OBITUARY

Elizabeth Johnson Barnes

January 24, 1929December 20, 2020

Elizabeth Johnson “Betty” Barnes passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 20th, 2020, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Betty was born in Macon, Georgia on January 24th, 1929, the daughter of Thomas Ross Johnson and Mamie Lee Yates Johnson. She graduated from A.L. Miller School for Girls in 1946. She enjoyed many “Class of 46’” luncheons and reunions with her friends until 2019. Betty was married to the love of her life, Wendell, on August 16th, 1949. She was a devoted wife and mother of four children, grandmother to seven and great grandmother to eight and two/thirds (due in Feb). Her fierce love for her family was made known to all of them by her loving remembrances of birthdays, holidays, and special events in their individual lives. She also specially designed a family beach vacation for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren every July for thirty years on Hilton Head Island. Betty learned very early in her marriage to love golf as much as Wendell. They travelled with friends for many years all over the southeast to golf tournaments and The Masters in Augusta.

Betty began her real estate career in 1976 and was one of the first agents hired at Sheridan, Solomon and Kernaghan. She was a consummate professional and went to great lengths to ensure that every client and family found the perfect new home with love and care. She furthered her education in real estate by obtaining her GRI Broker designation. She made the Macon Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club her third year in the business and remained there every year until her retirement. Betty reached the pinnacle of success by earning the Eagle Award in 1992, the Phoenix Award in 1997, and the Crystal Award in 2007, which recognizes 25 years of membership in the Million Dollar Club. The Crystal Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Middle Georgia Association of Realtors.

Throughout her life of service to others, Betty was a devoted Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout Den mother, and the greatest cheerleader to her children. Their accomplishments in life and service to God and others were life lessons well taught by Betty and Wendell. She was a member of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and her love of God and family will live in their hearts forever.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Wendell Wright Barnes, six siblings and spouses and three Barnes brothers and wives. She was the sole remaining matriarch on both sides of her family. She is survived by her son, Wendell Wright Barnes, Jr. (Reba) of Dalton, GA; her daughter Leesa Barnes Woodall (Lee) of Barnesville, GA; her daughter Sue Anne Morris of Macon, GA; and her son James Yates Barnes (Valerie) of Amelia Island, FL. She adored her grandchildren, Wendell Wright Barnes, III of Atlanta, GA; William Wright Woodall (Lane) of Barnesville, GA; Elizabeth Woodall Richards (Dave) of Acworth, GA; James Talmadge Woodall (Tanner) of Brookhaven, GA; Ansley Morris Waddell (Clay) of Macon, GA; Thomas Andrew Morris of Macon, GA; Samuel William Barnes of Charleston, SC; and her great grandchildren, Hatch, Scout, and Levi Woodall; Kate, Ezra and Nolan Richards; Hannah and Hayes Waddell and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Navicent Northside Rehabilitation Center, Home Instead Senior Care, and Pine Pointe Hospice for their care and comfort during Betty’s illness. Her caregivers, Lisa Evans, Gayla White, and Cassandra Sanders attended to her daily needs with amazing love and tenderness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church or Macon Outreach.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Services, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements. Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her son, Wendell Wright Barnes, Jr. (Reba) of Dalton, GA; her daughter Leesa Barnes Woodall (Lee) of Barnesville, GA; her daughter Sue Anne Morris of Macon, GA; and her son James Yates Barnes (Valerie) of Amelia Island, FL. She adored her grandchildren, Wendell Wright Barnes, III of Atlanta, GA; William Wright Woodall (Lane) of Barnesville, GA; Elizabeth Woodall Richards (Dave) of Acworth, GA; James Talmadge Woodall (Tanner) of Brookhaven, GA; Ansley Morris Waddell (Clay) of Macon, GA; Thomas Andrew Morris of Macon, GA; Samuel William Barnes of Charleston, SC; and her great grandchildren, Hatch, Scout, and Levi Woodall; Kate, Ezra and Nolan Richards; Hannah and Hayes Waddell and many nieces and nephews.
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Donna Towns

December 31, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of my Aunt Betty. The Barnes’ house was my favorite place to go as I was growing up! She and Uncle Wendell were always so welcoming to our family . She was beautiful , accomplished and had a great love for her family. There was never any doubt about how proud she was of her children and grandchildren. What a celebration it was when she was reunited in Heaven with family and friends who had gone before her!! She will be missed!❤️

Kathleen Lewis

December 31, 2020

I just had Aunt Betty on my mind and heart a week before her passing. I loved riding my bicycle to see her and Uncle Wendell when I lived in the Riverside neighborhood before they moved. She and Aunt Miriam were strong ladies. I love my large family and always have even though the years and circumstances have somewhat separated us
My love to you Wendy. Lisa, Sue Anne and Jim.💗💗💓

