James Barnes "Barney" Fussell Jr.

March 25, 1942October 10, 2020

James Barnes "Barney" Fussell, Jr. passed away on October 10, 2020 at the age of 78 after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Sally Copping Fussell. He is also survived by his son Mark Fussell (Stacie) and his siblings Stephanie Cathie Provenzano (Carmen), Jessica Brandt (Raymond) and Therese Fussell. He is preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Fussell, his parents James Barnes Fussell Sr. and Retta Loper Fussell as well as his siblings Mary Ellen Scifo (George) and Kevin Fussell. He is the son in law of Ruth and the late Lawrence Copping Sr. Brother in law of Lawrence "Larry" Copping, Jr. and Craig Copping (Angela). Loving honorary paw paw of Tucker Hidalgo. He is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 20 great nieces and nephews. Born March 25, 1942 in New Orleans, LA. He was a long time resident of Chalmette, LA and relocated to Baton Rouge, LA following Katrina. He retired from Shell Oil Company after 33 years of service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. A memorial service will begin at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Barney to Voice of the Kingdom Homeless Outreach Ministry, 8548 S. Hodgeson Rd., Gonzales, LA 70737 or Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


James Barnes "Barney" Fussell Jr.

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Fernand Marsolan

October 19, 2020

Phyllis and I were saddened to see that Barney had passed. Though I did not know Barney well, we heard enough stories from Cathie and Carmen that we felt we knew him well. I wish I could make the memorial to see my old friends and wish them well. I hope Cathie and Carmen are enjoying retirement as much as possible, but somehow I feel as though they may still be at it in some way. They are both "ever ready bunnies"! Miss you both.

Veronica R. Sprinkle

October 19, 2020

Barney was a friend when we went to Chalmette High School.
Barney was 2 years ahead of me but we had a few classes together. I saw him at one of our Class Reunions...he was a sweet young man. We all loved him. I am so sorry to hear that he passed.
Love ya, Veronica R.

Lynn Woodward

October 18, 2020

I didn’t know Barney until after Hurricane Katrina when we moved up to Denham Springs and we met at a St Bernard luncheon function. We always enjoyed doing things together with him and Sally. We all planned our many cruises together and had great times too. We would get together for for barbecues, dinners, casino trips and theaters. I’m sure going to miss him and our fun times together.

dianne w hampton

October 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy to your family. May your prayers sustain you and the resurrection promise give you hope. Job 14:14, 15; Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4

Scott Haynes

October 15, 2020

Barney was a great friend and co-worker. We worked closely together from 1990 through 1995 when I was in New Orleans and often after that. Barney was full of life and a pleasure to be around. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help anyone. Rest In Peace Barney. God bless.

Clinton DeHarde

October 14, 2020

Met Barney when I got on the board at Rebel Park when Mike Smith became president and Barney took the boys A.D. I think in 1984. What a GREAT guy. I enjoyed working with him and just talking with him at Rebel. Those were GREAT times with Barney. Reconnected on FB. I am sure going to miss him. My prayers are with you, Sally and Mark.

Geoff Curtin

October 14, 2020

Barney was a great co-worker and an even better friend. LSU lost a number one fan. Rest in peace Barney.

Patrice and Geoff Curtin

Joseph Zeringue

October 13, 2020

Barney and I worked together at Rebel Park, he was President and i was on the board. We were able to have a couple of park fairs that made enough money to buy equipment for both the boy and the girls teams. I enjoyed my time knowing him and considered him a friend. He will be missed by many.

Jane Meyers-Place

October 13, 2020

What a wonderful, vibrant guy.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
RIP Barney
Always smiling

Beryl Hargis

October 12, 2020

Sally, Mark & Stacie,
Carl and I are just heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend. Barney was truly one of lively, so funny, so serious, so smart, so active and so involved with community projects and organizations and so passionate about everything he held close to heart, especially his family. I will always hold dear the memories of all the school and ball park projects we worked on when our kids were growing up and then the CHS Alumni projects when we started the alumni association. One memory I will always cherish is when Barney and I won the dance contest at the school fair and they announced us as "Mr. & Mrs. Barney Hargis." We all had a good laugh over that and that's when Kevin started calling Barney his second dad. There is a lifetime of memories (over 43 years) that we will all cherish. Sally and Mark, may God bless you at this very difficult time and may your memories of Barney bring comfort to you both. Although Barney is gone, I promise you he will never be forgotten. RIP my friend.
Love, Beryl Hargis


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