POQUOSON - Annie Octavia "Teny" Barnes, 100, one of Poquoson's oldest citizens, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
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A lifelong resident of Poquoson, she was born Dec. 11, 1911, the daughter, and fourth of eight children, of William E. and Nina Wilson Bunting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard E. Barnes; four sisters, Irma Landrum, Alma Moore, Mamie Trout, and Julia Hopkins; and two brothers, Leslie E. Bunting and William E. Bunting Jr.
She is survived by her sons, Louis Nelson Barnes (Carol) of Jacksonville, Fla., Beverly W. Barnes (Lilly Virginia) of York County, and Robert Neal Barnes (Sandra) of Poquoson; a sister, Lenell Ironmonger of Poquoson; nine grandchildren, Kevin N. Barnes (Suzie), Thomas E. Barnes, Kimberly A. Stephenson (Peter), Tammy L. Hall (Todd), Cynthia A. Carter (James), Stephen W. Barnes (Becky), Bruce W. Barnes (Lisa), Jeffrey N. Barnes (Kelly), and Janet L. Daniels (Edward); 17 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Teny recently celebrated her 100th birthday, attended by well over 100 family members and friends. When she was but a small infant, one of her older sisters remarked how teeny she appeared. From that time on, she was referred to as "Teny." As a small child, she journeyed many Saturdays from Poquoson to Hampton by way of horse and cart. Leaving early in the morning and returning late at night, she said she always looked forward to the trip. During the Depression years, she and her husband drove weekends to Richmond, selling shucked oysters for one dollar a quart. They split the proceeds, five dollars for him and five dollars for her. Of the five dollars, she gave her mother one dollar for rent. She always said, "There was no money back then, but we always had plenty to eat."
Fiercely independent, Teny lived alone and drove her own car until she was in her nineties. When called upon to remember names of schoolmates and early childhood friends, her memory remained sharp, until the end. Throughout her life, she enjoyed good health, traveling throughout the country with her husband, family, and friends. Only in recent weeks, did her health begin to fail. A great mom, grandmother, and friend, she will be dearly missed by all.
She was a member of the Rebekahs #53 of the Independent Order of the Oddfellows; a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church; and also attended St. Timothy's Anglican Church.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., by the Rev. Paul Hubbard. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. At other times the family will be at her son, Robert's home in Poquoson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2099; or Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 831 Poquoson Ave.; or St. Timothy's Anglican Church, 4 Valmoore Dr., all in Poquoson, 23662.
Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com.
Special thanks to her "Steel Magnolias," Lois Newton, Josette Ellis, Kimberly Stephenson, Cindy Carter, Janet Daniels, and Kevin Barnes and Jeffrey Barnes. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Claytor Rollins Funeral Home
836 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662
Published in Daily Press from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2012