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JOHN JAMES BARNES

October 24, 1943 August 11, 2017
JOHN JAMES BARNES
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John James Barnes (known to most as Jimmy), was born on October 24, 1943. He joined the family headed by Cornelia (Sophie) Bishop and Wilson S. Barnes, Sr. as their 5th child.

Jimmy had a fall on August 9 that resulted in severe head and neck injuries. Subsequent to a brief hospitalization at the Prince George's Hospital Center with family at his bedside, he peacefully passed away on August 11. He will be laid to rest about 40 yards to the left of the grave and monument of his cousin and namesake, the late Reverend J. J. Barnes.

His entire 73 years were lived in Calvert County. He received his formal education in the public school system and graduated from W. S. Brooks High School in 1964.

Jimmy's former employers included Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Oliver Cox Farms, and Warren Denton Seafood.

From the cradle to the grave, he developed personality traits that would define him as a child, young adult and man. He was dependable, hardworking and honest in all things he set out to do.

He loved his family, the outdoors, walking, and a 'lucky" scratch-off ticket. He enjoyed a good debate, western movies, the Andy Griffith Show, and he was musically eclectic; enjoying a variety of music genres including Country. His favorite female vocalist was Miss. Gladys Knight (sorry Patti, Tina, and Whitney).

Jimmy's calm and quiet demeanor endeared him to many. His humility was probably his strongest asset gaining the respect and friendship of his adolescent neighbor (Derrick Mackall) who blessed him with a cushioned chair to use for his comfort as he waited daily for the local public transportation bus. Many "highway angels" (and you know who you are) would often offer him a ride. Some even altered their route to engage in the acts of kindness towards him.

Although Jimmy was a man of few words, one could almost anticipate certain responses:
"Fair" - when asked about his well being.
"See you" would indicate that he was about to depart from your company and be on his way.
"Is Donald Lee going?" - when he was trying to decide whether or not he would attend a social function.

For many years, he shared a home with his youngest sister Pam and he had his own way of letting her know that his wardrobe choices for clean clothing were limited. Never one to raise his voice, she would hear "wash them clothes if I put 'em out" and she knew that it was going to be laundry day.

He was preceded in death by his brother Hampton in 1948, his mother Sophie in 1969 and father Wilson in 1997. Left to treasure his memory: 1 aunt Beuna Weems; 4 brothers, Wilson Jr., Donald, Emory, and Avon; 5 sisters, Marie Parran, Margaret and Helen Barnes, Armatine Williams and Pamela Mackall; 3 sisters-in-law, Beatrice, Sharon and Teressa. Jimmy was well loved by 18 nephews, 12 nieces, countless great and great-great nephews and nieces and a host of other extended relatives and friends.

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Visitation

Thursday

17

Aug

6:00 PM 8/17/2017 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/17/2017 8:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Friday

18

Aug

10:00 AM 8/18/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States

Service

Friday

18

Aug

11:00 AM 8/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Friday

18

Aug

12:45 PM 8/18/2017 12:45:00 PM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States
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