Jerry Francis Barnes
Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD

The Honorable Jerry Francis Barnes, 66, of Hampstead, Maryland died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Carroll Hospital Center. Born October 9, 1948, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Mary R. Byers Barnes. He was the devoted husband of Florence J. Barnes and loving step father of Jenna B. Wilmot and husband, Chris, of Cockeysville. He is also survived by his Aunt, Sandra Cook, cousins, Gregory Hutsell, Jeffrey Hutsell and Jennifer Freeman, all of Westminster. Mr. Barnes graduated from Westminster High School in 1966, and after working a short period at Bendix Field Engineering, he was drafted into the US Army in 1968. In 1969, he qualified as a Green Beret, after which he served in Vietnam as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). After receiving two Bronze Stars (one for "Heroism in Ground Combat"), the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), and being Honorably discharged in 1971, he attended and graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School. He was thereafter a career prosecutor serving both with Frederick County State's Attorney's Office and Carroll County State's Attorney's Office. He was distinguished as Chief Narcotic's Prosecutor for Frederick County from 1991 through 1994. From 1995 until present, Mr. Barnes served as the elected State's Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland. Since becoming a prosecutor in 1978, Mr. Barnes personally prosecuted thousands of criminal cases. He also oversaw a busy office comprised of 54 staff members - all responsible for successfully prosecuting criminal, juvenile and traffic cases in Carroll County's three courts. Mr. Barnes devoted his entire working career to helping his community. Over the decades, he helped others both professionally and personally, many times when they did not even know it. Among some of his initiatives, he spearheaded and implemented the Heroin Action Coalition and established a position specifically designated to prosecute Domestic Violence cases. Mr. Barnes was a specialist in drug enforcement serving as Chief Narcotics Prosecutor and actively prosecuting numerous drug distribution and other serious drug felony and misdemeanor charges. He attended and graduated from the Drug Enforcement Administration Agent's Course and the Maryland State Police Undercover Drug Course. He was sworn in as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland to prosecute drug cases. Throughout his legal career, he received a multitude of awards for his hard work, leadership and dedication to the citizens of Carroll County and the State of Maryland. Highlights of the numerous awards and accolades he received include but are not limited to the following: U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, Certificate of Recognition- In recognition of "Exemplary Performance, Initiative and Commitment in Fostering and Preserving Public Safety Within the District of Maryland" (1999); Named Chief Narcotics Prosecutor; U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation, 1994; Maryland Troopers Association Lodge #20 Endorsement; Carroll County, Maryland Marine Cadet Corps Commander Award; Maryland State Fire Marshall, Certificate of Appreciation for "Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to Protecting the Citizens of Carroll County"; U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office, Certification of Recognition for the Reality Program; Maryland State Police - Certificate of Appreciation; Attorney General's Family Violence Council, Domestic Violence Unit, Certificate of Merit; The Westminster Lions Club- Outstanding Leadership Award; Carroll County Health Department Recognition Award; Governor's Certificate of Merit- Crime Prevention; United States' Senators Award of Excellence- Service to Seniors; The United States Committee for Celebration of the United States Nations International Year of Older Persons; Maryland House of Delegates, House Resolution Award- Cell Phones for Seniors; Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), for Outstanding Service; US Attorney's Office, for Outstanding Service; United Nations, for Outstanding Service (Senior "911" Cell Phones); US Senate, for Outstanding Service (Drug Awareness Programs); Governor's Office, for Outstanding Service (Victim Witness Services); Maryland State Police, Superintendent's Recognition for Specific Prosecution's/Efforts; Maryland State Police, Superintendent's Recognition for Superior Drug Enforcement Accomplishments; Victim/Witness Associations, for Superior Victim/Witness Efforts; Frederick County Narcotics Task Force, for Superior Service in Drug Enforcement; Maryland State Fire Marshal, for Superior Successful Arson Prosecutions; Maryland State Trooper's Association, for Working on Cpl. Ted Wolf's Homicide Case; Reality Program, for Maryland's Most Productive Reality Program; and National History Honor Society (Phi Alpha Theta) The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-8 pm at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 1pm at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster , with Chaplain Pat Geyer, officiating. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Misfits Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 75, Finksburg, MD 21048-0075. Online condolences may be offered at

