margaret relocated to Bessemer City, North Carolina, to be closer to their son Kevin and his wife. They were regular attendees at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. After their son died, they relocated to Wilmington to be closer to their daughters and sons and their families.
He is survived by his daughter Tanya Jones and husband Jimmy, whom he considered one of his own; son Jeff Barnes and Angie Dise of Watha, NC; 5 grandchildren, Hollie Buck (Alan), Christin Crane, (Nick), Jessica Barlow (Kent), Thomas Jones (Chelsea), Jeffrey Barnes (Bibi), Maggie Barnes and Stetson Weir; 12 great grandchildren, Audrey, Emma and Landon Buck, Evelyn, Ava and Ethan Crane, Brooks and Aubrey Barlow, Bryce and Parker Jones, and Sebastian and Orlando Barnes. His grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him joy.
A military honors graveside service will be place on June 17th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt Beulah Baptist Church in Bessemer City, NC. Following the funeral, a celebration of Howard’s life will be held at the home of Denise and Darrell Surber in Bessemer City. The family would want to thank their friends for their assistance in caring for Howard, as well as the doctors and staff in the ICU at Novant Medical Center for their care of him throughout his brief stay there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, which can be found at 5306 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Bessemer City, NC 28016.