Beth Brown Dahl

December 29, 2020

I have many memories of my favorite aunt. Aunt Betty was always welcoming whether I was 6 or 60. She never seemed to age, was beautiful, gracious, accomplished with her career , but above all loved and was proud of her family.
My mother, Miriam, ( her sister) was so grateful for Betty and Wendell’s visits and rides to Gulf Shores for the annual Johnson sibling reunion.
She will be greatly missed.
Warm hugs to my Barnes cousins

Elizabeth ( Beth) Brown Dahl

patty coulter

December 25, 2020

Betty and my mother, RoseMarie, were great friends their whole lives, growing up across from each other on Carling Avenue. I remember Betty during my growing up years in Macon and beyond when my mom and her would get together. I thought she was a very gracious and beautiful lady and was always interested in what we were doing. I know she will be missed in Macon and by her friends and most of all by her family. My condolences go out to each and everyone of them.

Melissa Evans

December 22, 2020

I will miss the conversations over morning Tea and breakfast. So many stories about the kids and Mr. Barnes , which always made me laugh! You told me how nice and sweet I was for being patient with you after the fall that changed our lives forever. Miss you always and praying for your family. ❤

Mickey Pope

December 22, 2020

We were so terribly sorry to learn of Betty's passing. She was a delightful person, who,
now, gets to be reunited with the love of her life. I miss both of them and have missed
seeing Sue Anne. May GOD's blessings comfort you all.

Brenda Maddox

December 21, 2020

My office was across the hall from hers. We spent a fair amount of time chatting. She was a very sweet, smart, and very knowledable and very caring lady and was very interesting to talk to. You are going to be missed Betty.

Gayle Jennings

December 20, 2020

Prayers to Wendy and his family. Ms Betty was like a mother to me and I have many good memories especially her attending my wedding 3 years ago. Rest in peace sweet, gracious lady.

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Biography

Elizabeth Johnson “Betty” Barnes passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 20th, 2020, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Betty was born in Macon, Georgia on January 24th, 1929, the daughter of Thomas Ross Johnson and Mamie Lee Yates Johnson. She graduated from A.L. Miller School for Girls in 1946. She enjoyed many “Class of 46’” luncheons and reunions with her friends until 2019. Betty was married to the love of her life, Wendell, on August 16th, 1949. She was a devoted wife and mother of four children, grandmother to seven and great grandmother to eight and two/thirds (due in Feb). Her fierce love for her family was made known to all of them by her loving remembrances of birthdays, holidays, and special events in their individual lives. She also specially designed a family beach vacation for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren every July for thirty years on Hilton Head Island. Betty learned very early in her marriage to love golf as much as Wendell. They travelled with friends for many years all over the southeast to golf tournaments and The Masters in Augusta.

Betty began her real estate career in 1976 and was one of the first agents hired at Sheridan, Solomon and Kernaghan. She was a consummate professional and went to great lengths to ensure that every client and family found the perfect new home with love and care. She furthered her education in real estate by obtaining her GRI Broker designation. She made the Macon Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club her third year in the business and remained there every year until her retirement. Betty reached the pinnacle of success by earning the Eagle Award in 1992, the Phoenix Award in 1997, and the Crystal Award in 2007, which recognizes 25 years of membership in the Million Dollar Club. The Crystal Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Middle Georgia Association of Realtors.

Throughout her life of service to others, Betty was a devoted Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout Den mother, and the greatest cheerleader to her children. Their accomplishments in life and service to God and others were life lessons well taught by Betty and Wendell. She was a member of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and her love of God and family will live in their hearts forever.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Wendell Wright Barnes, six siblings and spouses and three Barnes brothers and wives. She was the sole remaining matriarch on both sides of her family. She is survived by her son, Wendell Wright Barnes, Jr. (Reba) of Dalton, GA; her daughter Leesa Barnes Woodall (Lee) of Barnesville, GA; her daughter Sue Anne Morris of Macon, GA; and her son James Yates Barnes (Valerie) of Amelia Island, FL. She adored her grandchildren, Wendell Wright Barnes, III of Atlanta, GA; William Wright Woodall (Lane) of Barnesville, GA; Elizabeth Woodall Richards (Dave) of Acworth, GA; James Talmadge Woodall (Tanner) of Brookhaven, GA; Ansley Morris Waddell (Clay) of Macon, GA; Thomas Andrew Morris of Macon, GA; Samuel William Barnes of Charleston, SC; and her great grandchildren, Hatch, Scout, and Levi Woodall; Kate, Ezra and Nolan Richards; Hannah and Hayes Waddell and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Navicent Northside Rehabilitation Center, Home Instead Senior Care, and Pine Pointe Hospice for their care and comfort during Betty’s illness. Her caregivers, Lisa Evans, Gayla White, and Cassandra Sanders attended to her daily needs with amazing love and tenderness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church or Macon Outreach.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Services, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.
Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.