Donald Wayne Barnes

August 9, 1931June 7, 2013

Burial arrangements under the direction of Hill Crest Memorial Park.


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Robert 'Bob' Sibley

June 19, 2013

To Jerri, Jan, Larry, Margaret, Gene, and Families:
As you all know, due to circumstances of life, Donald came to live with his Sibley grand-parents (who are my parents) while still just a young boy. We spent some of our formative years, growing up, together. Don was the oldest, then my brother, Johnny, then Gene, and Me! Being the baby of the bunch, I am sure I caused them much grief, many times!
When we were still young, I often thought Donald was arrogant!! I later realized that what I thought was arrogance, was simply extreme self-confidence that was developed from assuming a position of responsibility beyond his years . . . again, due to circumstances of life, over which he had no control.
That self-confidence became a guide and motivator that enabled Don to achieve many goals in his life. His rapid promotions in the Air Force led up through the ranks, resulting in him attaining the rank of Major!
Don was a genuine Patriot and a guardian of our Liberty. Many nights, as we all slept peacefully in our beds, Don and his flight crew were plying the night skies, ensuring our safety!
And so, even though Don had his faults, as we all do, I choose to remember him as a valued relative, and a dedicated American Hero.
Thank you, Major Donald Wayne Barnes, for your love and regard for your Barnes/Sibley families, and Thank you, for your love and service to your Country.
May God Bless and keep the Barnes family, and God Bless America.
'Uncle Bob'
(For those who do not know, Donald was my nephew, although, he was 4 years older!)

Alan "Mac" McKenzie

June 14, 2013

To the Family of Don "Barney" Barnes:
I served with Don at Little Rock AFB, until the unit broke up and we all went our separate ways. "Barney" and I spent many hours on alert together just talking, playing pool, and joking around. It was a shocker to be notified that he had flown West. I always respected him and always enjoyed our time together. I never received anything from him but a smile and a big grin. God Bless you, "Barney." I'll miss you at the future reunions. ("Mac" McKenzie, DSO, 43rd BW, 65th & 64th BS, CCTS.)

Ray and Paula Wilkes

June 12, 2013

Leslie...we're so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and love are with you.

June 11, 2013

Leslie, My prayers are with you and your family. Sorry to read of your loss, I know you will keep the fondest of his memories close to your heart.

With Sympathy,
Rebecca Wilcox McClodden and the Wilcox Family (Bossier City, LA.)

Johnny & Sherry Morgan

June 11, 2013

Larry, Leslie, Jeri and family, Johnny and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we hope the memories you have of him give you comfort at this time.
Johnny & Sherry Morgan

Law Deb

June 10, 2013

I am saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was a dear friend to my mother and I have many fond memories. I especially remember his wonderful "Sunday Suppers"! He would cook all day, but they were certainly worth the wait! My condolences to Larry, Leslie and Jeri. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Deb Law

Pat Covington

June 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I enjoyed getting to know your father while he lived at Horizon Bay. We had a number of talks about the western novels he loved to read. May the happy memories make you smile, your friends and family give you strength and your faith give you peace.

Jesse & Alyce Allen

June 9, 2013

Leslie, Sincerely sorry to read of the passing of your father. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

June 9, 2013

My condolences to the family of Don. I have some great memories of Don and my sister Pat Watterson during the times we were all together and our great trip to England and Ireland. Don really enjoyed meeting all the relatives back home. My sympathy to his family. I am sure he will be missed. Goodbye, Don. Peace, Sincerely Priscilla Price

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

June 9, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Donald W. Barnes our Brother-in-Arms, fellow Legionnaire and VFW comrade. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Donald. And to Donald it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Air Force and for his many years of loyal service to the American Legion and the VFW. Donald, you were a valued comrade, a trusted friend and a true Patriot. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Donald's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101