James Leo Barnes

February 20, 1932December 21, 2018

James Leo Barnes, 86, of Kenly, NC, formerly of Belpre, OH, passed away December 21, 2018, in the Wilson Medical Center, following a brief illness. He was born February 20, 1932, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Monroe and Gladys (Snyder) Barnes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Barnes and one brother Donald Barnes. James was a United States Air Force Veteran and retired from E.I. Dupont with 30 years of service. He enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Bengals football team and NASCAR racing. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 62 years, Mary Barns; daughters Sherri Pepper of Millwood, WV, Rebecca Barnes Renfow of NC; granddaughter Lori Schultz of Hometown, WV and two great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Alissa. Private family service will be 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Williamson officiating. Condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Mary Barnes, Wife
  • Sherri Pepper, Daughter
  • Rebecca Barnes, Daughter
  • Lori Schultz, Granddaughter
  • Monroe Barnes, Father
  • Gladys Snyder) Barnes, Mother
  • James Barnes, Son
  • Donald Barnes, Brother
  • James also leaves behind his great grandchildren Kaitlyn and Alissa.


  • Family Visitation Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 28, 2018

James Leo Barnes

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Vicki and Tim Chaney

December 28, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. May the peace and love of Christ comfort your heart at this time. Thinking of you*

Shari and Gary Davis

December 28, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May the precious memories you have of your Dad bring a smile to your face and that God will give you and your family comfort and strength at this time.

Tamara Reynolds

December 28, 2018

To Becky and family of James Barnes. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Barnes was a kind and funny person. I spent a great deal of time at their home when they lived at Broadmore Addition. Becky and I were best friends in high school. James and Mary treated me very well. I have never forgotten them and have treasured the memories. Again I am so sorry for your loss. Becky I would love to see you. Please contact me at 304-488-7950 if you like.
Tamara Reynolds

Lanita & Steve Vicars

December 28, 2018

Dear Sherri & Family,
I know how much your Dad meant to you and his passing has affected many lives. Our prayers are for God to give you strength to carry on. We love you like a sister—-if we can help in any way, just ask.
Love & Prayers,
Lanita & Steve

Karen (Boley) Nicholson

December 28, 2018

Prayers and condolences to the family. I lived next door to the family wben I moved to Lubeck in 1968. Wonderful neighbors. I also had Sherri in school.

Carol Burner

December 25, 2018

Uncle Leo was the kindest, most loving, and unselfish man I ever met or knew. He did so much for this reunions and Christmas Day celebrations for family at his home. I owe so many wonderful Christmas and summer memories to Leo and Mary. I loved him dearly, and I will keep his wonderful memory close in my heart.
When God made Leo, he broke the mold. No man could ever live up to his standards...I am so blessed that Leo was a part of my life and I am humble and grateful to have earned his love and to have loved him. Words could never express how much he did for me.
God bless you Mary, Sherri, and Becky. I love you.