James F. Barnes


Services for James F. Barnes, 83, of Tyler will be 10 a.m. Friday at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. B.C. McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Memorial Park with Tyler Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Barnes was born March 18, 1929, in Jackson, Miss., to Ira F. and Cabbie Barnes and passed away on June 29, 2012, in Tyler.

Mr. Barnes graduated from Central High School, Jackson, Miss., in 1947, served four years in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952, and honorably discharged as a corporal. He received a bachelor's degree from Mississippi College in Clinton and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

He taught economics and government at Tyler Junior College for 54 years from 1955 to 2009.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Tyler, a deacon, sang in the Adult Choir, taught in the Adult 8 Men's Sunday School Class, sang with the Good Old Boys Men's Chorus, was a blood donor, a Boy Scout Leader, a long-time Precinct 16 Republican Chairman and Election Judge and an avid reader.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ruth Westling Barnes of Tyler; son, James F. Barnes Jr., of Tyler; daughter, Sylvia Wilkinson and husband Gerald of Tomball; daughter, Kay Barnes of Hewitt; son, John Barnes and wife Tracy of Chandler; granddaughter, Kelley Elam and husband James of Tyler; grandsons, Adam Wilkinson of Lubbock, Kevin Wilkinson of Austin and Brian Wilkinson of Tomball; great-granddaughter, Kensie Elam of Tyler. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Barbara Bouchelle and husband Larry; niece, Lynn Thompson and husband Evan; nephew, Lawrence Bouchelle II and wife Bernetta; nephew, Carl Leon Westling III and wife Jana; nephew, Michael Bouchelle and wife Demaris; nephew, Jeffery Bouchelle; nephew, William Willoughby and wife Alisa; nephew, Frank Willoughby and wife Leslie; and niece, Jeannie Carroll and husband Wade.

He was preceded in death by parents and a sister, Dorothy Willoughby.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Tyler Memorial Funeral Home Cemetery and Mausoleum
12053 State Highway 64 West
Tyler, TX 75704
(903) 597-1396
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 4, 2012