Benny Blair "Ben" Barnes
March 7, 1935 - March 11, 2021
Benny Blair Barnes, "Ben," 86, passed away in Florence, AL on March 11, 2021. He was born in Gadsden, AL, on March 7, 1935, the son of Newton Eldridge Barnes, Jr., and Sarah Aileen Roach Barnes. He is survived by his wife, Elba Crowe Barnes; sister, Bonnie Ann Barnes Voit (Stan) of Sevierville, TN; son, Douglas Harris Barnes (Angela Kiskadden) of Madison, AL; three Barnes grandchildren, Isabelle Ann, Sam and Adeline Grace, all of Madison; stepdaughters Pamela Clark Hansard (Paul) of Tallahassee, FL, Christina Kathryn Clark of Orlando, FL; sister-in-law Edna Crowe Carroll (Chester) of Florence, AL and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Mary Grace ("Sissy") Barnes Matthews.
Pre-college days were enjoyed delivering The Gadsden Times on his paper route, playing baseball with the West Gadsden Lookouts, spending time at West Gadsden Fire Station and Twelfth Street Baptist Church, and being educated at Eleventh Street, Disque, and Gadsden High (Class of '52). Degrees were earned from API ('56), 'Bama ('62) and Auburn U. ('65).
He was employed as an engineer, manager and educator between 1956 and 2001 at Chance Vought Aircraft, the Savannah River Nuclear Weapons Facility, U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Computer Sciences Corporation, the University of Tennessee, Auburn University, California State University, Ben Barnes & Associates, the Alabama Supercomputer Network, and SilverTech Associates.
Keeping up with his grandchildren and following SEC Sports were two of his favorite pastimes. For the grands, he authored "Grandfather's Clock," and he contributed significantly to the book by the late Jimmy Smothers, "The Game: Some Call it the Iron Bowl.' Smothers dedicated the book to Ben.
A private interment service was held on March 13 at Greenview Memorial Cemetery, Florence, AL, led by Rev. Brandon Miles. A Celebration of Life Service for Ben will take place on Sunday, May 30, at 2 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 224 E. Mobile Street, Florence, AL 35630. Memorial donations may be made to Caringplace Adult Day Center, P.O. Box 207, Florence, AL 35631 or to the First Presbyterian Church of Florence, AL. A full obituary authored by Ben, with an addendum by Elba honoring Ben's care team, is available at greenviewmemorial.com
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Published by The Opelika-Auburn News on Apr. 18, 2021.