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Ernest James "Jim" Barnard

Ernest James "Jim" Barnard Obituary
Ernest James "Jim" Barnard

Ernest "Jim" Barnard went to be with Jesus on Wednesday October 23, 2019, after a short battle with an aggressive cancer and complications due to infection.

He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Wanda Roseburgh Barnard, and son Michael, 40.

Jim leaves behind his loving daughter Wendy Barnard Griner, 44, and his grandchildren whom he adored more than anything, Brooke Nootens, 14, Logan Griner, 8, and Chloe Griner, 5, all of St. Johns, FL; as well as a brother, sisters, and many extended family members.

He was raised in Johnson City, TN, and went to ETSU University High School. An honors graduate of UT he was President of SAE Fraternity. He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and served overseas in Hamburg, Germany.

Jim spent most of his career working for Leon County School Board as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist. Jim will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, whose lives he impacted over the years. He was known for his giant smile, long conversations, and a heart for service. This was especially evident in his career working with young eleventh and twelve graders from the surrounding high schools. He also served on the board of directors for the YMCA, as well as Epiphany Lutheran Church Council and Elders Board.

A celebration of Jim's life and faith with reception to follow will be held Saturday November 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 8300 Deerlake Rd, 32312. Flowers or contributions may be sent directly to the church and coordinated by calling Cindy Haffner 850-385-7373.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, 2019
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