Shawn Jay Barnes

August 11, 1973June 21, 2020

Mr. Shawn Jay Barnes, age 46, of Douglasville, Ga, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. He was born in Rapid City, SD on August 11, 1973. Shawn, or Blue Eyes as some of his friends called him, was a natural born leader who always put everyone else before himself. He was very creative and funny. He always had a smile on his face. Shawn was family oriented and enjoyed going out with a group of his friends to go off-roading in side-by-sides. Needless to say, he loved being outdoors and camping. Outside of fun time, Shawn took his work very seriously. He had been an employee of Home Depot since he was 18 years old and achieved the Store Manager position within the company. He will be so very missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Ryan Barnes and his maternal grandparents, Louie and Elaine Oyler.

Surviving are his mother, Connie Barnes; his son, Austin Barnes; his sister, Jaime Barnes; nieces and nephews, Kelsey Barnes, Brittany Rogers, Breanna Rogers, and Ryan Barnes; his great-nieces, McKenna Baxter, Hayzel Barnes, and Karsyn Pitts; and numerous other loved ones, family, and friends. In accordance with his wishes, Shawn will be cremated and the family has no services planned.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Colon Cancer Foundation,, (914) 305-6674

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Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134


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Jana Parish Thomas

June 26, 2020

Shawn and I where very close We worked at Home Depot together and at home he could always make me laugh even though times. We work side by side many times. He was a great guy I will never forget his smile and his eyes. I loved his family very much. I will never forget when we went to Brunswick we took our very large mastiff Buddy with us. The place we stayed had a dock and we sat out the half the day and night but needless to say our mastiff decided to go down to the water and was scared so Shawn has to get into this tiny row boat and go save him it was so funny watching him try and keep the boat from tipping and pulling this 95 pound dog out of the water. Well you can only image what happened. We laughed about that all the time. Although our paths separated I always had you in my heart. You will be missed more than you know. You left your Mark and touch a lot of people. Now the compass will lead you to your forever home in heaven.

Daniel Marsden

June 26, 2020

I only met Sean briefly during an interview with the Home Depot in Peachtree City. We had a very pleasant conversation, and he hired me on the spot, when I really needed a job. I will never forget that.

I was told by everyone that worked there, what a great guy he was. My heart aches for all of his coworkers, friends, and family.

May he rest in peace for all eternity. My most sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to all of those that knew him and loved him.

Stephen Gendron

June 25, 2020

I will truly miss Shawn. We worked together for many years as co assistant managers at austel and he was an ASM for me in Acworth home Depot for a while as well. I remember the many talks on breaks and his good ol mustang he was fixing up. I'll never forget the day we were both standing outside the powder springs Depot and he told me the news many years ago. We had some pretty funny stories over the years together I mean hilarious stories you stayed strong through it all Miss you my friend and rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏

Linda Ledbetter

June 25, 2020

I’ve only known Shawn for the past few years. We met shortly after his diagnosis & first surgery. He never acted like he was any different than anyone else walking around. The things that he built & his skills were amazing! When I met him I thought he was the most handsome man I had ever met. Those blue eyes! A funny thing about Shawn: I can tell you that you are absolutely NOT allowed to talk while watching a movie with him (although I did anyway). So many other things I want to say...... I’m so grateful to have known him. Shawn, you’ll be so glad that this is your last novel from me. 😊 Peace Out to my favorite “movie buddy”.

Samantha Williams

June 25, 2020

First I would like to give condolences to Shawn family! I met Shawn @0151 Home Depot in Hiram many moons ago! I remember we wore blue ribbons to show support for him. I was so happy to hear he got better and later had return to work. Shawn did not play when it came to merchandising and accountability! He was a great guy! I always used to comment about his AirMax sneakers that looked brand new daily to be working in a warehouse! Orange brother God needed you more so Rest In Peace my brother!

Sean Moore

June 25, 2020

I don’t even know where to start. I can say that Shawn was a tough boss. But you always knew that it came from a place of love. He wanted to see the best come out in everyone. He thought never to settle for just okay, but to always be the one to set the pace. He was extremely talented in seeing the bigger picture. My time with him helped me to be a better manager. I still think to myself is the SB approved? As I go though my day now I think about conversation last that we had that I know made me a better person and better leader. Shawn thank you for what you did for me. So much more I would love to say but I will end with this. Shawn while you are up in heaven with Jesus ask him if He will let you spell your name the right way “Sean”. I love you sir and thank you for fighting!

Mark Stephens

June 25, 2020

As a District HR Manager at The Home Depot, I had the great pleasure of promoting Shawn to a Store Manager position. Shawn and I were business partners in the Powder Springs and Peachtree City Home Depot Stores and always enjoyed visiting Shawn's stores and engaging with his store associates and leader team. Shawn was very inspirational, driven, personable leader and enjoyed recognizing other associates and leaders in his store. Shawn had a great "career portfolio" that he and I prepared together for his promotion to a Store Manager role. Shawn would often tell me of funny stories he experienced in the many Home Depot stores he worked in and he always made it fun for he and others he worked with. He will truly be missed by all.
Prayers go out to Shawn's family.
What a Home Depot Legend he was...….

Cynthia Lockhart

June 25, 2020

For I never met Shawn physically, I knew him spiritually and through the love of my friend and co-worker Connie-Girl. I am sending my love to the family and still sending kisses to Shawn.

Enjoy resting in the arms of our Father in Heaven.

I love you so much and I am her.


Kevin Hicks

June 25, 2020

I first met Shawn when we moved from Florida to Metro- Atlanta in 2012. He accepted my wife's transfer to his store from Florida. We really bonded when we became peers a few years later as Assistant Store Managers. Wow! We had so much fun! From our crazy Success Sharing Parties, he took pride in calculating the payout and the presentation, to him spearheading a Garden related Mount Rushmore project over the Garden door!! He was so creative and smart. I always told him that he should have been a math professor. I learned a lot about the company the short time I knew him. He has helped me through some tough times as well. He teased me about my birdwatching hobby and I teased him about his Hotwheel collecting hobby. What I'm going to miss the most is the times we sat on his porch, amongst the absolute largest mosquitos in the world, and just talking about life. I can hear him now saying "Dude, you only live once." I'm really gonna miss my friend. Rest easy Shawn. My condolences for the family. Prayers going up!!

Kitabu Kassama

June 25, 2020

I worked with Shawn at the Hiram Home Depot. He was an amazing boss for me and always challenged me to come with the best. He would assigned projects for me and let me come with my own solutions. He had no problem of understanding my accent when most coworkers would claimed that they couldn’t understand me. I really did appreciate his respect for me. He will be surely missed. My prayers and sincere condolences to the family.