OBITUARY

William Alan Barnes

July 30, 1961November 7, 2020

William Alan Barnes peacefully went to be with his Savior while he slept early Sunday morning at his home. Alan was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1979. After graduating from Auburn University in 1983, Alan moved to Dallas, Texas where he later met the love of his life, Ginny Walker. They were married in 1987 and had three beautiful daughters.

Alan had three major passions: running, family and Jesus Christ. In the late 1990’s, Alan’s love for the outdoors led to the discovery of one of his passions, running. He traveled the country completing dozens of half marathons, marathons, and ultramarathons, as well as Ironman triathlons. His unflinching love and unashamed dedication to his Savior overflowed from his heart and propelled his passion for serving others. That love moved him to establish the Jackson chapter of Medals4Mettle charity in which Alan (and others) presented medals from their completed races and triathlons to local patients who were battling cancer, chronic illness and other life challenges to award the mettle and courage those patients were demonstrating.

However, Alan’s enthusiasm for running paled in comparison to his unconditional love for his family. Alan’s four “girls” were his greatest treasures and he reflected Christ’s love to them daily. He unselfishly provided for his family and ministered to them through acts of service. Alan’s legacy of wit, humor, and faithfulness continues through his children and four beloved grandchildren. He cherished them all and invested in their lives, fully understanding what precious heirlooms they are.

Alan’s selflessness was further evidenced by his passionate service as a deacon and as a member of the choir at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. In 2010, he was honored to serve as chairman of the deacons at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. Alan lived according to Matthew 22. He loved the Lord and loved his fellow man. His quiet strength and unending devotion truly made him worthy of emulation by anyone desiring to serve our God.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Dorothy Barnes. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ginny Walker Barnes; his daughters, Brett Lindsay Smith (Josh); Logan Barnes Barlow (Beck); Riley Barnes Jordan (Trevor); his sisters Lee Barnes Atherton (Robert) and Carol Barnes Cox (Randy) and his four grandchildren Beau Barlow, Emma Barlow, Ellie Smith and Alaina Smith.

Visitation will be from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Thursday, November 12th, at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland. The funeral service will be at 11:00am Friday, November 13th at Pinelake Church in Madison. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to -Hope House of Hospitality (monetary donations can be made to hopehouseofhospitality1985.org)-Camp Rainbow (checks can be made out to Camp Rainbow and mailed to Children’s Cancer Center Attn: Gina Beasley/Camp Rainbow 2500 North State Street Jackson, MS 39216) -Medal4Mettle (If you have completed a half marathon, marathon or triathlon and wish to donate your medal in honor of Alan, you can donate medals via medals4mettle.org or locally at Fleet Feet Jackson)

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Jeffrey Mohrlock

November 13, 2020

I’m am so sorry to hear about Alan. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed our conversations. Professionally, we always saw him as a partner in our success. He was an honest and honorable man. We will miss him, and our heartfelt condolences are with his loved ones. May he Rest In Peace. Jeffrey Mohrlock/ Southwest Gas Engineering/ Purchasing groups.

Steve Maul

November 11, 2020

I had the joy of working with Alan and Ginny many years ago, and even bought their house in Dallas when they were moving to Atlanta.

Alan's spirit lighted every room he entered, and with a mixture of humor and humanity, he enriched the lives of those he met. It's a sad day that he's passed, though I know he is with his Savior.

My heart reaches out to Ginny and their girls. I know they are grieving with this unexpected loss and join in their sorrow.

Steven Isenberg

November 11, 2020

Alan's compassion and kindness led to him starting a Medals4Mettle chapter locally. What he did for the M4M and his local community is well known by his family and friends. However, he wanted to do even more. He became the National Coordinator for Medals4Mettle, a volunteer job that required many hours of work and endless emails. He taught coordinators around the country how to build and grow their chapters, magnifying the good he was already doing locally. I ran with him at the 10th anniversary of M4M in Indy, and shared many emails and conversations with him. All of us at M4M are very sad, but also grateful that we had the opportunity to know this great man. Thank you for sharing him with us and all the people who benefited from his dedication, compassion and commitment to Medals4Mettle. The best way we can honor him is to carry on. Alan, I guarantee you we will. Steven F Isenberg MD, Founder of Medals4Mettle

Wanda Pitts

November 11, 2020

What a joy to have known this amazing man of God who gave of his heart and talents to encourage the ministry of Hope House of Hospitality. Alan Barnes, Ginny Barnes and their awesome team have presented hope, encouragement, empowerment and love to our guests since 2014 presenting them with Medals4Mettle as they finished their radiation/chemotherapy treatment plan. We watched everyone of our precious guests finish with a smile, a badge and certificate reminding them of their courage during a difficult time. Matthew 22:14 TPT is so fitting for our friend; "For everyone is invited to enter in, but few respond in excellence." Alan Barnes, our friend, you are the called and you responded in your earthly assignments with excellence. "Well done"

Wanda Pitts
Executive Director
Hope House of Hospitality

DARLA PAVLISH

November 11, 2020

Dear Ginny and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Alan. I have worked for years with him at Itron and no matter the circumstance, he was always wonderful and kind. He will be missed greatly! Alan and I have had many discussions about all of you and his face would just light up with pride when he talked about his family. I saw many pictures of your beautiful faces over the years. He was always a perfect gentleman and full of fun. I know one day we will all meet again in heaven, as it was very evident his love for Jesus and others. I'm sure he was greeted with "Well done, good and faithful servant!" Matthew 25. Again, my sincere condolences and prayers are with all of you.

Best Regards,
Darla Pavlish
Post Falls, ID

Nick Miller

November 11, 2020

Alan,

I am truly grateful for the friendship and the opportunities to work together as well. There aren’t very men in the world like you and I want you to know that I appreciate it and I don’t take it lightly. Fun times and jokes aside... It’s made a difference in my life and it is appreciated. You have shown that a man can share his beliefs, love his family endlessly, and live a life that is worthwhile. I will truly miss our phone calls, texts, and our bond. Thank you. (Hugs and all that stuff that men don’t do enough are included😜).

Love you man!

-Nick

P.S. I’ll head to Top Golf sometime soon and shank one for you :)

Salaheldeen Hassan

November 11, 2020

Sorry for your loss.

Alton Irwin

November 11, 2020

I knew Alan from my days at Auburn and will always remember his love for the Lord, his kind heart, and his humor. There are things he said and did that still bring a laugh when I remember them. You can measure the character of a man by how you feel when you are around him. Alan was “life-giving” and my life is richer for having known him. Praying for his beautiful family as they grieve their loss of this wonderful man.

Shamcy Alghazzy

November 11, 2020

I worked with Alan for about two and a half years back in the mid 2000s and even though we lost touch when I left Mississippi in 2008, I was devastated when I learned of his passing. He was one of the kindest and most gentle people I have ever met. My condolences to his beautiful family.
Rest in peace my friend.

Melissa Brown Gilliland

November 10, 2020

I am devastated to hear the news of Alan’s passing so young and unexpectedly. He was simply a beautiful human being and his goodness radiated from him. My thoughts are with his family, Lee and Carol. Sending love and prayers. Thinking of you all. Melissa Brown Gilliland

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