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David Thomas Barnes

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Posted on: 11.20.2017 at 02:15 p.m.

David Thomas Barnes, 88, husband of Annie White Barnes, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. He was born Sept. 7, 1929 in Lumberton, to the late Norwood Ashley and Annie Martha Carter Barnes. He was preceded in death by his sister, Theta Mae “Sissy” Barnes Lamb; one brother, Russell Barnes; and one son, David T. Barnes Jr.
He retired from Sherwin-Williams where he was store manager in both Whiteville, N.C. and Spartanburg, S.C. David was a long-time member of Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, where he severed as deacon and in many other ways. In addition, David was a member of the Lions Club for more than 50 years in both Whiteville and Spartanburg, serving as president and in other areas. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, for dedicated humanitarian services in 1997. David also enjoyed volunteering with Mobile Meals, playing golf, wood crafting and working in his yard, which led him to complete a Master Gardener program. He loved God, his church, family and neighbors and was always there to offer his support without hesitation.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, David is survived by one son, Robert Barnes (Patti); two brothers, Mitchell Barnes (Grace), N.A. Barnes (Judy); a daughter-in-law, Paula Gately Barnes; three granddaughters, Lindsay Meyers (Johnathan), Christal Gordon (Shannon), Emily Gately; one grandson, Jason Kykendall; four great-granddaughters, Ashely, Caroline and Charlotte Meyers, Lyric Gordon; numerous nieces, nephews and family along with his caring angel Sophy Lam, who extended love and support throughout his final months.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. in the sanctuary at Southside Baptist Church. A visitation with reception will immediately follow the service. Interment will be at Lake Waccamaw Hillcrest Cemetery at a later date. Dunbar Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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