Rev. William L. Barnes

Nashville, Tennessee

Age 86


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Rev. William L (Bill) BarnesNashville, TNBill Barnes, minister and civil rights activist, lifelong advocate for social justice and affordable housing died Monday, August 21, 2017 at age 86. Survived by his wife of 37 years, Brenda Barnes; son Timothy Barnes (Virginia), daughters Amy Barnes and...

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To a great and wonderful person that the world a better place /shalom my friend till I see you in heaven /love always Bruce

To the Barnes family I didn't know Bill had passed but he truly was a friend of mine.He will be missed.t

To the Barnes family I didn't know Bill had passed but he truly was a friend of mine.He will be missed.t

He will be missed. A true blessing to our family. I am glad to have known a great person who understood simply being human. I had to read his book again--and there is one excerpt of my family(real names not used) but we knew exactly who he was speaking about. We love you Reverend Barnes. Thank you for being a people's pastor.

Rev. Bill Barnes was a true example of being God's hand extended in this earth realm. His light and love was evident and I thank him for being used in such a beautiful way to so many directly and indirectly. He now has his reward in eternity. May he rest in peace, power and Paradise. I pray God's blessings and peace to Bill Barnes family and all who was touched by his infinite acts of kindness. With much gratitude, I give honor and respect to a life well lived...and his light so shined.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

My entire fifty years of ministry has been built upon what I learned from Bill and the Edgehill Community. As a 1965 staff member at the church, we fashioned a friendship which has lasted through the years. What a vessel of grace!

Bill was a hero to the young pastors like myself who watched and listened as he stood tall for inclusion and justice and mercy in this city. His courage and integrity was an inspiration and I'm truly grateful to have known him.
We had an hour long conversation just a couple of weeks ago and he was as passionate as ever about those things he believed in. And his attentiveness to the person he was talking to was palpable--he was always very much "in the moment". I'll miss him....