James Ray Barnes

April 2, 1923July 12, 2020

James Ray Barnes, 97, of Wilson passed away Sunday. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash St. N, Wilson, NC. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson, NC.

James was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy. He retired as a Highway Inspector with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and was a long-time member of Forest Hills Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Taylor Barnes; one niece, Frances Hosier; and one nephew, Robert K. Barnes and wife, Alice.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Blonnie Moore Barnes, and one brother, R.G. Barnes.

Flowers are welcome and memorials may be directed to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Rd., Wilson, NC 27896.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to


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