James Leroy Barns

January 16, 1949 - December 8, 2015

James Leroy Barns, age 66, of Allen, Texas, passed away on December 8, 2015. He was born January 16, 1949, in Mitchell, South Dakota, to Jay McDonald and Muriel Eloise (Carson) Barns.  On July 3, 1974, James married Sharlene Jane Hohn in Mitchell, South Dakota. He grew up in Mitchell, where he graduated from Mitchell Senior High School in 1967. James was a police officer in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota and a Deputy for Hughes County Sheriff’s Department in Pierre, South Dakota. He later moved to Texas, where he owned and operated Barns and Associates Investigations and Civil Process Firm for 20 years. James was an avid hunter, fisherman and a gun enthusiast. He loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlene Barns of Allen, Texas; children, Nicole Bartscher and husband Jeff of Marion, South Dakota, Cassie Derry and husband Craig of Freeman, South Dakota, Jami Turchi and husband Brian of Frisco, Texas, Jay Barns of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Megan Kayser, Alycia Kayser, Renae Kayser, Ashley Schumacher and Tegan Derry; siblings, Steven Barns and wife Sherri of Rapid City, South Dakota, Stuart Barns and wife Cindy of Mitchell, South Dakota, Jayne Jonasen and husband Mike of McCook, Nebraska; aunt, Shirley Barns; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

James is preceded in death by his parents.

No services are planned at this time.

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I met James and Shar several years ago providing IT support. We became fast friends as I found them to be my kind of people - kind, honest, competent and compassionate. And dog lovers like me! Over the years we have helped each other out in so many ways that it's difficult to recount. I will miss James' warm smile and charming laughter. We will always love you and we dearly miss you James. Godspeed... Terry Franklin, December 17, 2015 I am so sad for your loss. James was a 'larger than life' guy, and I always enjoyed talking to him. He will be greatly missed. Karen Hewitt, December 11, 2015