Published by Carroll County Times on Dec. 2, 2014.
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Jerry was a great guy I thought the world of him
Tony Catania
November 26, 2019
Such a Wonderful, Gracious and HUMBLE man. It was such a pleaseure to know you professionaly And personally. You will be missed. Rest in peace Jerry.
Dale Baker
December 17, 2014
Please accept my deepest sympathy. May your Treasured Memories shine through your sorrow. May Almighty God's Promises give you Comfort and Hope during this difficult time. (John 5:25-29; Lu 23:43 & Ps 37:9-11,29)
December 8, 2014
I first met Jerry sitting on the bench outside the Manchester PO.He was in a suit and tie ,i was in shorts and my Navy veterans hat on.Game on,we probably talked for half an hour.I didn't know who he was,not being back here that long.Holly cow i'm talking to "The Man", A Brother In Arms.When the Flag Pole got Tangled up at the PO, Jerry to the call of Duty! He was always available to help with any issue,Where were we in his time of need? Only the Big Boss will Know.God speed My Brother."Semperfi"
December 6, 2014
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing, he was our former neighbor and worked so hard for the citizens of our county. Our condolences to his friends and family.
Bonnie Anderson
December 5, 2014
Our hearts go out to the family at this time. We are so proud of Jerry and will miss him greatly But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
Don Frazier
December 5, 2014
Jerry meant the world to my family. I will never forget when Jerry and Floss came to visit my Mom in the hospital (several times) when she was diagnosed with cancer...and then was a pallbearer. He was a friend for over 30 yrs. I will greatly miss him. God bless.
David Cashman
December 5, 2014
We will miss you
December 4, 2014
Prayers for his family he will be so truly missed he was a great person and great friend and always helped when u needed him anyone who had the privledge to get to know him knows he was great and cared about people and his community I'm so glad I got the privledge to call him my friend rest easy Jerry
brandy ketterman
December 4, 2014
I pray for God's peace to comfort Flossie and Jerry's entire family during this time of grief.

Delmas (Woodie) Wood
December 4, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jerry. He was a great man and a wonderful boss. I'm fortunate to have been able to know him and see the soft side of him that the general public did not see. He cared deeply for his staff, his family, his friends and the County he served so well. We'll miss you Jerry. May you rest in peace.
Donna Thompson
December 4, 2014
Jerry you will be missed
Anthony Catania
December 3, 2014
Jerry was great comfort to my family when my sister-in-law Helga Nicholls was murdered in 2002. We are deeply saddened at the loss of a great man. May you rest in the loving palm of the Lord's hand Jerry. My sympathy to his family and friends.
JoAnn Nicholls
December 3, 2014
Thank you,good and faithful servant. - Rev. Gene Edwards
December 3, 2014
It was with great sadness to learn of Jerry's passing. May your memories help to comfort you in days to come. My thoughts are with family and friends.
Becky Haines
December 3, 2014
RIP Jerry. Thank you for your generosity after hurricane Isabella came through Maryland and for allowing us to run an extension cord to your house to power our refrigerator for almost an entire week. Your presence will be missed in Carroll County.
Sherian George
December 3, 2014
What a great loss for the community and his family. Thank you, Jerry, for your service to the community and your country. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Sallie Hemp
December 3, 2014
My sincere deepest sympathies. Not only did we lose a genuinely honorable man but the community has lost a great leader, too. I will miss him.
Terry Berger
December 3, 2014
My deepest sympathy to his family...
Robin Mede-Butt
December 2, 2014
a nice guy ,knrw him since kids ,spent many summers together at frocks pool little league ect, he will be miised,,,,,,,,,,,,Ron Murray
December 2, 2014
I judged this man by the professionalism and effectiveness of the Carroll County State's Attorney office. My interactions with that group have always been positive. Jerry Barnes was the leading edge regarding domestic violence prevention and prosecution.

He will be missed.

My sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Jim Henry
December 2, 2014
Thank you for all you did early in my career. With all the good that you have done, I'm sure God welcomes you with open arms. My deepest sympathy to Jerry's Family.
Bob Althoff
December 2, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Jerry fought the good fight his entire life. He will be missed but his memory and deeds will live on in everyone's hearts and minds. Keeping all of his family in my prayers.
Frank Moran Jr
December 2, 2014
A fine man !
Stuart Weinstein
December 2, 2014
A terrible loss. He was a very caring person. It was a privilege that we crossed paths many years ago when he was a Green Beret. I knew then he was a very special person. He will be missed by all. My heart goes out to everyone he touched.
Brenda Honeycutt Kelly
December 2, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Linda Landow
December 2, 2014
With my deepest sympathy for the family of Jerry Barnes. I worked with Jerry at the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office. What a pleasure it was to work with a much talented man!! I will cherish the memories! He was a good friend, so, so sad!
Patty Long-Young
Patty Long-Young
December 2, 2014
Our deepest sympathy. Jerry was a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him. May he now find peace. Cherrie and Brett Fleagle
December 2, 2014
Jerry personified the ideal public servant and a role model to all who have the honor and privilege of serving as prosecutors and public leaders. He was a fiercely loyal friend to those who were blessed to be close to him. I remember, with great fondness, the more than 10 years of chats in his office, hundreds of lunches at Harry's where he often "held Court", and after day's end, when prosecutors would unwind from the stresses of the day. I also remember the exhilaration on joining him on a few drug raids, with the Task Force. He had no equal. I know he will be missed tremendously by his family, friends, professional peers, and the community at large.
Geoff Black
December 2, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Will love you and miss you always.
You were a great person, friend and State's Attorney who did wonderful things for Carroll County and many people. You will always be remembered.
Cindy Myerly
December 2, 2014
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our dear friend. Rest in Peace Jerry.
Gary & Maryanne Cofflin
December 2, 2014
What a sad loss. He will always be remembered for his hard work.
Jay Block
December 2, 2014
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