Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Joyce M. Barnes

October 12, 1937September 7, 2019

Joyce M. Barnes, 81, of Harlem, GA, passed away on September 7, 2019. Prior to moving to Georgia, she resided in New Bern, NC.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Barnes; daughter, Judy Barnes; and sons, Jerry Barnes and Tracy Barnes.

She is survived by her brother, Harvey Mercer of Wilson; daughters, Sharon Barnes of Pikeville, Terry Berkley (Earl) of Newport, and Kelly Dietz (Jeff) of Harlem, GA; She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

Service will be Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cotten Funeral Home Chapel with visitation preceding the service from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.


  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019


Joyce M. Barnes

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Crystal Sparks

September 9, 2019

I cannot put into words how much I will miss my grandma. She meant the world to me and taught me so very much. She was tough, spunky, and no nonsense - but she loved each of us grandkids immensely. I'm so grateful that she was such an enormous part of my childhood and my life. Thank you, grandma, for everything. I love you forever....

Lori Ellis

September 9, 2019

I always loved going to visit Aunt Joyce and Uncle Preston. She was one of the most loving women I know. My mama always loved her so much because I think they were so much alike in loving and caring for their children. One of my most memorable times at their house was eating seafood. She was the best cook. Love and prayers to my sweet cousins.🙏❤️