Dr. Charles Miller Barnes

July 21, 1922October 4, 2012
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Charles M Barnes was born on July 21, 1922 in Rising Star, Texas, to George and Erie Barnes. He was the youngest of five, with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. After graduating from Rising Star High School, he entered the Texas A.M. School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 1940. He met his wife, Anna, there and was married in 1943.

After a short period of private practice in Cisco, Texas, Charles worked for the USDA in Mexico to stop the spread of Hoof and Mouth Disease protecting the cattle in the United States. He discovered broader opportunities to use his veterinary medicine training in the study of radiation safety at Hanford in Washington state. He attended the University of California, at the Berkeley and Davis campuses, to earn a PhD in Radio-pathology in 1956. From there, he worked in a number of radiation safety areas for the Atomic Energy Commission. Later, he established a program irradiating Screwworm larvae to combat and eradicate the spread of devastating disease to humans across Central America. Once the Manned Spacecraft Program started, he worked for NASA in Houston measuring the radiation exposure of astronauts and ways to insure their safety.

A man of many interests and talents, he traveled the world to better the lives of humans and animals. The father of four and grandfather of eleven, he inspired them all.

A memorial service to celebrate Charles’ life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in the chapel of the Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.


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Dr. Charles Miller Barnes

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Jie Liu

October 25, 2012

I first met Dr. Barnes in Beijing, China when he gave a speech at China Agricultural University. I still remember the scene when Dr. and Mrs. Barnes picked me up at the airport in Austin in August, 2002, holding a sign with my name printed in Chinese, and that is when I first met Mrs. Barnes. Dr. Barnes introduced me to Dr. Kraemer, a well-known professor at Texas A&M. I have also spent time in their house several times during the summer. Dr. and Mrs. Barnes are a blessing in my life. I am so sad for the loss of two great people. They will be missed.

Joe Barnes

October 18, 2012

I have just learned of Charles's passing and so sorry to hear of this happening. Charles was my great uncle and as always in times like these I wish I had spent more time talking to him and Anna. He was most interesting and the last project was working on our "oil interest" in Rising Star. He had sent me a lot of family history and I always appreciated his effort. My dad, Charles and Jack Barnes grew up together being about the same age, and had quite some time at Grandmother's Barnes in Rising Star. God Bless the family and I send our love.

Larry & Carole Kilmer

October 16, 2012

We met Charlie and Anna when we moved to Sun City in 1998. We were part of the newly formed Social Committee for the Computer Club. What fun we had in all of the social activities supporting the Computer club. Anna was from Gladewater and my mom was from Gilmer so we always talked about East Texas. Later we went on several Senior University trips where Charlie hosted us at Texas A&M Vet School. He so graciously shared his humor, his expertise and so many stories. He and Anna will both be missed.

October 16, 2012

I am sorry to have just learned about Charlie's passing. He gave me my first job, shortly after arriving at the US in 1972 as a Chilean immigrant. He was kind,generous and witty. I will never forget his professional advice and most importantly his invitation for me to stay and live with him, Anna and family while I waited for the hiring process at NASA. This invitation was offered over the phone while I was in California, and before he even knew me.
I will always be thankful to Charlie and Anna.
I am now a successful USDA employee serving at the World Orgsanization for Animal Health in Paris France.
God bless all of you
Alejandro (Alex) Thiermann

Susan Rhoads Montgomery

October 14, 2012

Our mom, Judy Rhoads, is one of the few remaining first cousins of Charles. She remembers him fondly and with fun stories. The Barnes family is the pioneer spirit personified.

Allen Barnes

October 13, 2012

He was my father's father. Never have I met someone who has given me such inspiration as he did, in my short life so far. He was a prime example of what a father should be, and his name will forever be remembered. Godspeed.

John Rhoads

October 12, 2012

My husband John Rhoads felt blessed to have met Charles a few years back and had the opportunity to hear about his life. I believe he was a second cousin to Charles. We are sorry for your loss. From what I hear of him he was a great man indeed.

mike miller

October 12, 2012

We were neighbors with Charles and Anna for the past ten years. I will miss both of them. Charlie was unfailingly generous as a good neighbor should be, and he also possessed a charming sense of humor. He enjoyed acting with the theatre group here in Sun City, and at one time tried to interest me in becoming a member. I remember telling him that I couldn't sing, dance or act, so I would be pretty useless to the group, but Charlie countered that I could be an usher. I dont think I ever put one over on Charlie. Rest in peace Charlie, you will be missed.
Mike Miller

Joan Miller

October 11, 2012

Charlie was a real character! I was glad to know him as a neighbor and as a friend. His career and the many places he and Anna traveled to and lived made for very interesting and entertaining visits. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

Ken & Phyllis Barnes

October 11, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Charles passing and for your loss. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.