Johnathan Jermaine Barnes

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ROCKINGHAM — Johnathan Jermaine Barnes, 37, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

Mr. Barnes was born Jan. 23, 1981 to Jacqueline and James Barnes of Rockingham.

He was a 1999 graduate of Richmond Senior High School, and attended North Carolina A&T State University for two years before transferring to Richmond Community College, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice.

Through the years, he worked for Polo Factory, Walmart, Smithfield Packaging Co., the U.S. Census Bureau and, until his health declined, Habitat for Humanity, Rockingham.

Mr. Barnes was a loving, caring person who never met a stranger, a man who would go out of his way to help others. He also was a natural comedian who kept friends and family laughing.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Idell Shearin Eldridge and Sidney Hilliard (Sally); paternal grandparents, Nina Bell Barnes and John Willie Brown; niece Kiara Bullock; and nephew, Sherman Bullock Jr.

He is survived by his parents; two daughters, Taygeonna Fletcher of Sumter, South Carolina, and Jonae McLaughlin of

Elizabethtown; three sons, Antavius Barnes of Winston Salem, JaQuan Johnson of Hamlet and Zion Barnes of the home; two sisters, Kaira Bullock of Fayetteville and Natasha Morton of Hampton, Virginia; three brothers, James Derrell Ellerbe of Fayetteville, Latonio Ellerbe (Bonita) of Fayetteville and Kenneth Ellerbe (Aisha) of Rockingham; one granddaughter, Bre'Annah Johnson of Sumter, South Carolina; his aunts and uncles, Sandra Horn of Newark, New Jersey, Gwendolyn Fay Davis of Columbia, South Carolina, Bennie Barnes (Annie) of Rockingham, Lonnie Barnes of Washington, D.C., Rudolph Barnes of Hampton, Virginia, Mary Brown-Barbee (Norman) of Raleigh, Annie Brown and Emma Grace Brown of Rockingham, and Felisha Ann Brown and Sharita Brown of Piscataway, New Jersey; and a niece who was more like a sister ,Cierra Barnes of Fayetteville.

He also leaves behind devoted friends and cousins Andre Streeter, Travis "Snap" Byers and Christopher Holiday of Rockingham; Nicole McLaughlin of Elizabethtown; Cookie Pullens of Rockingham; his Habitat for Humanity family; and his AAU basketball and Hamlet Middle School football team.

Public visitation will be 1-6 p.m. Friday, at Nelson Funeral Services, 1021 E. Washington St., Rockingham.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 1120 E Washington St., Rockingham.

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Nelson Funeral Services
1021 E Washington St
Rockingham, NC 28379
(910) 895-2345
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Published in Richmond County Daily Journal from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2018