Edward L. Barnes

March 2, 1962August 10, 2014

Edward L. Barnes, 52 of Williamston passed away on Sunday August 10th. Ed, originally from Harriman, Tennessee, is survived by his daughter Amy (Shaun) Howlett his three sons, Christopher (Jacklyn) Barnes, Matthew Barnes, Kevin Barnes, and his grandchildren, Christopher Jr, Emmy, Cassidy, and Colt. Ed is also survived by his father, Otto Barnes, brother, Tim Barnes, and sister, Melba (Scott) Kastelic. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Barnes. Born in Harriman, Tennessee, he spent his childhood growing up with a loving family; Mother Alice, Father, Otto, Brother, Tim and Sister, Melba. He was also surrounded by his Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. After some travels through the Army including a stay in Germany, his family settled in Michigan. He grew up and met many friends in Madison Heights, MI. He graduated from Lamphere High School, where he enjoyed being a part of the Football, Basketball, and Baseball teams. After High School, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at Fort Ord in California. He married his first wife, Karen, the same year his daughter, Amy, was born. Spending time in California, he developed a love for Golf and the 49ers. His first son, Christopher, was born on base shortly after. Moving back to Madison Heights, he welcomed his 2 youngest sons, Matthew and Kevin, and raised his family for the next few years in the community where he grew up. Later in Ed’s life, he became Grandpa Ed to Christopher Jr., Emmy, Cassidy and Colt. Private family services will be held in Tennessee. Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing, MI.


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August 26, 2014

Ed was a kind and gentle man with a soft and generous heart. He always knew how to brighten my day and make me laugh, I'll miss that and so much more. What a contagious personality. When we meet again I'm anticipating the, "Hey running late again I see". Though the time was brief, you touched my life and you will be forever missed. I was honored to have known you. My deepest sympathies to you all.

Michele Grabill (Brenton)

August 25, 2014

I'm sorry, I meant to say I was in class a little under Ed. I know his brother Tim was in my grade. My mind wasn't thinking clearly, as I am in shock to hear this news. He was too young for this. With love and prayers, Michele Grabill

Michele Grabill (Brenton)

August 25, 2014

I am very saddened to hear this news of his passing. I was in same class of 82' with Eddie. I always liked his kind heart, his personality and his huge smile. I am so sorry for your families loss. May God comfort you now and always.Sincerely, Michele (Brenton) Grabill

Susan Mutz

August 20, 2014

I worked with Ed for a brief moment. He was a hoot. Funny at times. He lightened things up a bit when the day was busy. My deepest sympathies to the family. God Bless.

Dean Campbell

August 19, 2014

Sometimes our lives meet all to briefly, you enjoy each others company for a short season and then time has a way of moving us in other directions. When thinking of my time spent with Ed, I can only recall they were the best of times... he was a great boss, a great golf teacher (to me and many others I'm sure) and his love for the game was so contagious! Thank you Ed for the times we shared... you were truly one of a kind!

Tracy Stiles

August 19, 2014

After Ed hired me at Delta Dental, we became quite close during his time here. We hung out, played golf, and just talked a lot. He talked me into joining him on the Weight Watchers program where he lost over 100 lbs. I have pictures of him at my wedding flashing his very contagious smile, which I will never forget. Ed was a great guy who I will think of often... and will smile every time I do.
So long, my friend.

Ruth Neal

August 19, 2014

I will never forget when I first met Ed, or should I say "heard" Ed :) I had the pleasure of working for him at Delta Dental, and will always remember the sound of that belly laugh you could hear across the room. It was always a pleasure to work with/for Ed as he was so laid back and easy going. He certainly made work enjoyable and fun.
My deepest sympathies to his family & friends during this most difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Ken & Sandie Bennett

August 18, 2014

Our adventures began at Wilkinson and took us through a lot of bike rides, baseball, tennis, swimming at your mom and dad's, hunting for pheasant at Bald Mountain, my trips down to Granny and Pa's, a lot of sleepovers with good ole southern cooking and my first Towne Club Soda. We both ended up in Cali and came home. Our mom's were best friends, we were best friends, you were my best man and we are God Father's to each others children. We had some great times you, Karen, Sandie and I. It goes without saying I love you like a brother. Say hi to my mom for me and stay out of trouble. Love ya,

Lisa Price (Buchner)

August 16, 2014

Thank you Ed for always treating me like a little sister. Especially when you picked on me just like an older brother should:) You will be missed. Love you.

Dwayne Riley

August 16, 2014

sorry to all friends ,and family I met Ed in john page jr high,he came over from wilkinson,got along with everybody,good guy. He was a great competitor,basketball,and football. all state linebacker at lamphere,OAC CHAMPS.52,all our running backs have past,i am also friends with his brother T im,hisfolks brought them up right.I willsee you again ED,on the other side,a true friend...RIP... YOUR GOOD FRIEND DWAYNE [BONES] RILEY