Russell L. Barnes, 90, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Russell Leon Barnes was born June 12, 1927 in Lumberton to Annie Martha Carter Barnes and Norwood Ashley Barnes. Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Theta Mae “Sissy” Barnes Lamb.
Russell Barnes loved God, family, friends, his country and golf. And in that order. Mr. Barnes was an active member at Hickory Grove Baptist Church serving as a deacon.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Barnes lived in Mint Hill for 45 years and was a past president of the Mint Hill Lions Club and past board member of Lions Services. He was a lifetime member of the Penny’s coffee club. A 40-year career as a factory representative in the building supply industry allowed him to develop close business and personal relationships throughout the Piedmont. He retired from Binnings Building Products after 25 years of service. Russell loved to communicate and sell. His business card after retirement read: “Retired but still selling!!”
Mr. Barnes’ greatest joy was spending time with his family at Holden Beach and attending his grandsons’ sporting events. Many hours were spent watching football, baseball, soccer and tennis. Russell Barnes never met a stranger and enjoyed conversations with friends and acquaintances. He had a servant’s heart, which was demonstrated by his frequent delivery of North Carolina yams to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22 in The Historic Morehead Street Chapel at Ellington Funeral Services and a visitation with reception will follow.
Russell Barnes is survived by his devoted wife, Mildred Holt Barnes, to whom he was married 64 years; and his two daughters, Betty (John) Braxton and Robin Hardin. Additionally, he is survived by his grandsons, Scott (Annah Kaye) Hardin and Carter Braxton and his fiancé, Rebecca Blackburn. Granddaddy Barnes met his precious first great-grandchild and namesake Russell Brooks Hardin despite his failing health. This was a special and blessed day. Mr. Barnes is also survived by his brothers Mitchell (Grace) Barnes, Tommy (Annie Lee) Barnes and N.A. (Judy) Barnes. Numerous nieces, nephews and family have extended love and support throughout his final months.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church or Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Notes of encouragement and condolences may be made by visiting www.ellingtonfuneralservices.com.