Samuel M. Barnes

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 3, 2007

FRANKLIN— Samuel Moody “Sam” Barnes, 85, died Feb. 21, 2007, at the Village at Woods Edge.

He was born March 25, 1921, in Newsoms and was a son of the late Solomon and Mary Ivey Barnes.

Mr. Barnes graduated from Newsoms High School in 1940 and was employed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a sheet metal worker from 1941 until retirement in 1973.

In 1980, he returned to the shipyard as a technical advisor and worked another 21 years until he was 80. Sam served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was on active duty in New Orleans and Sasebo, Japan during the occupation.

He was a member of Holy Neck United Christian Church for more than 50 years, taught Sunday school and served on the Board of Deacons.

He was also a member of the Ruritan Club and Sons of the Confederacy.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Novella Hodges Barnes; four daughters, Mary Ann Kimball and husband David of Chapel Hill, N.C., Winnie Robinson and husband Paul of Southern Shores, N.C., Sylvia Bilby and husband Larry of Suffolk and Debbie Story and husband Ken of Franklin; three sons, Samuel Barnes and wife Lydia of Fairbanks, Alaska, Howard Barnes of Suffolk and Bob Barnes and wife Karen of Mozambique, East Africa; one sister, Elsie Hilliard; one brother, James Barnes; 15 grandchildren, Dean Barnes, Jon Kimball, Julie Ellis, Paula Robinson, Buffy Moran, Brian Barnes, Jessica Bond, Katie Barnes, Kelly Barnes, Sean Bilby, Shelley Young, Stephanie Duke, Dana Story, Isaac Barnes and Samuel Barnes; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Feb. 24 in Holy Neck Christian Church with the Rev. Dolan A. Talbert officiating. Burial, with military honors, followed in the church cemetery. The family will received friends at the home of Debbie and Ken Story, 405 Fairview Drive.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Holy Neck Christian Church, 4400 Holy Neck Road, Suffolk, VA 23437 or the Salvation Army, 203 W. 19th St., Norfolk, VA 23517.

Wright Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.