Janet Leigh Barnes

May 20, 1970October 3, 2020

China Grove

Janet Leigh Barnes, better known as Nannie Bean, age 50 of China Grove, went to Heaven on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Atrium Health-Cabarrus after a sudden onset of a rare terminal illness. Born in Mecklenburg County on May 20, 1970 to Jane Corriher Barnes and Gary Lee Barnes, Janet was the granddaughter of the late Frank and Addie Mae Corriher and Ralph and Hazel Barnes. She was a member of First Reformed Church in Landis. A 1988 graduate of South Rowan High School, Janet later attended UNC Asheville and Belmont University where she studied the music business and recording industry.

In 1989, Janet was crowned Miss Cabarrus County and went on to the Miss North Carolina pageant, placing fourth runner-up and overall talent winner. She also won first place in the Discovery National Talent Search in New Orleans in 1989. Janet had a distinguished music career in Nashville, TN working for Capital Records, MCA Music Publishing and Zomba Music Publishing from 1990 - 2003.

Janet currently was the Modeling and Acting Director at John Casablanca’s in Charlotte, NC. She was a singer/songwriter, performer, pianist and guitarist, and gave her first performance on the stage singing “Rocky Top” at Landis Heritage Day at age 15 in 1985. She sang solo engagements and in bands throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. Janet could captivate an audience with her impressive performance style, transitioning from one genre of music to another; she had an over the top stage performing ability. One of the highlights of her performing career was singing on an Alaskan Cruise Line and at multiple conventions of the NC Meat Processors Association.

Janet had a lifelong love for animals and had many fur babies. She grew up riding horses and was a thoroughbred racehorse enthusiast and owner. Janet attended the Kentucky Derby in 2018 and got to witness Justify winning the Triple Crown at Belmont Park in New York. She was an avid traveler, with her most recent adventures being a dude ranch in Montana, riding a horse in Mexico, and swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. Janet also enjoyed photography and painting.

Those left to cherish her wonderful memory are her sister, Amy Barnes Wise and husband, Scott, along with her nephew and niece that were the apple of her eye whom she loved dearly, Jordan and Addie Wise. Janet is also survived by 14 cousins and 12 great-cousins that she treated as her very own; Janet instilled a love of music and animals in all of them. Janet loved to take evening golf cart cruises on the Frank Corriher farm with her animals by her side to visit the family, horse barn and cows.

In light of COVID-19 safety protocols, there will be a private Celebration of Life Service on the Frank Corriher Farm officiated by Reverend David P. Franks and Pastor Trent Patterson. The family has requested you kindly remember Janet with memorials in her honor to New Vocations (a racehorse retirement community) at or 719 Dolan Lane Lexington, KY 40511, 859-252-9574. Online condolences may be left for the family at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral is honored to be serving the family of Ms. Barnes.


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Patsy Hurst

October 10, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Janet. Even though I haven't seen or been in her life since she was young girl. I can remember a happy loving littl girl running around and playing with her dogs. I have Gary, Jane, Amy and her family in my prayers. She will be missed by everyone and she will always be in our hearts. I will be praying for the family. Peace and love to all of you. Patsy McClellan Hurst.


October 9, 2020

This is still Breaking my heart as I type this. Janet was a great friend and succeeded in everything she did. Thinking of all the family at this time especially Jane and Gary. I'll see you guys soon! love and hugs!!!

Tammy Oliver

October 9, 2020

What greats memories we all have of Janet, from “threads on treads” her traveling clothing store or Bobbie McGee with those great lungs of hers! Sure she is singing “my Maria” with her old friend buster (dog) with whom she taught to sing. Janet took my daughter to her first concert to see George strait. Muscle shoals Alabama will always love and remember her. Tammy oliver

Bill Retallick

October 9, 2020

Dear Jane and Gary
I am very saddened to read of the passing of Janet. I will keep you in my prayers. Take solace in that Jesus has already gone to prepare a place for her. Love to all.

Valarie Thompson Gullett

October 8, 2020

I was a China Grove kid but I remember Janet in Chorus with Ms McCowan. She was awesome..when my high school/ Landis friends asked if I remember her it was easy to say yes. Sorry I didn’t keep up with her success. My deepest sympathy for the family

Kent & Beth Mcclellan

October 8, 2020

Just a note to let you know we’re thinking of you. Our thoughts, love and prayers will be with you all.

Amy Watkins-Gross

October 8, 2020

My deepest condolences for the family. Janet was more than a friend she was like a sister to me, we shared so many different things I will cherish every memory I have. We shared such a strong love for our families. She was simply a gift. 🙏🏻 Prayers will continue for the family. I just loved her so much.

Brenda Bost Trott

October 7, 2020

Dear Jane and Gary,
I am so very sorry to learn of Janet's death. How tragic to lose a child. My heart aches for you. May the love of friends and family comfort you and the love of God grant you peace. Brenda Bost Trott

Billy McDonald

October 6, 2020

Just want to to send my condolences to the family of Janet Barnes. I was a student at John Casablancas. During my audition we met and I took her accomplishments personal. After graduation. I have had been in a couple movies and several auditions. I’ll never forget her smile and how she encouraged many students that they could achieve the same achievements that she had achieved.

Konnie goncalves

October 6, 2020

My coworker, who became my boss at my last job I worked at/with her for years, I worked very closely with.
She truly believed in me, and always pushed me so hard. I lost sight of a lot when we parted ways upon me leaving the company 2 years ago.
But we impacted each other & became so incredibly close for a long time. You taught me so much, and I will never forget anything you ever taught me, or confided in me.
I will never forget the memories we shared, the times we had, the crazy/silly things we did, opening up our lives to each other, every “I love you” we said daily, having trust, you telling me if she ever had had a daughter, it would have been me. after spending 10 hours almost every night in the phone because I did truly love you. We went places, saw things, and you mattered to me more than you will ever know.
You were an amazing daughter, aunt, musician, singer, horse lover, And you truly loved your family. You will be remembered, loved, & I know you will Rest In Peace.


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