Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Martin Edward Barnes

September 7, 1953August 4, 2019

Charlotte - Martin Edward Barnes was born in Wilmington, Delaware on September 7, 1953.

Martin passed away suddenly on August 4, 2019 of natural causes. He was the only son of parents, John and Frieda Barnes and is survived by his sister, Lois Barnes Koenig.

Although Martin was born up North, he ended up spending the majority of his life in North Carolina. He graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in 1971 and then attended Central Piedmont Community College for a few years.

Following college, Martin worked for an electrical supply company and after that a floral supply business, but then found a home with the ABC Board as a sales associate. Martin worked at many stores throughout Charlotte during his 32 year career, but the last few years he worked mostly at the Park Road and Morrocroft stores. People at ABC headquarters indicated Martin was well known and well liked.

Although friends would characterize Martin as having a unique personality, they also said he was likeable, loveable, dependable and always there to help.

Martin joined the Tyvola Senior Center and attended two or three times a week for a number of years. He had many friends there and they related his routine would be to greet everyone, sit down behind reception to read the paper and chat with staff, workout, socialize a little more then head home. He loved to dance, particularly shagging, and taught fellow members the steps on occasion.

Martin was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church since childhood. In recent years, he was a “Greeter” before church services and faithfully volunteered at the church office to help them with administrative tasks.

Martin had many interests, including car and truck discussions with his buddies, collecting old radios, and watching classic TV shows and movies. He recently acquired the Sea Hunt series after a member at the Senior Center told him it was now available. He enjoyed reading the Charlotte Observer and Wall Street Journal every day, but his greatest interest was reading, learning and watching movies about WWII.

People were saddened by the loss of someone that enjoyed assisting others, brightening a person’s day by stopping by to say “hello”, and he will be sorely missed by many.

The service to honor his life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in the chapel of Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte, with the Reverend Timothy McKenzie of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, where Martin was a member, officiating. Friends will be greeted following the service. Interment in the family plot at Sharon Memorial Park will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.


  • Service to Honor Martin's Life Saturday, August 10, 2019


Martin Edward Barnes

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Frazier Wallace

August 23, 2019

We were Martin's neighbors across the street on Brookhaven. Martin was a great neighbor and always kept an eye on our house when we were out of town, which gave us peace of mind. During Halloween we would always set up in our driveway to hand out candy to the kids. Martin would come over and help us hand out the candy. Martin knew I was a rare bourbon collector, and was always looking out for a special bourbon for me. He will be missed.

William Gamble

August 17, 2019

I’m the manager at Public Storage where Martin rents a unit with us. Martin would ALWAYS, and I do mean ALWAYS make it his mission to come in, say Hello, give us a funny story or history lesson, a movie to watch, and an encouraging word! He was always a highlight of our day! So full of love! So full of joy! So full of light! Martin’s presence will be missed around here! Thanks for brightening up our days Martin, we won’t forget you!

Carol Abraham

August 14, 2019

Dear Lois ....I am so sorry about the loss of Martin. It is difficult to loose a love one however I know his death came as such a shock as it did to all of us. I am glad I was able to come be with you and share in his beautiful Memorial Service. Martin was loved by many ...he was known by many and helped many from all the stories we heard. He was a quite and loving soul and will be so missed by so many. I know you will miss him dearly. I hope we as your friends helped to comfort you . He and your family are all together in Gods Hands now and they will be watching over you...
You take care and remember all the good times You had with your baby bother...like as he walked you down the aisle at your wedding.
I love you, Carol

Worth Pearsall

August 14, 2019

Martin was my neighbor on Brookhaven for several years. Over those years we were able to develop a good friendship, we often spent mornings sharing stories over coffee at Bojangles for biscuits. Hearing of Martin’s unexpected passing, caught me off guard and I know I’m not alone. I’ll continue to remember Martin and do my best to show all my neighbors the kindness he conveyed.
Thoughts and prayers, Worth

Tabayha McCorkle

August 14, 2019

Martin was also so kind and always made sure that we had a smile on our face. He was a regular customer at skyland family restaurant where i am a waitress. He will be missed by all of us here at skyland. I will keep the family and friends of Martin in my prayers.

Alex English

August 13, 2019

I work at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, and it was always a pleasure seeing Martin on Sunday mornings and during the week when he volunteered at the front desk. He talked to me a lot about old movies and about shooting pool. We went down to the Youth Room to play pool a few times. Martin took our pool cues to get new tips, and he also bought us a 9-ball rack and taught me how to play. He wanted the youth to have some fresh equipment, which they really appreciated! Martin was so friendly to members and visitors at St. Mark's, always ready with a smile and a handshake. He was a wonderful person, and he will be missed dearly at St. Mark's.

Alex English

Mike Eve

August 12, 2019

Martin and I were in the same Sunday school class as children at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. In the last few years he was again involved in activities there and loved to talk about the Church.

Lois and Ron: I am sorry for your loss. Martin was a kind and gracious soul. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Bonnie Mozingo

August 11, 2019

Martin enjoyed visiting with all of us at the bank, and we were always happy to see him. I have known him for many years, and will really miss seeing his smiling face! It is hard to believe that he is gone...rest in peace, Martin.
~Bonnie Mozingo

PJ Johnson

August 11, 2019

I have today (Sunday) just heard and so sorry to hear of Martin's passing. After moving out of Charlotte in 2006, he remained a dear friend and called me to chat and visited my home several times while on trips through my area and spent the night a few times so he would be rested before going back home. He was invited to Thanksgiving/Christmas gatherings and did come to one of the Christmas gatherings and met the rest of my family whom he impressed. He always had "news" in his chats and I will miss him dearly.

Darnell Miller

August 9, 2019

I knew Martin for 25yrs, Great friend;! When he came to see me at work, He would say to me, Is it Miller Time? I would laugh and say.Almost Time! Great Guy, so glad that I Knew Him.