Walter Benjamin Barnes Jr.
February 22, 1948 – July 2, 2018
Walter Benjamin Barnes, Jr., 70 of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 2, 2018. Born in Bunkie, Louisiana to Walter Sr., and Melma Barnes on February 22,1948, Walter was married to Mary Jane Barnes for 38-years. Walter travelled extensively in his younger years, spending time all over the Southwestern United States, before setting out to find a career in Houston, Texas.
Recruited to Business Extension Bureau (BEB) in August of 1981 by Robert “Bob” Royall; Walter was known for his mechanical talent and extensive knowledge of the United States Postal Service rules and regulations. It’s been said that Walter could listen to the sound of a machine and know what was wrong with it; and his expertise with all things postal earned him the nick name “Mail Guru”. He was considered a Houston Postal Industry Leader and will be sorely missed by his staff, colleagues and many friends in the industry. Walter was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Bunkie Masonic Lodge #326, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Order of DeMolay. He was a recipient of the Chevalier, the highest honor for distinguished DeMolay service that can be awarded. Walter loved his family, enjoyed cooking and travel, loved his LSU Tigers, (especially Saturday nights at Tiger Stadium), and playing dominoes.
He is preceded in death by his father, Walter B. Barnes Sr. and Melma M. Barnes (mother), Gwyndolyn Rector (sister), Patricia Barnes (sister) and his beloved brother Donald W. Barnes (brother).
Left to cherish his memories are Mrs. Mary Jane Barnes (wife), Wally S. Barnes (son), Brenda K. Barnes (sister in-law), Margaret Ortiz, (sister in-law) (Mario), Antonia Guevara (sister in-law), Dr. Donnie Barnes (nephew), Benjy Barnes (nephew), Heather Gauthier (niece) (Larry), Laura Carter (niece) (Gary), Jessica Guevara (niece), Christopher Guevara (nephew) and Mark Timothy Rector (nephew). Special thanks to his BEB family for all the love they gave him over the years.
A vistitation for Walter will be held Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598. A rosary will occur Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM, 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598. A funeral service will occur Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM, 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598.
Serving as pallbearers are Scott Franklin, Dr. Donnie Barnes, Larry Gauthier, Benjy Barnes, Richard Hernandez, Gary Carter. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Wally S. Barnes, Mark T. Rector, John C. Guevara, Ron Royall , Mario Ortiz and Rick Vidock.
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
- Scott Franklin, Pallbearer
- Dr. Donnie Barnes, Pallbearer
- Larry Gauthier, Pallbearer
- Benjy Barnes, Pallbearer
- Richard Hernandez, Pallbearer
- Gary Carter, Pallbearer
- Wally S. Barnes, Honorary Pallbearer
- Mark T. Rector, Honorary Pallbearer
- John C. Guevara, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ron Royall , Honorary Pallbearer
- Mario Ortiz, Honorary Pallbearer
- Rick Vidock, Honorary Pallbearer
- Vistitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
- Rosary Thursday, July 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018
Walter Benjamin Barnes Jr.
July 16, 2018
Walter - I'll never forget you - we shared so many memories! Like the time I got all flustered because you called me "Bill's Girl". "Bill (Gay)'s girl is down here saying this this and this..." "I have a NAME you know!!" And all the times I'd need a work break and come and sit in your chair and ask you to tell me stories about Bunkie, and your parents and the stories of your life. Those are now woven into the tapestry of MY life and I'm forever grateful for the time we shared. Also, the ninety million times I tried to make biscuits until you finally told me what I was doing wrong. "Biscuits like to be close - don't twist when you cut them out!" And it's worked ever since. It was such a bittersweet time getting to see all the pictures of you when you were young, but you would have been happy with all the LSU gear EVERYWHERE. I tried for purple and gold flowers (Diane's idea). They came out lavender and yellow but I knew you knew what we meant. :) We'll miss you, Walt. We tried to think of all the things we'd need, and wouldn't you know it - none of it matters now; not a day goes by that I don't think - I need to call Walt, he knows this. I know Rachel does too. It used to tickle me how you called everyone "babe" - boy, girl, grown men and women... Well babe, the time to continue your journey has come but I know that we'll meet again. It's a promise I stand on. <3 All my love. ~angel~
July 5, 2018
Walter and I graduated from Bunkie High School 51 years ago. Walter could be very tough on the football field but off the field he was a kind and gentle person… and he was a good friend. My condolences to his family.
(Walter is no. 73 in the attached photo)
July 4, 2018
No matter where we are your spirit will be beside us. For I know that no matter what, you will always be with us. We will miss you dearly but we know you are no longer in pain. Love you
July 4, 2018
Walter was a good and dear friend and a brother in DeMolay in our early years in Bunkie. If I remember right, Walter had the paper route and threw early in the morning and maybe in the evening too. He was always an inspiration to me to work hard and be dependable in order to get ahead in life. I haven't thought about Walter in a hundred years, but now that I do I realize that all this time I've been a richer and better person for knowing him when it was important. RIP old friend.
July 2, 2018
Sincere condolences go out to the family. Please find comfort and hope in the guarantee that soon death will be no more (Rev. 21: 3, 4) and the exciting promise that those we have lost will be reunited with us again (Acts 24:15 & Psalms 37:29).