OBITUARY

Sandra Catherine Barnes

December 27, 1955April 7, 2019
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Sandra Catherine Barnes, age 63, of Kingsport, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center. She was born in Camden, NJ, a daughter of the late Samuel Campbell II and Estella Brown Campbell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Dawn Eva Nitsche; and one brother, Phillip Campbell.

Sandra loved spending time with her family and working in her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Stephen Barnes; one son, Christopher Jupin and wife Jessica; two daughters, Jesicca Jupin, and Cassi Jupin-Walton; one son-in-law, Robin Nitsche; five grandchildren, Christopher Nitsche and partner Amber Ortiz, David Sasek, Carri Smith, Skyler Jupin, and Madison Jupin; two great grandchildren, Kaeleb Holder and Ivy Hough; four brothers, Dennis Campbell and wife Terri, Samuel Campbell III and wife Jackie, Glenn Campbell, and Paul Burns; two sisters, Dawn Conant, and Robin Morgan and husband Haymond; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Monte Vista Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 1:00 PM with Pastor Doug Atkins officiating. Committal Service and Inurnment will follow in the Garden of the Last Supper at Monte Vista Memorial Park.

Arrangements especially for Mrs. Barnes and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.

  • FAMILY

  • the late Samuel Campbell II, Father
  • the late Estella Campbell, Mother
  • the late Dawn Eva Nitsche, Daughter
  • the late Phillip Campbell, Brother
  • Stephen Barnes, Husband
  • Christopher Jupin and Wife Jessica, Son
  • Jesicca Jupin, Daughter
  • Cassi Jupin-Walton, Daughter
  • Robin Nitsche, Son-in-law
  • Mrs. Barnes is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Christopher Nitsche and partner Amber Ortiz, David Sasek, Carri Smith, Skyler Jupin, and Madison Jupin; two great grandchildren, Kaeleb Holder and Ivy Hough; four brothers, Dennis Campbell and wife Terri, Samuel Campbell III and wife Jackie, Glenn Campbell, and Paul Burns; two sisters, Dawn Conant, and Robin Morgan and husband Haymond; and several nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Sandra Catherine Barnes

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Carri Layne Smith

April 18, 2019

Mom-mom, it is still unreal to me you are no longer here...... I listen to your voicemails often. You where and will always be the bestest grandmother any of us grandchildren could have asked for. At time we needed someone the most you where right there by our side telling us it would be ok and you would help us get threw it. I miss you mom-mom more than anyone knows will forever cherish all the times we have shared together.... thank you for being my mom-mom you were and will always be so special to me. Tell momma we love and miss her down here I'm glad you all are together again just wish It could have been here on earth with all of us. I love you mom-mom with all of my entire heart and soul. I miss u so much.... I wish there was a phone in heaven😢😇👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💛💛💛

Jason Campbell

April 13, 2019

Aunt Sandy.. I still cant believe your gone . I can remember all the times we spent together and I remember each time you would see me you would say .. "Hey Jay" .. I still can hear your voice til this day calling out for me.. I miss you more than you can ever imagine. I love you So Much and I hope you are no longer hurting . Rest In Peace .

Constance Bower

April 13, 2019

I’ll never forget her laugh. She could have been having the worst day ever yet no one would ever kno as she was always smiling. I’m sure gonna miss her. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to each and everyone of y’all.

Cassi Jupin-Walton

April 11, 2019

Mom-mom,
You have no idea how much I miss you... You were a part of my everyday life, my everyday conversations. You were my best friend, my mom, my grandmother, my go-to. It's going to be so tough moving on, but I know you wouldn't want me to dwell on you going back home but it's so hard.. I miss you so so much mom-mom! Please, keep your eyes on us mom-mom. We still need your presence. I love you all my heart & soul. 12 o'clock. 💛

Madyson Jupin

April 9, 2019

She was the best mum-mum anyone could ask for. She was always there when you needed her.

GIna Burns Barber

April 9, 2019

Sending our most sincere condolences on the passing of Sandy. Keeping the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. From Betty Burns and family ♡

Donna Ingram-Hatchett

April 9, 2019

What an amazing person she was a person that held me up when I was down. Sandra would tell me she loved me often, and loved all the girls so much. I love when she called me on video because always had the biggest smile that cheers up the day. When she called she always said to me. " Donna I have to give you the scoop" I love you

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Sandra Catherine Barnes believed about life. She was a creative woman, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting her. She had faith in her ability to find those solutions. Sandra thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. She possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Sandra was a person who believed that she could achieve whatever she set out to do.

