Sam P. Barnes

March 2, 1923 - October 31, 2004

Sam P. Barnes, 81, of Whitesboro, Texas, died Sunday morning, October 31, 2004, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman. Sam was born March 2, 1923, in Anna, Texas. He was the youngest of five sons born to Walter Edward and Birdie Lera Dillon Barnes. He married Lillie Hester Estep on November 13, 1943. Barnes was a U. S. Army Air Corp Veteran of World War II serving with the 549th Night Fighter Squadron in Iwo Jima. He received his B. S. and M. S. Degrees from North Texas State University. Barnes was a teacher and coach in Frisco, Gunter and Anna. After getting his Master’s Degree in School Administration, he became Superintendent in Anna. He was Business Manager for Dumas I. S. D. from 1961-65. He then served 18 years as Superintendent of Lazbuddie Schools. The Barnes retired to Muleshoe in 1983, before moving to Whitesboro in 1987. Barnes served as Deacon in the Lazbuddie Baptist Church and currently is a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitesboro. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Hester; three sons, Ronny and wife, Cindy Barnes of Lubbock, Monte and wife, Delayne Barnes of Bowie, Mark and wife, Karen Barnes of Farwell; daughter, Marilyn and husband, Frank Hinkson of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in December. Also surviving is a brother, Edward Barnes of Princeton. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Bill, Cecil and Odell. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, Wednesday, November 3, 2004, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. Daryl Woerz officiating. Interment will be at Cottage Hill Cemetery in Celina, Texas. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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We appreciate so many of you who stopped by at the visitation and service for Dad. We cherish the stories you've shared with us and would love to hear more. I think Dad loved the time he spent as teacher and coach even more than his administrative days just because he had more time with the kids. He had so many stories (mostly funny)that he loved to share about all aspects of his school days. Dad and Mom both enjoyed every place they lived and had close ties everywhere. That is why it was so hard to decide where to have services. Ultimately, the place closest to his roots and older family members became our choice. We are so appreciative of the calls, cards, flowers, and prayers from all over. We received two arrangements that had no address, so if anyone could help us out with more information, we'd be able to send our personal thanks to these people. They are Royce and Sandy Shaw and Katherine Novak from Dallas, Texas. Marilyn Barnes Hinkson, November 23, 2004 Gaither especially has such fond memories of the family friends that the Hall and Gaither Families and the Barnes family shared around the Rosamond Community. The Anna Class of 1958, I'm sure recalls with a smile on their face, how angry Sam (Mr. Barnes) was with us the day we played hookey from school. The girls were suppose to play for Bi-District in Basketball that night and he really had us believing we could not play because we were not at school that day; however, he finally gave in and said since we were there for a little while, he believed we could get by the UIL rules and he let us play. Boy were we relieved. Our last memory of seeing Sam is a couple or three years ago when we were in Abilene for one of our granddaughters volleyball play-off games before going to State....and he and Hester were there watching a grandchild play in some sport. We met them at a cafeteria unexpectdly. We all came to the conclusion that it is really wonderful following grandchildren in the athletic accomplishments. Love to all of you, Albert and Gaither Robertson Phipps Al and Gaither Robertson Phipps, November 22, 2004 Granddad could tell stories like nobody else! Usually listening to him laugh and carry on during the story was more entertaining than the story itself. We will all miss him, but treasure all the wonderful memories! Tyla Kohlmeier, November 9, 2004 We are friends of Mr. Sam Barnes's son Mark and his wife, Karen. We always enjoyed Sam and Hester's company on their visits to Missouri. We are very sorry to hear of his passing and are keeping the family of Sam Barnes in our prayers. The Cigich Family Barry and Sherry Cigich, November 3, 2004 The membership of West Grayson Retired Teachers Association wishes to express sorrow at the loss of a respected educator. We are grateful for his long service. Our sympathy is with you. Mary Nan Story, November 2, 2004 I remember Mr. Barnes as a very well loved and respected teacher at Anna High School from 1952-1956. My sympathy is extended to his family. Barbara Shaw Smith, November 2, 2004 So sorry to hear about Mr.Barnes.I will always remenber him as a special teacher and friend.I will keep your family in my prayers. Alta Ann Crook (Rollins), November 2, 2004 Sam was a loving husband, dad, and granddad. He was respected by all who called him "friend" and who were fortunate enough to know him as an educator. He will be missed here, but I know we will see him again someday. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Marsha Barnes-Pettit, November 2, 2004 We have always felt very blessed to have Sam and Hester as our neighbors. Sam put so much pride and work in keeping such a beautiful yard. We will miss his warm greeting smile and hearty wave of hello. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you Hester and your family at this time. George and Mary Lounsbury, November 2, 2004 We were always pleased and honored by Sam and Hesters visits to our church, while visiting Frank and Marilyn in Cottonwood Falls. Sam will be greatly missed. We express our deepest sympathy for your great loss. May God comfort you will lasting memories. Alan and Sandie Phipps, November 2, 2004 I remember visiting Aunt Hester and Uncle Sam in West TX and how much fun we had as little kids. They were always such wonderful people. I wish I could be at the funeral to pay my last respects. God bless you Aunt Hester and all my beloved cousins and their families. Love Sharon Sharon Burk-Gage, November 2, 2004 Esther and I extend our sympathies to Marilyn and Frank and to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from the Flint Hills Community Church family in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. James T Bartsch, November 1, 2004 As friends of Sam and Hester's daughter Marilyn, we enjoyed getting to know him and his gentleman spirit. He had a beautiful smile which always greeted us when we greeted him. Our love and prayers go to all the family and especially to our dear friend Marilyn. Love Ray and Jan Ray and Jan Crawford, November 1, 2004