Ms. Willie Mae Barnes

April 4, 1921August 4, 2018

Willie Mae Barnes entered into Eternity during the early evening of August 4, 2018 after a short illness. She was reunited in heaven with her children, Wanda Moss and Cecil B. Franklin, her parents and grandparents.

Willie Mae was the oldest child of Will and Eva Barnes and was born in Cherokee County Texas on April 4, 1921. Willie Mae was a brilliant and vivacious youngster and was taught from an early age the values of hard work, education and entrepreneurship. After graduating high school she was urged by her mother to learn a trade and go to college. After earning a beauty license, she entered and graduated from Texas College with a bachelor’s degree in education. Shortly after that she moved to Dallas, Texas and persued a career as a Speech Pathologist with the Dallas Independent School District. Simultaneously, Mae, as she was called by her many friends and colleagues, acquired real estate and opened 3 beauty shops. Her crown jewel was the Penthouse of Hair Design where her stylists and wig creations were highly sought after. Admirably, in middle age she returned to Prairie View University and earned her Master’s in Education.

Mae professed her faith in Jesus Christ in 2017 with the New Beginnings Covenant Ministries Church.

Mama Mae is survived by her Son; Edwin Roscoe Williams and his children, Keyven Lewis & wife Phredra, Daryl Griffith, Razurie Williams, Mesha Williams and Phonicia Hudson, Wanda’s children; Dana Henderson & husband Miles Henderson, Renee Carter, Howard Carter & wife Shirley and Cecil’s children; Stacy, Magela and Beshar. She leaves behind many grandchildren including Jacob, Lance, Diana, Tina, Athena, Christina, Justin, Patreecia, Howard Jr., Janice, Keyven Jr. and a host of other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Peggy M. Barnes, half-sister Dora Barnes Sessions and her dear companion Allen Green.


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Church Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ms. Willie Mae Barnes

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Gerri Brager

September 2, 2018

I met Mae and Al several years ago in Rusk, Texas. She was a joy to work with and a smart business lady. Mae was concerned about everyone and we loved her very much. The world has lost a warrior but heaven has gained an angel.

Diane Holland

August 20, 2018

To Dana and the entire Barnes Family ~ I am very sorry for your loss. Dana, I remember you telling me about your trip and the wonderful time your Grandmother had. It is such a blessing for you all to have enjoyed that time together. Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers for you all.

Diane Holland

Howard & Shirley Carter

August 11, 2018

Momma Mae will always live in our hearts. She was truely the anchor in the family, from problem solving, guidance and leadership. Her energy level was unmatched and this was proven when she traveled to Montego Bay Jamaica by way of Carnival Cruise at the young age of 94. She toured the island and made friends at each souvenir shop. Aboard the ship Momma Mae looked forward to the Broadway Musicals and the elegant dinners. Momma Mae truely lived an unmatched life. Her laugh and humor will be missed.

Miles Henderson

August 10, 2018

I asked Mae for her granddaughters hand in marriage. I was surprised she she said yes as she wondered who was this guy who was taking her precious Dana away. She always treated me with respect and love. She loved coming over to our house and enjoyed our hospitality. She welcomed me into her family with open arms and a family honor. I am blessed by having known her as she loved her family and definitely loved life. God Bless her soul and may eternal light shine on her.


August 10, 2018

Mama Mae is my great grandmother. She has been a fixture in my life and source of inspiration since before I could remember. A self starter, strong willed and kind.

I know many see she lived a long life and I feel blessed I got to spend time with her before it ended, but 97 years is not enough time. The world has lost a bright star in her passing.

Love you Mama Mae! Rest in Peace.

Phoenicia Hudson

August 9, 2018

Momma Mae was always a lady of great knowledge and intelligence. She gave me valuable lessons and information throughout my life that I hold near and dear to my heart until this day. She enjoyed when I would bring my family over to her home. My husband would cook meals for her from items she had in her kitchen during our visit while she conversed with my children and I. She really enjoyed those visits. Those quality moments will live on in our memories along with her essence. We love you Momma Mae!