Bernice Whitehurst Barnes of Acton, Tennessee, died a faithful Christian on Sunday, November 16, 2008, in Corinth, at the age of 95. She was born April 29, 1913, in Corinth to Annie Myrtle (Brice) and Barnett Gibbs Whitehurst. She played girls’ basketball at Michie High School and graduated in 1931 as the solitarian. She married Eugene Barnes. They moved to Memphis, where she was a charter member of the Macon Road Church of Christ. After retiring from Anderson Clayton Cotton Exchange, Mrs. Barnes returned to Corinth and worked for the City’s Light, Gas, and Water Department.
Mrs. Barnes was an exceptional mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt, and a member of Foote Street Church of Christ. She was known for her charm, beauty, intelligence, quick wit, sports talk, good cooking, interior decorating, and love for family and friends.
Ms. Barnes is survived by her son and his wife, John Edward Barnes and Diane, of Alabaster, Alabama; her granddaughters, April (Barnes) Manning of New York City and Dawn Carr of Little Rock; her sister, Azalee (Whitehurst) Ambrose and her husband, Basil, of Acton; her sister-in-law, Thelma (Holmes) Whitehurst of Acton; and her brother-in-law Charles Ragland of Acton.
Mrs. Barnes leaves behind a host of nephews and nieces: Ray Whitehurst, Garland Whitehurst and his wife Georgia, Alice (Whitehurst) Moore, Gweneth (Ambrose) Smithers and her husband Martin, Sidney (Ambrose) Bentley and her husband David, Janet (Ambrose) Gelsinger and her husband Thomas, Harvey Ambrose and his wife Janet, Chuck Ragland and his wife Amy, Philip Ragland, Steven Ragland, Dennis Barnes, Jerry Barnes, Nancy Barnes, Suzanne Bonsignore, and many great grand-nephews and nieces. Among her dear friends, Ms. Barnes leaves behind Inez Helton, Nelda Parrish, Evelyn Claybourne, and Wanza Gray.
Mrs. Barnes was predeceased by her parents, husband, her brother Barnett Brice Whitehurst, her sister Janet (Whitehurst) Ragland, her nephew Clay Ragland, and two great nieces—Grace Ambrose and Annie Brittain.
Shackelford Funeral Directors were in charge. Malcolm George and Charles Curtis officiated at the services held Tuesday, November 18, 2009. Graveside services followed at Henry Cemetery in Corinth.