Butch Barnes

March 8, 1950June 27, 2019

Butch Barnes, 69, of Mountainburg, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019 at his home. He was born March 8, 1950 in Fayetteville to the late Lowell and Betty Barnes. He was a cattleman, worked in real estate, attended Mountainburg First Assembly of God, and served as a Justice of the Peace for the Crawford County Quorum Court.

He is survived by two daughters, Casey Jo Bailey of Alma, and Bailey Barnes of Grand Junction, CO; two sons, Nick Barnes of Grand Junction, CO, and Keagan Barnes of Alma; and six grandchildren.

Family hosted celebration of life will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Mountainburg First Assembly of God. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountainburg First Assembly of God at P.O. Box 22, Mountainburg, AR 72946.


  • Family-Hosted Celebration Of Life Wednesday, July 3, 2019


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Jon Atwell

July 2, 2019

Butch was a very giving person if he seen you were in need. He would not hesitate to help. He had a big heart. And loved life. I worked for him. For many years and where best friends.

Marsha Holthusen

July 2, 2019

I didn’t know Butch very well, but the little I knew, I loved. I remember going to a fundraiser pie auction with my mom in Mountainburg, we had bid on this Chocolate pie and were outbid several times, which eventually sold for an insane amount of money. Butch was the highest bidder and won the pie. After the auction, he walked over to my mom and I and gave us the pie. That memory always stayed with me when I would see him. I thought that was such a nice gesture and more so, he was helping his friend. I am saddened to hear of his passing and praying for his family and close friends.

Pat Hoen

July 2, 2019

Butch has been so giving to our senior Center in Mountainburg, I'll missed him he use to seat by Shiley Rosser , Wanda Owen, & I at the senior center . Butch , we will be missed you. go R.i .P. friend. Praying for the family. Thank you God for our friend Butch Barnes.

Becky Whitney

July 2, 2019

Butch...there will never be another like him.
Way back when we were teens I found a baby raccoon , eyes still shut.
My friends Teresa Fears and Kathy Bodine and I went back to check for more babies because the momma coon had been killed.
Teresa brought Butch . We found the tree where the nest was and Butch climbed that huge old sycamore tree and brought down another baby coon. For his trouble helping 3 young girls rescue a baby coon, he got a HORRIBLE case of poison ivy.

To me, this is Butch. He has a heart of gold. Willing to go the extreme to help. He was a very special man.

My prayers are with all friends and family.

Faye Reinschmiedt

July 2, 2019

Always thought alot of Butch will miss him. There isn't enough room to write all I could of all the memories. My condolences to his children. My prayers are with you all. Love to all. Faye.

Bob Kerr

July 2, 2019

Butch and I go back many, many years. We were business partners in the Roland Oklahoma, Stables Club. We were close friends from the mid '70's until the early 2000's when I moved to Texas. We shared many adventures, experiences and friends. The summer's spent living and partying at Lake Tenkiller hold very fond memories. Friends and acquaintances enjoyed unending hours on horseback guided by Butch, riding near and around Lake Ft, Smith in northwest Arkansas. . Butch was a man who answered to no one. He was the epitome of a "Free Spirit". He will be greatly missed by many. May God bless your soul and allow you to rest in peace in the loving arms of your savior.

Lee Young

July 2, 2019

I’ve known Butch since first grade. Even though we would go long stretches of time without seeing each other, we would pick up right where we had left off. We had some good times and he could literally make me laugh until I hurt. When he told some of his stories, I would have known they weren’t entirely true if anyone else was doing the talking. But with Butch, I knew that every word might be ‘just the way it happened!’ We did business together years ago, “played” together some and shared LOTS of childhood memories. RIP, buddy. You were one of a kind. I’m glad you were my friend. My prayers are with the family and those who loved him.

April Wells

July 1, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Butch’s children! Butch was an amazing guy! He came to me at my Dad’s service and told me how much he had helped Butch by believing in him & encouraging him! He made my pain a little lighter! Butch was always kind & a gentleman! I respected his work ethic & his go- getter attitude! He will be greatly missed! God bless!

Jaunita Noble

July 1, 2019

Butch was a special class mate at cedarville school. He was my 4th grade sweetheart, I was so concerned about him, he had went to our homect class where you could buy luden cough drops for 10 cents a box. He bought 10 boxes, ate all of them. So for a 9 yr old girl I didnt think he would be back to school the next day. I was so thankful when he got off the school bus the next morning.
He will be loved and missed by so many of the class of Cedarville 1968.
We love you Butch

Max Connor

July 1, 2019

Sad to hear of your passing, old friend. Had many a good time and wise word with you over the years. There weren’t many men like you. Go rest high on that mountain. I’ll never forget the times we had together. So long Cowboy!