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Mr. Holiness Barnes, Sr.

July 24, 1927 ~ May 10, 2019 (age 91)
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On Friday, May 10, 2019, the Heavenly Father saw fit to call home one of his faithful servants, Mr. Holiness Barnes, Sr. Holiness was the epitome of the legacy builder and modeled  the way in his home, in his church, in the community, and in the lives of his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond. His name, his faith, his compassion, and his memory will be carried forward by generations to come.

Holiness began his legacy of service on July 24, 1927, when he was born into the union of the late Henry and Selottie Greenfield Barnes in Hinds County, Mississippi. He earthly life ended as the last surviving child of that union. Holiness accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior a an early age and became a member of the Society Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Pocahontas, Mississippi. After marrying, he moved to Jackson then relocated to Madison and united with Ridley Hill Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a member of the Deacon Board (including as Chairman for decades), Sunday School Teacher, President of the Baptist Training  Union (BTU), and attend Bible Study regularly until his health failed. He was a devout member and volunteered in any capacity needed to ensure the church would prevail and God's word reached the masses.

Holiness was united in holy matrimony to Anna Lee Rouser Barnes in 1946. He and Anna were blessed with twelve children and were married for 72 years. He was a kind, strong, insightful and helpful father and grandfather who was serious about his love of Christ and reared his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Interestingly, the breakout of his children, eight girls, and four boys would closely resemble that of his parents.

Holiness was an entrepreneur who loved the outdoors and working with his hands and could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. He enjoyed raising and breeding cattle, harvesting and bailing hay for himself and others until his health inhibited him. He received his education in the Hinds County Public School. He worked with the Jackson Stone Factory, Lamar Theatre, and Morco Food Industries from where he retired. Following retirement and in his seventies, Holiness's entrepreneurial spirit would not be silenced and he partnered with his wife, Anna, to begin a public service company known as Barnes & Barnes, Inc.

A resilient and hard-working person, Holiness often put the needs of others before his own. He had a passion for his community that translated into years of volunteer service to improve social and economic justice in Southwest Madison County. As a community leader and activist, he shares responsibility for bringing to Madison County: telephone service, water services, improved roads, and paved streets, fire protection and general enhancement of the quality of life, especially for persons who looked like him. Similarly, he was a poll worker and encouraged others to excise their right to vote. He was the recipient of numerous recognitions and accolades for his service in these areas.

"The Lord grant him that he may find mercy of the Lord in the day, and in how many things he ministered unto us quite well." 2 Timothy 1: 18

Visitation hours are set for Friday, May 17, 2019, from 12-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, Mississippi

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at  11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church located 852A Madison Ave, Madison, MS

Interment: Barnes Family Cemetery - Madison, MS

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