OBITUARY

Benjamin Hector Barnes Jr.

August 10, 1926January 1, 2014

Benjamin H. Barnes, Jr., 87, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. He was predeceased by his mother, Mayme Louise Bray; father, Benjamin Hector Barnes, Sr.; step father, Otis T. Bray and son, Randolph T. Barnes.

Benjamin was born on August 10, 1926, he was a graduate of Maury High School, 1944 and he continued on with his education and received an Associate degree from William and Mary College. He was a veteran of WWII in the Army Air Corp and US Marine Corps. Benjamin was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church and also a Mason, former member of the Norfolk Moose Lodge. For his career, he was a Sales Manager for Fairmont Bld. Supplies for 44 ½ years when he retired on January 25, 2007.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary C. “Tina” Barnes; son, Jeffrey Benjamin Barnes of Roanoke; grandchildren, Jeanne Lynn Barnes of Fairfax; Mathew Benjamin Barnes of Roanoke; stepson, Butch Beecham; step grandchildren, Holly Tabor and J.D. Beecham along with his loving companion, his baby girl Ella.

A visitation will be held from 6-8pm, Friday, at Smith and Williams Funeral Home Norview. A graveside service will be conducted at Rosewood Memorial Park at 1pm, Saturday, to be officiated by the Rev. Fred Braswell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption at 5585 Sabre Road Norfolk, VA 23502, or online at http://www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?NID=260. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwilliamsnorfolk.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 11, 2014
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Debbie Vestal Sawyer

January 13, 2014

I am saddened to just learn of my Uncle Ben's passing. He was a very kind and loving man. My thoughts and prayers go out to my cousin, Jeff, and the rest of the Barnes family...

Tim Brown

January 13, 2014

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Barnes. My condolences to all his family. He was a great man when I knew him during my childhood, and surely just got better with age. Jeff and I were best friends for a long time, and I would love to get in touch with him.

Rich Hicks

January 11, 2014

Benny was my dear friend and neighbor. He was like a second dad to me. He is now with the Father that he dearly loved.
My family and I will miss him and his spirit.

Dean Griffin

January 10, 2014

I knew Mr.Barnes as a child growing up and became more aquainted with him as he and my Father became good friends later in life.I will always be fond of Ben for being there for my Dad when he needed a friend.

Libby

January 10, 2014

I am saddened that my former father-in-law is no longer with us. I am glad to know how strong his relationship is with God. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tina who has lost a 32 year friendship and a life companion.

Jamie Brazzell

January 9, 2014

Benny was a wonderful man who had an infectious smile. Seeing him always brightened my day. He was a good man who will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.

RAY COLESON

January 8, 2014

BENNY WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS AT CHURCH. HE ALWAYS TOLD ME HOW NICE I LOOKED IN MY DRESS SUITS. HE WAS A TRUE CHRISTIAN. ALWAYS SMILING I WAS SO SAD WHEN I GOT WORD OF HIS PASSING. I WILL MISS HIM BUT I KNOW HE IS RESTING NOW. MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE LOSS OF A GOOD FRIEND. RAY COLESON AND FAMILY

Larry Kight

January 8, 2014

I am very sorry to learn of Ben's passing. My prayers and condolences to the family.
Larry Kight

Craig Campbell

January 6, 2014

I'm so very saddened to hear of the passing of my Uncle Ben. He was an extraordinarily sweet and gentle man, and the love and kindness he always showed me will stay with me forever. My deepest sympathies to Tina, Jeffrey, and the rest of his family during this difficult time.

January 6, 2014

So sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet person. Our sympathy to you and your family. Eddie, Ann & Julia