Dr. Grover W. Barnes Love, scholarship and giving are the words that best describe Dr. Grover W. Barnes. The third of four children born to Fred and Lura Barnes of Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Barnes was a devout husband, a loving father, and doting grandfather. He had a charismatic personality and caring manner which endeared him to his friends and family. These qualities would serve him well in his profession as a pediatrician. From an early age, Dr. Barnes excelled academically. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tougaloo College, a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Mississippi, and an M.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Barnes enjoyed campus life and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. It was during his undergraduate years at Tougaloo that he met Delores Johnson who became his wife of 43 years. They were blessed with two children, Alison and Gerald, and four beautiful grandchildren. Dr. Barnes was devoted to his family and enjoyed vacations and numerous family excursions. One of his favorite activities was chronicling family history through pictures. Dr. Barnes combined his love for children and serving others with careers in teaching and what became his life’s calling, medicine. As a pediatrician, he served generations of children with medical expertise and an abundance of love and caring. He was highly respected by his colleagues as a competent and reliable physician. His commitment to his profession was evident in his tireless efforts to make each of his patients feel special. He felt that every patient deserved his very best! Dr. Barnes also served his community in many other arenas. He had been an active member of Greenwood CME Church for many years. He was a Past President of the Bluff City Medical Society and had served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteer State Medical Society. He was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society, and numerous other health and community boards. Dr. Barnes’ contributions to the Memphis/ Shelby County medical community are unsurpassed. He will long be remembered as a loving and caring physician, an esteemed colleague, and a great humanitarian. His memory will forever be cherished by his loving wife, Delores, a daughter, Dr. Alison Barnes Baker (Corland) of Clarksville, Tennessee, one son, Gerald Barnes of Memphis, three grandsons, Caleb Cherry, Corland Baker, and Cody Baker, one granddaughter Cydney Baker, one sister, Carsella Greenfield (William) of Nashville, a mother-in-law, Lera Davidson of Houston, Mississippi, a sister-in-law, Twadie Williams (Alfonso) of Memphis, the family of Wilbur Thompson in Oxford, Mississippi and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be Friday, October 19 from 3-6 p.m., and a Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. at Greenwood CME Church. Services provided by R.S. Lewis and Sons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home (901)526-3264
Published by The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 17, 2012.