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McLaurin Funeral Home & Pinecrest Memorial Park

12830 US 70 Business Hwy W, Clayton, NC

OBITUARY

John Irvin Barnes III

11 February, 19447 December, 2019

John Irvin Barnes, III, 75, son of the late John I. Jr. and Elizabeth Scher Barnes passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 2:00pm at Horne Memorial UMC with the family receiving friends immediately following the service. Surviving are his wife, Jane D. Barnes; son, Jonathan W. Barnes and his wife Paula; grandchildren, Jackson, Collin, Ryan and Owen Fitzhugh; brother, Billy Barnes and a sister, Susan Barnes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Horne Memorial UMC Building Fund 121 E 2nd St, Clayton, NC 27520. Online condolences may be made to the Barnes family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com. Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton.

  • FAMILY

  • Jane D. Barnes, Wife
  • Jonathan Barnes, Son
  • Paula Barnes, Daughter-in-law
  • Billy Barnes, Brother
  • Susan Barnes, Sister
  • Jackson Fitzhugh, Grandchild
  • Collin Fitzhugh, Grandchild
  • Ryan Fitzhugh, Grandchild
  • Owen Fitzhugh, Grandchild

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, 10 December , 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, 10 December , 2019

Memories

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Dave Mahan

28 January 2020

I am doubly saddened to see of John's passing. First for I am just now seeing this. Second, because he was always so friendly and gracious to me. His quick wit at the State Wrestling Tournament, and many, many, NCATA meetings was second to none. Our Lord is so good. I know John was welcomed in the church eternal with open arms. I look forward to him, and so many other wonderful athletic trainers who have gone on showing me around.

Kate Quinn

14 December 2019

Jane, Jonathan and family members I am so sorry for your loss. he was such a wonderful and caring person and his sense of humor helped me through a lot of painful days at North Garner during my lupus flare ups.my husband and I were lucky enough to have John take pictures at our wedding and they turned out great! I am so grateful that I had him in my life. Whenever I think of him I smile

Anissa Gainey

13 December 2019

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Barnes. During my time at CHS he was one of my track coaches. He was one of the most dedicated, motivating and encouraging coaches I can ever remember during my years of athletics. Mr. Barnes was truly an amazing person with so much positive energy and a beautiful spirit. His sense of humor could make anyone smile and would help settle any nerves I had before a big race. He went above and beyond as a coach and athletic trainer every day on the job. He will be missed! Sending my condolences to the family.

Daryl Wynn

12 December 2019

John was ourAthletic Trainer at North Garner while I taught and coached from 1987-2003.He was the hardest working trainer I had worked with in 36 years as a coach.John would help in PE classes if we had an injury. One day he volunteered to hold a pad on defense and he got his arm broken when he got knocked down. John drove himself to the hospital and was back at practice the next day wearing a cast. John was a super teacher, trainer, and friend in every way. He is sorely missed. God has a great person in his heaven now.

Barbara Ahern

12 December 2019

What a great man Mr Barnes was. I work for Johnston County Emergency Services and I worked with Mr Barnes in several occasions organizing PR events for Clayton High School Band for ambulance coverage if needed. Mr Barnes also successfully completed the EMT class as JCC which I was one of the many instructors!! On several occasions Mr Barnes and his wife would call me and ask for a head count at the EMS station in Clayton and then a little while later he would show up with a BBQ or Chickens dinner for everyone there!! Men like Mr Barnes are hard to find and I believe that God always takes the good ones way too soon. I’m certainly going to miss our talks Mr Barnes!!! I will see you again one day my sweet friend May God Bless this entire family

Chip Braswell

12 December 2019

Diane and I both thought so much of John. We were so lucky to have been able to see him on Sunday mornings all those years. We appreciated his sense of humor, kind words and encouragement to Lewis. It meant a lot to us. We are thinking of you and praying for you.
Kindest regards and love,
Lewis's Mom and Lewis's Daddy
Chip and Diane

Cindy Russell

11 December 2019

Dear Jane and Family,
I have wonderful memories of many football Friday nights laughing with you and watching John take care of our boys. I am eternally greatful for the care and consideration he gave my son when he was seriously hurt and how his sweet reassurance to me on the phone was such a comfort John was a kind and funny man and he will be missed May your memories comfort you and Gods eternal promise give you peace. Much ❤️

Valerie Dupree

10 December 2019

I cannot think of a memory of being in John I's presence but what there was a smile, laughter or some sort of comic statements made. I can only imagine what living with him was like... I know that there was some kind of antic going on all around... but what a legacy - to be remembered as one who brought joy everywhere he went...I know there was a serious side of John I too because of all the many ways he blessed so many folks with his time and giving of himself. The boys who marched in every Christmas parade with him in downtown Clayton is an etched memory that will never fade. We are so sorry for your loss and pray that you will be comforted by the many memories he left behind. We love you all. Danny & Valerie Dupree

Frankie Penny Medlin

10 December 2019

Jane, Jonathan, Paula, Jackson, Collin, Ryan, Owen, Billy and Susan,
The picture chosen for John I's Memorial almost makes you think he is a serious man. Well, I guess John could be serious, but most of the time his sense of humor won out and where ever you were you were laughing.
Jane, as you know, John loved you the most. He was very concerned about what you would do when he was gone. I promised him I would be there for you and I am.
Jonathan, your Dad, was so proud of you. He was so excited when you married your new family. He watched and shared stories of you and your family, always funny stories, maybe not always totally true, but very funny.
Paula, John loved you like a daughter, he was so happy to have you added to his little family.
Jackson, Collin, Ryan and Owen, your Granddad was so happy to have you as members of the scout family and most of all as part of the Barnes family.
Billy, I remember when we were in school, how much you looked up to your big bother, I did, too. As I looked at the picture of John as one of captains of the football team, I thought it was you. I never realized how much the two of you looked alike at that same age.
Susan, I am sure you will miss your big brother.

My friend, John Barnes, I will miss you but I will smile as I think of you and the stories you told.
Love to all of you,
Frankie Penny Medlin

Melissa Wooten McGahey

9 December 2019

Mr. Barnes was an amazing teacher! He was so invested in his students and our success. He always went above and beyond to engage students in his classroom. I can still remember his photography class at NGMS. He spent countless hours supporting the athletics programs and motivating middle school students. He truly made a difference.

FROM THE FAMILY