H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA


Rev. Travis Stanley Barnes

May 25, 1931October 6, 2017

Reverend Travis Stanley Barnes passed away peacefully in Atlanta, Georgia, October 6, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born in Augusta, Georgia, grew up in the neighborhood of Frog Hollow, and was a graduate of Richmond Academy. He attended Young Harris College, and graduated from University of Georgia and Boston University School of Theology where he earned a Master’s degree in Sacred Theology. He served as minister at Tuxton United Methodist Church in Athens, GA, Skyland Methodist Church in Atlanta, and Gammon Memorial Methodist Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts before returning home to Augusta to join his father and brothers who owned and operated Augusta Building Supply. Travis embodied the “servant leader” and represented Richmond County as a member of the Board of Education, County Commission and member of the Georgia State House of Representatives. He served as Bicentennial Chairman for Augusta, was active in establishing the Bartram Trail through town, and worked on the development of the riverfront. He was also instrumental in salvaging the cupola from the old Union (Train) Station prior to demolition, and installing it on the grounds of the Old Richmond Academy. Travis was later called back to the ministry and the Methodist Church, referring to himself as a “worker-priest”, and served as the Director of Augusta Urban Ministries, and later coordinated Atlanta Urban Ministries where he served until his retirement. Upon retirement, he and his wife Kathy moved to the community of Tiger in the north Georgia Mountains where they have resided for the last 20 years. Even in retirement, Travis stayed active; pursuing his life-long passion for fishing, becoming a skilled wood turner, trimming Christmas trees, and harvesting grapes for Tiger Mountain Vineyards. He is survived, by his wife of 40 years, Katherine Holt Barnes, children, Stan (Tenley), Bearden (Jill), Cristina Berg McGarr, Katherine Berg, and Edward Berg (Jody); twelve grandchildren, Travis and Colson Barnes, Bearden, Benjamin, Cecilia and Lily Barnes, Smith, Sarah and Allie McGarr, and Cora, Charis, and Amara Berg, former wife, Beatrice Dodd, sisters-in-law, Ann P. Barnes and Bettie Barnes and a number of nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Newton Travis Barnes and Beatrice McCall Barnes, and his brothers, David N. Barnes and Michael S. Barnes. Thanks to the many caregivers who worked with Travis over these last years. Memorial gifts may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Rabun County or the charity of your choice. On Saturday, November 11, 2017, a celebration of life will be held at Tiger United Methodist Church in Tiger, GA at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 11, 2017


Rev. Travis Stanley Barnes

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Jim Pyle ARC Class of 1950

October 23, 2017

To the Family of My Old Friend from ARC days and beyond. I wish you all the best in life with all the loving memories that Travis left for each of you. Travis' life adds credence to my belief that many of us from ARC did go forth and spread our love and help to all in need. He was a fine man, great friend, and is now in Heaven where he shall remain for eternity. Bless you all.

Sue Muoio

October 19, 2017

Such a gentle giant... he touched so many lives and leaves a wonderful legacy in his family. God bless you all! Praying for you.

October 19, 2017

Condolences. May you find comfort of heart in God's word found at 2Thessalonians 2:16, 17.

Cathy Muzzy

October 18, 2017

John and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family, Beardon. Cathy Muzzy


October 18, 2017

He shall be missed...particularly his sense of humor and his love for his wife...

Bob Turbyfill

October 18, 2017

Travis was a true Christian gentleman who served this community well. I am proud to call him friend. My deepest sympathy to his family.

MaryRuth Blackstock

October 18, 2017

Kathy, I have always felt a special connection to you both and now I realize why. I lived in North Augusta and worked in Augusta. So Travis Barnes sounded so familiar. It's a small world and I am so glad to have met you at Cannonwood. Travis was so sweet and I know you have wonderful memories. May God bless and comfort you and your family and friends. I will see you soon.

Martha Anne Tudor

October 18, 2017

I was just a little girl when Travis moved in across the street. He made me feel important and listened to my stories about school and life like they were fascinating. You never forget how someone made you feel. Then he asked me to work on one of his political campaigns and it was a wonderful experience where he made me feel I had something valuable to contribute. Travis was joyful, positive, warm, authentic, motivated, and a man of faith. Every time we went outside we'd hear "Hello Neighbor!" He and Kathy taught me love can happen at any age. They married at about the age I married 4 months ago. They were so different but they celebrated those differences and their love affair was beautiful to watch. I am so sorry for your loss, Bearden Barnes. Travis didn't say much without mentioning you and Stan with pride and affection. You carry his legacy forward beautifully.

October 17, 2017

My condolences to Mr. Barnes' family during this difficult time.