      Sandra was born on December 27, 1955 at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey. Her parents were Samuel and Estella Campbell. Sandra was raised in New Jersey, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Louisiana. She showed her ingenuity even as a child. When she was confronted with a problem, Sandra could develop an imaginative solution, and she derived satisfaction from knowing she had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Sandra's family relationships. Sandra was raised with Seven. She had five brothers, Dennis Campbell, Samuel Campbell III, Billy Campbell who died as an infant, Glenn Campbell, and Paul Burns; and two sisters, Dawn Conant, and Robin Morgan. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Sandra was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young girl, Sandra could be found building and inventing new and different things. She was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Sandra took part in football, baseball with her brother Dennis and friends, and ice skating. In her spare time she liked fishing, camping, loved the outdoors, and loved making walking sticks.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how her world worked, Sandra enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Sandra was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was typing and detention hall. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Jordan. She will be remembered for her smile and lighting up a room with the smile she always had in a special way.

      Sandra was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around her. Always interested in her friends’ activities and interests, Sandra was uncritical of her acquaintances. She was sought after by people who recognized that she was generous with her time and energy, and these same friends found Sandra to be very stimulating company. Sandra's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around her. While growing up, some of her best friends were Terri Gallagher. Where you saw one, you saw the other. Later in life, she became friends with Terri Gallagher Campbell, and Nancy. Anyone she met was a friend instantly.

      On February 12, 1996 Sandra exchanged wedding vows with Stephen Lester Barnes at Granny Miller's house in Johnson City, Tennessee. Sandra was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Sandra was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Sandra was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to her spouse’s needs. She was a vibrant personality and she enjoyed verbally sparring with Steve. In fact, those who knew her often remarked that Sandra loved to argue for argument’s sake. She was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Steve's.

      Sandra's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced her relationship with her children. She would create original, clever and fun games for her kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Sandra was blessed with Three children and raised one grandchild, Dawn Eva Smith Nitsche, Christopher Noland Jupin, Jesicca Nicole Jupin, and grandchild Cassi Renee Jupin. They were also blessed with 6, Christopher Nitsche, David Sasek, Carri Smith, Cassi Jupin, Skyler Jupin, and Madyson Jupin, and two great grandchildren, Kaeleb Holder and Ivy Hough. Someone who was quick to laugh, Sandra found it easy to spend lots of time with her children, but she was never overbearing or guilty of pushing herself on them.

      As a born inventor, Sandra was definitely in her element in her work place. She could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Sandra was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. She could assess all of the options before her and, using her analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. Her personal initiative inspired those around her. Sandra was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. She was employed for AO Smith and she was a very hard worker. Sandra always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Sandra's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for her. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Sandra was always searching for new and unusual activities, she developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things she became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew her, but most friends and family understood that Sandra simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, nature walks, watching scary movies, making people laugh, making Indian walking sticks, and playing with her grandchildren.

      Sandra's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served her well in sports. Recreational sports included bowling. Sandra was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Top on her list was the Philadelphia Eagles.

      Sandra's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something she did throughout her life. She enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Sandra could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing her novel ideas and problem solving strategies. In high school, Sandra was a member of the student council.

      Faith and religion were important to Sandra. She attended several churches over the years.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Sandra. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Sandra to expand her ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included bike week at Myrtle Beach, SC, camping in New York and Canada, Tybee Island, North Carolina, and visiting family.

      Sandra was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Sandra's favorites was Pixson, her dog, and Fritz, her bird. They were best friends, with Fritz for 23 years and Pixson around 10 years.

      Even while in retirement, Sandra never stopped exercising her inventive talents, and this new phase of her life provided new opportunities for stimulating her interests. In retirement, she found new pleasure in spending time with her family. Even in retirement, Sandra continued to stay in touch with her old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Sandra passed away on April 7, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Stephen Barnes; one son, Christopher Jupin and wife Jessica; two daughters, Jessica Jupin, and Cassi Jupin-Walton; one son-in-law, Robin Nitsche; five grandchildren, Christopher Nitsche and partner Amber Ortiz, David Sasek, Carri Smith, Skyler Jupin, and Madyson Jupin; two great grandchildren, Kaeleb Holder and Ivy Hough; four brothers, Dennis Campbell and wife Terri, Samuel Campbell III and wife Jackie, Glenn Campbell, and Paul Burns; two sisters, Dawn Conant, and Robin Morgan and husband Haymond; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Monte Vista Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life followed at 1:00 PM with Pastor Doug Atkins officiating. Committal Service and Inurnment followed in the Garden of the Last Supper at Monte Vista Memorial Park in Johnson City, Tennessee.

      During her lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Sandra. She met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Sandra was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around her could not. For Sandra, the traditional way of doing things fell short of her expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Sandra Catherine Barnes, the fun of living her life could be found in the challenge.