Elizabeth R Barnes

November 23, 1931June 22, 2011

BARNES, Elizabeth (Betty) – of Greenville, S.C. age 79, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at McLaren Homewood Village. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011 at Trinity Baptist Church, 4222 N. Elms Road, Flushing, Michigan with funeral services being held at 10 a.m. Monday, Pastor Leonard Saunders officiating. Burial services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Greenville, S.C. Betty was born November 23, 1931 in Washington, D.C. the daughter of the late Perry and Elizabeth Rhodes. She was a Bob Jones University graduate and also had a PhD from the University of Maryland. Betty taught in the Prince George County school system for over 30 years. Betty was a wonderful artist, she taught Drama and brought Shakespere to Prince George County. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. 2nd Corinthians 5:8 …to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Surviving are: husband, Harry M. Barnes, Sr. of Greenville, S.C.; children, Susan (Rex) Stairs of Illinois, Harry (Debbie) Barnes, Jr of Maryland, James Paul (Jennifer) Barnes of Flushing, Michigan; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Dusty Rhodes of Arlington, VA; sister, Sandra Paphides of Florida; brother-in-law, Bob Kelso of VA; and cousin, Franklin Lancaster of VA. Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by: daughter, Carrie Barnes and sister, Caroline Kelso. Share your memories and condolences with the family at


  • Visitation Monday, June 27, 2011
  • Funeral Monday, June 27, 2011

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Phyllis Ouellette-Ochs

August 19, 2011

Dear Barnes Family - I just learned of Mrs. Barnes' passing today. We, her devoted students, called her "Mother Barnes". She was a mentor, teacher and wonderful friend to so many. I could never thank her enough for inspiring and nuturing me throughout my high school career. I am sorry for your loss, but I know that her deep faith in Christ has united her with Him. -Phyllis Ouellette Bowie High '72

August 19, 2011

'Mother' Barnes was my first mentor. She brought out of her students a love of the classics and of all things theatrical. Along with my good friends Bruce Davidson, Richard Rosse and many, many others she was an incredible director and teacher. The world is a much smaller place due to her passion and belief in the Lord. And she once said to me , at the funeral of my best friend.." Do you believe in Christ? Well then." I do, Mrs. Barnes, I do.
" In all things acknowledge Him, and He will guide thy path"

Carla Parsons McNulty

June 26, 2011

How I love my Uncle Harry & Aunt Betty! Let me count the ways.....
They've been weariless steadfast ambassdors for Christ, for as long as I can remember, in the 52 years of my life. Their undying trust & love for the Lord has certainly made an everlasting impression, in the stability of my personal relationship with the only true & living God. May, we, their family members keep the light they have lit for Christ so long ago, burning, before a world that is desperately searching for unconditional love & eternal security.

Although, my younger years have come & gone, the heartwarming childhood memories of my adoring Aunt Betty will resonate for a lifetime! The portrait of her meek & sweet spirit that could gently soothe a wearied soul as they entered her domain, as well as the strength of her infallible faith & encouraging words constantly abiding & inspiring are vividly painted & sealed within the frame of my heart.
Undoubtedly, I shall sorely miss my aunt & my weeping shall turn to joy as it did for King David. Undeniably, in God's timing, my aunt & I will meet again, where once more her contagious smile & giggle will embrace all who enter into the prescence of the Lord.

What a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus, we'll sing & shout for Victory!