Cotten Funeral Home


Richard Alan Barnhill

December 9, 1963April 26, 2021

Richard Alan Barnhill, 57, of the Spring Garden community, went home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, Joanie, on Monday, April 26th, 2021. Alan was a lifelong resident of Craven County and was a graduate of the West Craven High School class of 1982. He owned and operated a lawncare business for many years and loved his customers, whom he considered family. Alan will always be remembered for his big heart, compassionate nature and willingness to help anyone in need.

Alan is survived by his parents, Jim and Joan Barnhill; sister, Margaret Chance and husband Joe; mother-in-law, Dixie Dixon; brother-in-law, Don Dixon and wife Shannon; nieces, Katie and Emily Chance and Haven Dixon; nephew, Colbey Dixon; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He also leaves behind his friend and longtime helper in his lawncare business, Santiago Mancilla.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 1st at Alan's home, located at 645 Spring Garden Road, New Bern. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 2nd at Spring Garden Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor David McAnelly officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Alan's name to the Colonial Capital Humane Society or to Spring Garden Baptist Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 2, 2021


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Rodney and Marianne Harper

May 2, 2021

One of Rodney’s strongest memories of Alan was the time he took Alan fishing and Alan came back as red as an apple. Rodney felt so bad. He also remembers all of the times he would play basketball with Alan. My memories deal with his wedding to Joannie and my visits to their home to play Bunko. We both thought that Alan was one of the dearest men that we have ever known and we will all miss that special man. His funeral today was amazing and the huge numbers of people who attended demonstrated how many loved Alan. Our only comfort is to know that he and Joannie are reunited. We will keep Alan’s family in our prayers.

Vickie Whitford

May 2, 2021

Mr Jim and Family. I was sadden to hear of the passing of Alan. I was always happy to see all of you at the NRA Banquet in New Bern Alan always had a smile on his face and your table always took home lots of goodies. May you find comfort that he is now with the love of his life Joanie. God Bless all of you. Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely. Vickie Whitford,ERNUL NC

Joe and Judith Chance

May 1, 2021

There are no adequate words to express the shock and sadness in the passing of such a very special man who became family! We do know that God will be there with us, giving courage and strength in these difficult days. We know he is with the Lord and his much loved Joanie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you each.

Keshalra Johnson

April 29, 2021

Mr. Barnhill was such a loving and sweet spirit , every time he comes to the bank he brings smiles and positive energy, he will definitely be missed. Praying for the entire family during this time!

from your favorite teller ; Kesha !

Gregg Murray

April 29, 2021

I'll always remember your big smile!" You were a great friend to me. And the perfect choice to be the godfather of my son. I could always count on you for words of encouragement. One of my greatest memories will always be the vacationing with you in Bath. You are with Joanie and in God's hands now. I will miss you greatly my friend. I love you!"

JoAnn Heath Cox

April 29, 2021

I will always remember the help Alan gave me in High School, he was a great friend and a really special guy, he gave me a ride every day to my job in New Bern our senior year at WCHS, we both finished classes at lunchtime and I got a job at the License Plate Office, I didn’t have a car, he was working at Montgomery Wards, and had a beautiful old Chevy truck so he offered because he drove by my work place every day, I was so grateful, I offered him gas money but he would not take it, he was a wonderful friend, my heart breaks for his passing and his family but he is with his love Joanie and may there be peace in that. Thank you Alan for helping me to keep a job in High School but most of all for friendship. 😢🙏💔

Mike Westover

April 28, 2021

Alan, from the first time I met you at RW Moore, I felt a friendship with you. Through the years we worked together our friendship grew. You were a brother, a friend, and some one I could count on anytime anywhere. You could always lift my spirits as well as the spirits of anyone you came in contact with.I know you are happy now being back by Ms Joanie's side. I do and will continue to miss you. Love you, BROTHER

Helen Cox

April 28, 2021

We are one of Alan’s customers.
He was the sweetest and one of the most considerate people I have ever met!
He took care of our yard like it was his own!
I am so saddened by his passing.
I will always remember his big heart!

Helen & Jerry Cox

Kathryn Sheedy

April 28, 2021

Mr. Alan was so special! I loved he and his wife dearly. I know he's happy again and reunited with Ms. Joanie. Prayers for his family

AL Murray

April 28, 2021

I have lost my best friend. The most genuine person I know. He will never be replaced. For over 30 years he has always been there for me. He was my number one cheer leader even when it was not warranted. His loss is unmeasurable . The only comfort I have is that he is back at Joanie side which I am sure he is once again happy. Rest easy my brother and may you have eternal peace. I love you and always will.