Sara McMurry Barnes

February 6, 1928October 15, 2013

Sara McMurry Barnes, 85, died Tuesday, October 15 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Sara was born in Royston and was raised in Lavonia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1950, with a degree in Home Economics and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She worked at Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta in the early 1950’s and later moved to Milledgeville, where she lived for 49 years before moving to Statesboro in 2004. She loved her second home on Fripp Island, SC where she enjoyed the beach and fishing for over 18 years. After selling her home on Fripp Island, she recently purchased a second home on St. Simons Island that she loved and enjoyed decorating. Sara was a member of Statesboro First Presbyterian Church and was preceded in death by her parents, Winiford M. and Eleanor C. McMurry. Sara is survived by her husband of 62 years, William R. “Bill” Barnes, Statesboro; daughter, Beverly Barnes Johnson, Brooklet; son, William R. Barnes, Jr., Atlanta; brother and his wife, Robert M and Maxine McMurry, Lavonia; sister-in-law and her husband, Patricia B. and Lt. Col. Robert C. Hughes, US Air Force, Ret., Florida; niece, Nancy M. Watson, Atlanta; nephew, Russell McMurry, Braselton; grandchildren, Maggie Johnson, Statesboro; Ashley Barnes, Atlanta and Brett Johnson, Ohio; 1 great grandchild, Andy Johnson. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, October 17 in Hodges-Moore Funeral Home. Graveside funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, October 18 in Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville with the Reverend Dan Lewis officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Statesboro First Presbyterian Church, 1215 Fair Road, Statesboro, GA 30458 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P. O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


  • Graveside Funeral Service Friday, October 18, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Billy Blackwell

October 28, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs.Barnes.I just found out recently.Please accept my sympathy for your loss.

Billy Blackwell (Milledgeville,GA)

Jon Bryant

October 17, 2013

Miriam, I, and my entire family are saddened by this loss. Sarah was a fun and helpful person, always willing to share a good idea. We will miss her.

George & Hazel Kinzer

October 17, 2013

In spite of our long distance away here in Denver, we enjoyed our visits with Sara and our cousin Bill. Sara will be missed by all. Our sympathy goes out to the entire family.

William B Edmonds

October 17, 2013

Although we rarely saw Sara and Bill, we always enjoyed being together. Sara and I grew up in the northeast corner of Georgia and had several mutual acquaintances. Virginia and I send love and heartfelt sympathy to Bill, the children and grandchildren.

Myles Jones

October 17, 2013

To the Barnes family sorry for you loss. She is gone but not forgotten!