Earl "EB" Bruce Barnes Jr.

November 17, 1922March 16, 2013

Earl Bruce Barnes, Jr, 90, of Raleigh, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Oaks of Mayview in Raleigh. Earl was born November 17, 1922 in High Point, NC to the late Earl Bruce Barnes, Sr. and Willie Royals Barnes. He was a 1940 graduate of High Point High School and attended High Point University in 1941-9142. Earl was a US Army veteran of WWII, serving 30 months in the European Theatre. After the war, Earl joined the J.C. Penney Company of High Point, NC. He later managed the J.C. Penney Stores in Oak Ridge, TN, Bowling Green, KY, Hickory, NC, Fayetteville, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Earl opened the North Hills Penney Store in 1968 and managed it until his retirement in 1980, serving 36 years with the J.C. Penney Company. He was so proud of “His North Hills Store” and his “400 or so employees.” He always said his Penney Associates were the greatest asset in running the Penney Store and he counted them his friends. Earl’s business achievements, civic and community involvement included: board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce in Bowling Green, KY and Hickory, NC; board of directors for the NC Retail Merchants Association and was chairman of the board president 1983-1984; presented the “Manager of the Year” award in 1970; board of directors of the North Hills Merchant Association and was president in 1974; active role in the North Raleigh Rotary Club and served as president 1976-1979; district governor of District 771 Rotary International 1981-1982; awarded the prestigious Rotary Paul Harris Award in 1973; The News and Observer “Tar Heel of the Week” in 1983. Following retirement from J.C. Penney Company, Earl was owner of Boylan-Pearce Department Store of Raleigh from 1980-1984; King Department Store of Bristol, TN from 1981-1984; and Grey Stone Development Company of Boone and Blowing Rock, NC from 1984-2000. Earl was a member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church of Raleigh, where he was a member of the Cameron Class, serving as both Sunday school teacher and Sunday school Superintendent. Earl is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Doris Morgan Barnes; son, Ricky Lee Barnes; daughter, Amy Barnes Hambright and her husband, James; granddaughter, Morgan Hambright; and grandson, Benjamin Hambright. A funeral service will be held 11 am Monday, March 18, 2013 at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608. The family will receive friends 10-11 am prior to the service at the church. Entombment will follow the service at Floral Gardens Memorial Park Mausoleum in High Point, NC at 3:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to


  • Funeral Service Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Entombment Monday, March 18, 2013

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Loretta and Don Mershon

March 26, 2013

Don and I send all of you our sympathy. Earl was a friendly, kind-spirited neighbor and we will miss him. We especially remember him playing with his much-loved dog, Mahoney in the front yard. He knew we were Penney shoppers and always brought us Penney's savings coupons. Know that you are in our thoughts. We hope memories of happier times will sustain you in your loss.

Pam Alexander

March 22, 2013

Amy & Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. My mother worked at the North Hills Penney's during the 70's until her death in 1984 and she loved working there; they were her second family.

March 21, 2013

We were saddened to learn of Earl's death. He was quite a guy!
Our North Hills neighborhood has very few "old-timers" left.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
Nancy and Ron Coble

March 20, 2013

Doris, Amy and Rick,

I just read in the paper monday about Mr. Barnes...I did not see it until after the service or I would of attended. we all have many good memories of Boylan Pearce and HPKing and our times heart goes out to you mother passed away a year ago january at 92...daddy is still at home with 24 hour care (wheelchair, oxygen and catheter just turned 92) but good of spirit and mind..they were married 67 years ...a long time like you all... steve and I have been married 23 years and our daughter is a freshman in college at UNCC...thinking of you all
Blair Wall Smallman

Marianne Hutzler

March 18, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time! Mr Barnes was such a sweetie and I am so glad that I got to know him over the years when he came into the office.
Love to all of you,
Sarant Dentistry

Craig Calhoun

March 18, 2013

Dearest Barnes family, I was saddened to hear the news of Mr. Barnes passing but quickly came a flood of fond and cherished memories of you all. Rest assured that he touched many people especially me. He was a kind man who set a fine example for all to follow. I have tried to be like him in many ways. Please know that I think of you often and wish you the best in this tough time. He was and still is very special. Love, Craig

Ron Campbell

March 18, 2013

Mrs.Barnes I just found out about Mr.Barnes this morning and am sorry I did not know in time to attend services.He was one of my favorite managers of all that I worked for.He helped me a great deal with my career and I am so gratefull that I got to know him,he truly was a Penney great.Donna and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Ray Carroll

March 18, 2013

I also worked with Mr. Barnes while opening the North Hills Auto Store. He was a very fine man. So sorry for your lost.

March 18, 2013

Amy & Family,

My deepest sympathies go out to you during this most difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely.
Mike Braswell


March 18, 2013

I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Barnes.
Growing up, I always considered Mr. & Mrs. Barnes, Rick & Amy as my "other family". I have a lot of great memories!
David Timberlake