Seaton Barnes

Family-Placed Death Notice

BARNES, Seaton Mr. Seaton Grantland Barnes had a long, full life and died at his home on October 2, 2008 at age 95. He was born in Atlanta, GA on August 2, 1913 to Leila Giliam Grantland and Henry Wilbur Barnes. He attended Sam Bailey School in Griffin and went to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA where his love of sports had many outlets and he made many of his dearest life-long friends. After graduating in 1932 he went to Princeton University where he was a member of Cap and Gown and graduated in 1936 as an Economics Major. At the outbreak of WWII Grantland Barnes enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served among other places, in the Aleutian Islands leaving with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He met his future wife, Lieutenant J.G. Hope Kathryn Johnson of Fairmont, MN while in Washington and they were married on December 30, 1945. Returning to his hometown of Griffin, Grantland Barnes established a ready mixed concrete business, farmed land his family owned, developed real estate, and participated faithfully in the life of his community. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Griffin Historical Society and the Griffin Country Club. He was also a member of the Griffin Rotary Club and served as Junior and Senior Warden of the church his family helped build, St. George's Episcopal Church. In 1997 he married Bettie Lee Clouse. Grantland Barnes had no indoor hobbies and spent as much time as possible bird hunting, mowing fields on a tractor and playing golf (even once with Bobby Jones). He was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club and Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands, N.C. He loved birds and passed his great knowledge of them on to his greatest passion, his two daughters and five grandchildren. Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Nathan VanMeter Hendricks, III and her husband and two children, Nathan VanMeter Hendricks, IV and Seaton Grantland Hendricks and Mrs. Edward Hamilton Inman, II and her husband and three children, Samuel Walker Inman, Susanne Grantland Inman and Emily Caroline MacDougald Inman; sister, Mrs. John Henry Cheatham and her family; brother & sister-in-law, Captain and Mrs. John Roland Johnson, USN (Ret.) and their children, and his housekeeper of forty years, Mrs. Virginia Sims. The family requests that no flowers be sent, but those wishing to honor his memory could make contributions to the Bailey-Tebault House/Griffin Historical Society, 633 Meriwether St., Griffin, GA 30223, Episcopal High School, 1200 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302, Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry or Hope Health Clinic c/o St. George's Episcopal Church, 132 N. 10th St., Griffin, GA 30223. Funeral services for Mr. Seaton Grantland Barnes will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. George's Episcopal Church. Rev. Nancy Shephard will officiate. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the family on Monday, October 6, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the residence, 530 East College Street, Griffin, Ga. To pay condolences online to the family, please do so at Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Rd. Griffin, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

Haisten McCullough Funeral Home
1155 Everee Inn Road Griffin, GA 30224
(770) 229-4994

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 5, 2008