Joe Bailey Barnes, husband, father, grandfather and friend, was born March 3, 1928 in Trinity County, Texas to Bert and Blanche (Fitzgerald) Barnes. He passed from this life on Thursday, April 17, 2008. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Hilda Jean Barnes, parents- Bert and Blanche Barnes, brother and sister-in-law-Charlie and Florene Barnes, brother-Bill Barnes, sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Kenneth Ells, sister and brother-in-law, Bitsy and Curtis McGee, sister and brother-in-law-Louise and Walter Cooksey. He is survived by his wife, Liz Barnes, son and daughter-in-law- Mike and Barbara Barnes, son and daughter-in-law- Don and Pam Barnes, daughter-Cynthia Barnes. Grandchildren-Harley Barnes, Jeremy Barnes, Dustin Barnes and Lindsay Barnes. Sister-in-law-Hester Barnes, brother-in-law-Gayle Mitchell, sister-in-law-MaryAnn Parker, brother-in-law-Mike Reed. Joe Barnes was called into the ministry more than 58 years ago. From his early years of tent evangelism, pastoring in Missouri, east Houston and finally at First Assembly of God Church in Huntsville, Texas for 37 years, he worked tirelessly to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands. He spent many years in leadership positions with the South Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He mentored hundreds of men and women who now pastor churches across the United States of the America and missionaries who minister around the world. Services at the First Assembly of God Church in Huntsville will be held Monday, April 21st, at 10:00 AM. A private family burial will be held later in the day. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 20th at the First Assembly of God Church from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, 1010 15th St., Huntsville, TX 77340. Pastor Barnes was a strong, faithful servant of Christ, touching more people than can be counted. He loved God, his family, and his many, many friends. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:6-8 KJV
Eldon “Punk” Hues, Jr., 79, passed away on April 19, 2008, in Shepherd. He was born on July 28, 1928 in Egypt, Tx., to Thomas and Alice Hues. He was retired from Tennessee Gas/Tenneco after 31 years. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing with his many grandchildren and worshipping our Lord and Savior at Magnolia Baptist Church on FM 223 in Shepherd. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Bonnie True; and grandson, Roy Eldon Hues, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Louise Hues; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Eldon Hues and wife Diana; Johnny Lee Hues and wife, Amy; and Ricky Dean Hues; sisters, Vera Humbird, Betty Thornton, Patsy Thornton and Erma Chreene; brother, Tommy Hues; grandchildren, Thomas Hues and wife Melody, Christopher Hues and wife Stacy, Jason Hues, Kimberly Hardung and husband Neil, Leslie Hues, Joey Hues and wife, Lisa, Lauren Manuel, Carson Hues, Misti Livanec and husband Greg and Brittanni Hues; great-grandchildren, Baillie Lytle, Kamryn Hues, Raylee Hues, Torrie Hues, Rilee Cole Hues, Tyler Livanec, Hunter Livanec, Brookelyn Livanec and Jacob Livanec; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and lifelong friends of the family. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel, with Brother Danny Biddy of Old River Baptist Church and Rev. John Elmore of Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.