JOHN (J.T.) BARNES1922-2008
John (J.T.) Barnes, age 86, of Pace, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He was born February 22, 1922 in Cora, FL and lived there until his family moved to Chumuckla when John was 6 years old. John started the first and graduated from the 12th grade at Chumuckla High School being in the first class to graduate. John entered the U.S. Army shortly after completing high school. He was in the U.S. Army Calvary serving in WWII in the European Theatre where he was injured and received the Purple Heart along with other combat medals. After being discharged, he entered the University of Florida where he received his BA and MA degrees. After graduation he taught at Escambia Farms High School until he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist until his retirement. He later worked as a Veterans Services Officer for Santa Rosa County and retired a second time after several years of service. John belonged to many organizations including the Kawanis, American Legion, V.F.W, and the Navy League. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben & Mattie Barnes; sisters, Clara Lloyd (Roma), Onie Wall (Ervin), and Eva Harter (Joe); brothers, Vernie (Son) Barnes (Evelyn), Watson Barnes and Billy Barnes. Survivors include his sister, Wara Voss (Bill); sisters-in-law, Lessie Barnes and Barbara Barnes; many nieces, nephews and a very special friend Al Dofita and family. Memorial services will be conducted Friday, April 18, 2008 at 6 PM from the Chapel of National Cremation and Burial Society in Milton with Rev. John F. Webb officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, April 18 from 5 until 6 PM. In accordance with John's wishes his body will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.National Cremation and Burial Society of Milton has charge of the arrangements.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 4/18/2008.