Barnes, Brian

Brian Barnes

April 16, 1977 - May 26, 2020

Kenneth “Brian” Barnes, of Frisco, Texas, loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend passed away May 26, 2020, after a short but fierce battle against cancer.

Brian was born on April 16, 1977 in Norman, Oklahoma to Jim and Lynne Barnes.  Having a long line of family members who attended the University of Oklahoma, Brian was literally “Sooner Born and Sooner Bred” and was a Sooner fan from the moment he took some of his first steps in life on the OU football field proudly wearing an OU Jersey with his name on the back.  Brian graduated from OU in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama.   He  was the envy of many friends and family members with his football season tickets; when he was not able to attend a game, you could always find him in front of the TV rooting his team to victory.  When football season resumes and the Sooners score a touchdown the heavens will open up and we will all hear a resounding chorus of “BOOMER SOONER” !!!
Brian developed a passion for the theater in the fourth grade when his class did a short reenactment of the Alamo, and was heavily involved in theater all through middle school, high school, and college.   Before attending OU, Brian attended Collin County Community College (now known as Collin  College) in Plano, TX on a part-time basis during time frame of 1995 to 2002. Brian also spent the summer of 2003 in New Philadelphia, Ohio outdoor Amphitheater as a paid performer in Trumpet in the Land and White Savage where, as with OU and Collin College, he gained valuable experience not only in all aspects of the theater but also in life experiences, memories, and friendships. Some of the many plays and musicals that Brian also took part in High School, College, and Community Theater include: Into the Woods, To Kill a Mockingbird, West Side Story, Lost in Yonkers, The Marvelous Play Bill, The Curious Savage, Anything Goes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bash, God’s Country, The Rimers of Eldritch, All In The Timing, Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Rumors, Diary Of A Scoundrel, The Baby and one of Brian’s most memorable and enjoyable plays was the 2004 OU theater production of You Can’t Take It With You, in which Brian’s character had lines with the late Larry Drake (OU Alumnus and famed actor) who played the part of the grandfather. In addition to plays, Brian also played the character of Corporal Levi Rankin in the audio book titled Blood and Iron.
After graduating from OU, Brian moved to Los Angeles where he had hopes of breaking into acting jobs. While continuing to try that route, he took other jobs connected to acting/theater in which he excelled.  After living in LA for a period of time, Brian decided the LA lifestyle wasn’t for him and moved back to Texas to be close to family.
In addition to the theater and Sooner football, Brian had a passion for many things, including “Star Wars” ever since he was four years old, and then Brian’s dad introduced him to “Doctor Who” at a very young age and he has been a huge fan ever since.  The tenth Doctor played by David Tennant is their favorite Doctor.  Brian also loved writing, and one of the plays he wrote is  titled “Reflections of Life”.
Brian made many friends in his life (some of which became life-long friends) especially through his involvement in the theater.  While attending Collin College, Brian met Megan “Moe” Morelock, who became a very special life-long friend – the type that is very rare and for which you feel very blessed.  Brian enjoyed so many of life’s adventures with Moe and they shared a love for Broadway, movies, and “Doctor Who” to name just a few and were there for each other during both the good times and the bad.  Moe was with Brian (via telephone) during some of the last days/hours of his precious life which gave him great comfort.
Brian had a fierce love for all of his family and they were all very special to him including our four-legged family members.  But there is nothing that brought more joy to Brian than his niece Lavada and nephew Elijah, watching them grow, and being such an important part of their lives – that was truly priceless to him and he treasured every minute.
Everyone that knew Brian or crossed paths with him easily recognized his caring and compassion for others including all animals, keen intellect, love for God, life, family, and friends, great sense of humor and quick wit, being a wonderful listener, making everyone feel special for who they were, wanting to try new things (i.e. co-directing a play with a new twist),  practical jokester, genuine charm, kind and loving spirit, and that beautiful boyish grin that will forever be engrained in the hearts, minds, and souls of all who knew him. Brian faced life and death with such grace, courage, and dignity and is an inspiration for us all.  Brian was such an important part of so many lives and loved more than words can describe.  He will always be with us in our hearts, and we will treasure each moment we were blessed with him in our lives.
Brian is survived by his parents, Lynne and Jim Barnes of Frisco, Texas; his brother, David Barnes; niece and nephew, Lavada and Elijah Barnes of Frisco, Texas;  uncles and aunts, Dr. James S. Jones and wife Pat, Carol Nelson and husband Dr. David Nelson, Norman Jones and wife Joni, Paula Jones-Carson, Kenny Barnes and wife, Gail, Christie Sechrist and husband, Richard, David Shaw and wife, Ginger, Yvonna Larsen and husband, Skip, Janet Barnes Curran and husband, Jack, and Margo Jones; cousins, Craig Jones and wife, Anung, Sherri Gibson and husband, Greg, Christin Thomson and husband, James, Marci Cherwinski and husband, Kevin, Lori Bovaird and husband, Marc, Cruiser Wilkinson and wife, Brook, Jeff Nelson and wife, Kristen, Mark Nelson and his late wife, Eddah, Kena Robertson and husband, Travis, Brett Barnes and wife, Natalie, Cale Barnes and wife, Kelsey, Randy Barnes and wife, Connie, Lori Sites and husband, Bob, Robbie Stinnett and husband, Jimmy, Jerry Venable and wife, Mary, Donette Bisett and husband, Mark, Andera Alford, and a host of other friends and loving family members (including Brian’s beloved four-legged family members: Melody, Brownie, Tegan, and Merly).

Brian is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Norman and Frances Jones; paternal grandparents, Kenneth Barnes, Wanda Shaw and W.R. Shaw; maternal great grandparents, Paul and Helen Jones, Marie Pearce Craig and John Stewart Pearce; paternal great grandparents, Andy and Reva Sanders, Walter and Mandy Barnes; Uncle Wayne Barnes, Aunt Pauline Jones, Uncle James H. Jones, Aunt Eleanore Touchberry, Aunt Barbara Venable; and his beloved four-legged family members: Sandy, Heidi (1), Heidi (2), Boxy, Niki, Daisy, River, and Merlin the Magician.
Brian’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 2:00pm, at Hope Fellowship Church East, 9950 Rolater, Frisco, TX 75035. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations:


Operation Kindness
Mailing address:  3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, TX  75006
or online at
Cancer Research at UT Southwestern
Mailing address: UT Southwestern Medical Center, P. O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888
or online at

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Brian, saying you are a Star Wars fan is an understatement because you loved all things Star Wars from the time you were a baby and never stopped. Your cousin Donette, referenced the famous “May the force be with you” in an earlier tribute and also reminded me of one of her favorite memories of you was when you were about 4 years old. We were in front of Nana and Grandad Sanders house and Donette introduced you to her “Granny Alford”. You walked straight up to her and held out your hand to her and said “Hello Granny Alford, I’m Brian Barnes the Servant Knight. May the Force Be a With You”. Everyone thought you were so adorable and that memory was talked about so many times throughout the years - it was such a “Brian” thing to say. That is only one of the millions of beautiful memories. Your beautiful smile that lights up your eyes and reflects your warm, kind, funny, gracious, courageous and loving spirit is forever engrained in my mind, heart, and soul and of countless others that love you. I am trying to find the courage that you showed in your life as well as in facing your death to face that you are no longer on this earth with us and the feeling of my heart breaking into millions of pieces when I let myself realize you aren’t on this earth with us anymore. I remind myself to be comforted knowing that you are in Heaven with God, my mommy and daddy and all your other grandparents, great grand parents, uncles and aunts and our four legged family members and that you are happy and whole, and have no pain or suffering. We will all be together In Heaven someday. I love you more than words can say. Mom PS: your dad pointed out that in the original tribute, I very wrongly made reference to “Dr. Who” and he said it should be corrected to say “Doctor Who” and that it would stick out like a sore thumb to any true “Whovian”. Needless to say, and I am sure you are relieved, the mistake has been corrected. :) Mom, June 8, 2020 Brian my beloved son. You are a good man, better than I ever was. You faced death with courage, dignity and wisdom far beyond your years. Of all those I have lost, yours is my greatest loss. Your smile, even while you were suffering, showed your ability to spread happiness in times of difficulty and you raised our spirits with your strength. You will be in our hearts forever. Be at peace in the house of our lord and make a place for us.
Jim Barnes, June 5, 2020
Dear Lynne and Jim, You published a beautiful tribute in memory of your beloved Brian. We hope and pray that being involved in that made you proud of how you raised him. Best wishes. David and Barbara David and Barbara Radunsky, June 5, 2020 Sweetie, dahling, love you forever Moe, June 3, 2020 Every time I was around Brian he had a sparkle in his eyes and a smile for everyone. His sweet soul and huge heart will surely comfort his heavenly brothers and sisters. May the force be with us all till we meet again. Love, Donette Donette and Mark Bisett, June 3, 2020 Brian was a strong and bold spirit who was kind in ways we all hope to be...may the Lord bless him and all who loved him.
Phil elins, June 3, 2020 Brian, your big heart, kindness and compassion for others is what separated you from the crowd. You will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved you. Now rejoice in God’s love. Kenny Barnes , June 3, 2020 Dad loves forever and always
Jim Barnes, June 2, 2020