Pastor Larry E. Barnes
1939 - 2020
{ "" }
Share Larry's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Pastor Larry E. Barnes, 81, of Greensburg, a soldier of the cross, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Larry was born Sept. 6, 1939, in Clinton, S.C., son of the late Howard and Sybil Shumake Barnes, and was preceded in death by infant son, Erik Barnes. Larry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. Larry will be sadly missed by his loving family: his wife, Patricia Hudock Barnes, of Greensburg; brothers, Tony (Glenda) Barnes, Gary (Danita) Barnes and Danny Barnes, all of Camden, S.C.; his sons, Brett (Pam) Barnes, of Mt. Pleasant, and Christopher (Tina) Barnes, of Greensburg; and daughter, Erika (Jonathan) Held, of Cape Coral, Fla.; stepchildren, Eric (Keely) Starenchak and Lori Heckathorne, all of Youngwood; grandchildren, Jordan, Codie, Garrett, Abi, Nate and Urijah; and great-granddaughter, Ariel. Larry was a devoted pastor of Emmanuel Bible Church for 41 years and steadfastly led his congregation in the light of God's holy Word. Larry was a Vietnam veteran who received a Purple Heart while serving in the Army 173rd Airborne Division, taught martial arts for 54 years and enjoyed fishing, boating, woodwork and spending time with his family. Personalized arrangements under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, 724-887-5300, Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at Emmanuel Bible Church, Brinkerton Road, Greensburg. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to or" target="_new" rel="nofollow">

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Tribune Review from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2020.
Memorial service
07:00 PM
Funeral services provided by
Order by phone: (866) 764-7853
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME
Not sure what to say?
9 entries
December 4, 2020
larry was a wonderful teacher of Gods word I learned a lot from him my God keep him close to him.
Dorthy Mcbryar
November 28, 2020
Pastor Barnes has been in my life for almost 20 out of my 26 years on earth so he wasn’t just a Pastor to me, he was my family. Growing up without a dad I really looked up to him. He had and continues to have a special place in my heart that can never be replaced! I honestly wouldn’t be who I am today without his preaching and his life as an example. He meant so much to me and life without him feels impossible but I know that’s not what he would want. He would want us to pick up right where he left off and finish his legacy off strong until our time on earth is over. Our church is not just a church, it may just be a building but the people inside make up a family an together with God’s strength and guidance I know we’ll make it through! Over the past few years as his health wasn’t as it once was even as he sometimes struggled I always saw a strong soldier of God. I loved him with all my heart and and although we’re hurting down here I can only imagine how glorious his arrival to Heaven was. No more pain, no more sorrows of this world, I hope He got that cabin he wanted on those beautiful streets of gold! I think of him being able to run through the gates into Heaven, no more pain in his feet slowing him down and him running in to see the God that he’s unashamedly stood for for over 40 years, what a glorious sight! I will miss him for the rest of my life but I’m so beyond grateful to have known him and grown up under his powerful preaching and I’ll look forward to the day that the whole church family makes it home to be with Jesus because of the selflessness of one man who gave his all so that we could learn about God and know of his greatness! He may think he meant nothing but to so many he meant the world and he will NEVER be forgotten!
Stephanie Dugger
November 27, 2020
Who was Larry Barnes to me? He was my Pastor, my friend, and my brother in the Lord . A dedicated man of God who preached the truth without compromise. He taught us to stand on Gods word and was a great example of faith and strength. I miss him so much and my heart is broken....but i feel blessed to have known him and will keep the memories I have in my heart forever.
Gina Fisher
November 26, 2020
I'm not sure if God hears everything I pray, he has his hands overflowing with needs of so many lost, and confused people. If my words happen to fall through a crack of space, I whisper this; Father God, you took a masterpiece of a man home to you and along with him, a piece of every life he touched. Please be with everyone of them as they mourn such a huge loss. He loved all people, no conditions attached, giving more than he received, never wondering whether or not they were worthy. I was one of those people. He brought back lost hope. I had no fight left and he lifted us up in prayer and in his heart. This man had his steady roots merged with your heaven long before he arrived.
Through the broken breathes and aching in my heart I thank you, I thank you for creating a man that accepted me as I am, and that I very much looked up too and he will forever be remembered that way.
Hold his soul close, always. Amen

I have many memories that I will always hold close, some of my favorites were the looks exchanged between everyone when I placed simple kiss on his head as I stood behind him.
Or sitting in his father's living room when we went to visit family in South Carolina, the endless stories that were told. A lifetime of memories shared with me.
The smile in his eyes, that's what I'll carry with me, warm, smiling eyes.
November 26, 2020
Larry Barnes made the best mustard and vinegar based barbecue and hash this side of Heaven. And his coleslaw wasn’t bad either. He put just enough onion in it to give it some zip.

Larry served as a warrior for God and country. He could be counted on to charge forward into the fiercest battle or stand quietly in his wood shop to design and build a dollhouse for his granddaughter.
Mark Hoyer
November 26, 2020
As we mourn you here on earth, you are walking streets of gold rejoicing. The life you lived was like no other. You touched every life you met whether it be as pastor, teacher or friend. You were a tender and loving man who has accomplished amazing things. The best father and grandfather who loved us no matter our faults. You taught me to love, care and be proud of who I am. I love you Dad and though many times, you said you will be forgotten, you will not be.
Erika Barnes Held
November 26, 2020
Wonderful Man of God, who devoted his life to the ministry, loved his family with all of his heart. He was a man who was there for any and everyone who needed him. A true soldier of the Cross.
Linda Wood
November 26, 2020
A great man of the Lord who never compromised God's word and loved God with all of his heart. There are very few men like him left. It's been an honor and a privilege to call him my pastor and my father in law. He is surely missed, but we will meet again.
Tina Barnes
November 26, 2020
The pain and loss I feel is beyond unmeasurable. I lost my dad, my pastor, my counselor, and my best friend. You were our rock, our strength, as God used you to guide us through life. It was a privilege to have followed you, to have supported you as you were led by the Good Shepherd. You never compromised Gods Word, and lived a life blessed of God, obedient to His will. As I sat by you watching you pass, I was comforted in knowing that Gods Holy angels escorted you home. These words flooded my soul, “well done, thy good and faithful servant, well done!”
Christopher Barnes
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences