Wesley Evans Barnes Sr. of Trinity Oaks passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
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A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McGill Baptist Church in Concord officiated by Dr. Steven Ayers.
The family will receive friends 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will at 4 p.m. at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia with military honors by Gaston County Honor Guard.
An additional memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury.
Wesley was born April 1, 1926 in Greensboro to the late Harley Orville Barnes and Mattie Welker Barnes. He was also preceded in death by brothers, H.O. Barnes, Jr., Alton Barnes and Bill Barnes.
Wesley graduated from N.C. State with a degree in Textile Management and later served in the U S Army during World War II. He retired from Burlington Mills in Cramerton and Howe Distributors in Gastonia. His religious beliefs ran deep. He had at different times been a member of First Baptist Church in Cramerton, New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia and McGill Baptist Church in Concord. Wesley was a strong family man, enjoying woodworking and golf.
Wesley is survived by his wife, Frances Smith Barnes; sons, Ronald Barnes (Tanya) of Rockwell, NC and Wesley Barnes, Jr. (Diana) of Suffolk, VA; grandchildren, William Barnes (Cheryl) of Mt. Pleasant, NC and Rachel B. Smith (Brad) of Huntersville, NC; great-granddaughter, Madison Barnes; brothers, Ralph Barnes (Sandra) Greensboro, NC and Bob Barnes of Marietta, GA; sisters, Margaret Budd of Burlington, NC and Virginia Bennett of Colfax, NC; brothers-in-law, George Smith (Carol) of Gastonia, NC and Steve Smith (Pat) of Lake Wylie, SC.
Memorials may be made to McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Rd., Concord, NC 28027 or to the
On line condolences may be sent to www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.
Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord is handling services for the Barnes family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on May 17, 2013