Harley E. Barnes Jr.

April 17, 1929April 25, 2014

Harley E. Barnes Jr., 85, of Sikeston, died April 25, 2014, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born April 17, 1929, at River Ridge, Mo., to the late Harley E. and Fannie Ann Westerfield Barnes Sr., he served in the U.S. Navy from 1947-1952. During the Korean Conflict, he served in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Norton Sound, a guided missile cruiser, and was honorably discharged in 1952. A long time educator of 26 years, he retired from Sikeston Public Schools in 1994, where he had served as a teacher, coach and principal. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Sikeston. On January 20, 1952, in Sikeston, he married Vonda Naomi Foster, who survives of the home. Additional survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Mike Keefer of Sikeston; one son and daughter-in-law, Harley E. “Buddy” and Julie Barnes III of Plano, Tex; three granddaughters, two grandsons and two great grandsons. Also surviving are many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John C. Engram Sr. and Joseph A. Engram. Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. No services are scheduled at this time. Online condolences may be shared at: Memorial contributions may be made to: Missouri Delta Medical Center Foundation 1008 N. Main Sikeston, MO 63801 OR Charity of the donor’s choice.


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Joe Dunlap

January 18, 2015

Mr. Barnes was a very special person. Very few people have I ever had more respect for. Condolences to all the Barnes family and to all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Jeannette Mather Dennis

September 23, 2014

My condolences to the entire family, and prayers for peace.

Pamela & Steve Shell

April 29, 2014

Dear Vonda and Family. ..we are so very sorry for your loss. There were so many wonderful experiences working for Harley and Ernest in the first job I ever had...there couldn't have been two more perfect bosses for a young 20 year old who had never worked. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, he was a great guy who will be missed. May God comfort you all.

Ron Peek

April 29, 2014

Mr. Barnes hired me in 1971 to teach 8th grade math. Always quick with a smile, he was a friend much more than a boss. Thanks for all you did for me. You will be missed. Ron Peek

April 27, 2014

I worked under Mr. Barnes and loved him as a boss and friend. We are in Fla. with Mike's gravely ill brother, but we are thinking of your family.
Sandy Todt

Rhonda Brunston

April 26, 2014

Buddy, so sorry to hear this, Your dad was a great man!

Betty Cook

April 26, 2014

So sorry for your loss. May God's blessings be with all of the family.