Barbara Ann Wallace Barnes, 78, left the earth to join her savior, Jesus Christ, on November 12, 2020 with her family by her side after a decades long battle with cancer. It would be incorrect to say that Barbara lost her battle to cancer because she never stopped fighting. Regardless of how sick she was, she was always determined and still overseeing the activities in her kitchen up until her last week on this earth. Through her we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. There was no quit in Barbara. She passed away as she lived; a determined lady who never gave up. Barbara is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roy R. Barnes Jr, sons R. Russell Barnes III & wife Patti of Riviera Beach, FL, Donald R. Barnes and wife Amanda of Tequesta, FL, four grandsons who she adored, Russ, Tommy, Brian and Eric & her Belarusian daughter, Ina P. Kyrk of Minsk, Belarus, brother, Bobby Wallace and wife Jackie, sister Evelyn Jenkins and husband Bob along with nieces and nephew. She was predeceased by her parents, Donald E. Wallace and Edna M. Wallace. Barbara lived a Christian life and was not afraid to openly profess her faith. She was a Sunday school teacher for youth, a Cub Scout master and did most anything else that needed to be done. Her spiritual gift was hospitality which she utilized to the max. She was an excellent cook, baker, and maker of ice cream. She enjoyed entertaining Roy’s Farm Bureau group, the church crowd, neighbors and friends, both in Battleboro and Lake Gaston, her ‘happy place.’ Her career was spent as an office manager for several corporations in the Rocky Mount area. The last 18 years, prior to her retirement in 2010, were devoted to being office manager of Davenport Motor Company (DAP). The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, flowers, food, phone calls, and all other forms of support during these last 3 ½ years. We would like to express our APPRECIATION to Dr. Doug Boyette, Sherri Alligood (BSRN), and all the staff at Nash Hospice Palliative Care who are angels on earth. Everyone there went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all of Barbara’s needs were met.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Nash Hospice Palliative Care at 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or the Youth Department of First Baptist Church at 200 South Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, November 28 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church at 200 South Church Street, Rocky Mount with visitation starting at 1:00. The service will be conducted by Reverend William (Bill) Grisham and Sr. Pastor Luke Lunceford. A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Davis-Little Funerals.