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Bro. Willie James Barnes
(February 12, 1947 - April 23, 2013)

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Bro. Willie James Barnes

Family Contact Info:
Barnes Residence
2307 Betty’s Drive
Albany, GA

Funeral Service:
11:00 am
Sat., April 27, 2013
Hines Memorial CME Church
408 North Madison Street
Albany, GA 31701
Rev. Kenneth D. McMillian, Officiating

Macedonia Church Cemetery
Parrott, GA

Albritten's Funeral Service--Dawson, GA
In Charge of Arrangements

Willie James Barnes’ journey with God began in Randolph County, GA on February 12, 1947; his journey continues and he transitioned in the morning of April 23, 2013.  The son of Mrs. Emma Barnes and the late James L. Barnes, he attended the Helen Gurr Elementary School and was a 1966 graduate of George Washington Carver High School, Dawson, GA.  He received certification as an electrician from Monroe Area Vocational Technical School, presently Albany Technical College, Albany, GA in 1968.


Willie James enjoyed the blessings of a childhood filled with the teachings of Jesus Christ.  As he grew, along with his brothers and sisters, he was nurtured with love, care, teaching and discipline by his parents.


As a child, he joined Jackson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Parrott, GA and served faithfully in the church and Sunday School.  After moving to Albany, his teaching and relationship with Jesus Christ continued to grow and he joined the New Jerusalem Baptist Church where he served as an usher.  His relationship with Jesus Christ continued to flourish and on November 18, 2007, he was received into full membership of the Hines Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and became active in the Ministry to Men’s Sunday Church School Class, in the ministry of the Trustees and was active on the Hospitality Ministry when needed.


After joining the Hines Memorial Church, his passion and love for people manifested itself even more as he labored in shopping, cooking and serving the homeless and the needy via the Sunday Morning Outreach Ministry.  His passion did not just refine itself to the kitchen but was evidenced in the warm and jovial relationships that he developed with those who came to breakfast – always making them feel home in an environment where they were not always comfortable.  His neighbors also knew, loved and appreciated this part of him.  He was constantly cooking, visiting, sharing, giving to his neighbors in the College Heights Community as well as to neighbors who extended into Dougherty and Terrell Counties.


He was employed by several electrical companies and was self-employed for many years.  He retired from Georgia Power, A Southern Company, Forest Park, GA after more than 25 years of service.  His membership in civic organizations included:  the NAACP; the James L. Barnes-CDC, Dawson, GA; President of the College Heights Community, Inc. and the Emerson Electrical Foundation, Inc. as one of the Founders.


He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Barnes and a sister, Lillian Barnes.


His legacy is and will continue to be cherished by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary Barnes; a son, Jeffery Todd (Jacqueline) Bragg, Keller, TX; a daughter, Marya Jameine Barnes, D.M.D., Atlanta, GA; a loving mother, Mrs. Emma Barnes, Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Lucy (Marchell) Boston, Covington, GA and Louise Gullatte, Atlanta, GA; four brothers, Marvin (Louise) Barnes, Albany, GA, Freddy Barnes, Stone Mountain, GA and Charles Barnes and William (Yvette) Barnes, Longview, TX.  Others who will cherish his legacy include three grandchildren: Raphael Kirby, Jr., Coral Gables, FL, Indiga Bragg, Atlanta, GA and Bryce Bragg, Albany, GA; one brother-in-law, Maxie (Nancy) Bragg, Palmetto, FL; twenty nieces and nephews, twenty-eight great nieces and nephews, three aunts and an uncle, a host of cousins, the College Heights Neighborhood Family, the Hines Memorial Church Family and many other friends and associates.


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