|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1913|
Roger Mills County
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2010|
Alvin Augustus (Barney) Barnaby, a man who touched the hearts of those who knew him, entered the house of his Father on September 13, 2010. Barney was born January 26, 1913 in Grimes, OK to Daniel and Zula (Brewer) Barnaby. When he was ten, the family moved to Lansing, MI where he graduated from high school in 1930. After graduation, he took a full time sales position with a mail order company called National Bellas Hess. In 1932 he married Mary Irene Campbell. Over the next nineteen years they had a family of seven children. With skills he learned from his father, he became a carpenter and later a millwright. The family settled in Charlotte, MI and lived there until 1960 when they moved to Bay City. While in Bay City, Barney worked for Dow Chemical installing the machinery to make the first Handi-Wrap. In 1963 they moved to Biloxi, MS where he did installations at the Pascagoula Shipyards. With one child left at home in 1965, they moved back to Charlotte. After their youngest son, David, was killed in Vietnam, Barney and Mary took guardianship of David's two young daughters. Following Mary's death from leukemia in 1972, Barney and the two granddaughters moved to Laguna Beach, CA to live with his daughter Deanna. While there he joined South Shores Baptist Church where he met a lovely lady named Jean Stroud. In 1979 he and Jean married; lived in San Clemente and Wrightwood, CA before moving to Lynden, WA in 1988 to be near Jean's children.
Wherever he lived, Barney chose to be active in his church and local community. His children were raised with his daily example of faith, commitment, personal responsibility and unconditional love. When Barney and Jean moved to Lynden, true to form, he became active in Third Christian Reformed Church; the Lynden Breakfast Kiwanis Club; and a Men's Prayer Breakfast group. He also enjoyed being a part of the Lynden Community Center. Barney and Jean traveled the world and had many adventures together, the greatest being their love for each other. Barney was blessed to have had two funny, loving wonderful women as his wives.
Preceded in death by his first wife Mary; children James, Jacques, Deanna and David; he is survived by wife Jean of Lynden; daughters Mary (Bill) Reynolds of MI, Pat (Lynn) Rowell, of TX and Ellen (Ed) Thompson of NM; step-daughters Nancy (David) Kreps of Lynden; Donna (Don) Starr of Blaine and Gail (Rick) Morse of CA. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Barney will be remembered for many things; his deep abiding faith; his love for his family; his great sense of humor; bow ties and the wonderful smile that went with all of these. His family is grateful for the positive impact he had on their lives and those he met. His loving heart and generous spirit will be greatly missed.
Family services and a remembrance gathering will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorials in Barney's name may be made to: Christian Health Care Center, 855 Aaron Dr., Lynden, WA 98264.
Arrangements by Gillies Funeral Home, Lundenk Washington.
Mary Irene Campbell Barnaby (1908 - 1972)
Alvin Augustus Jacques Barnaby (1933 - 1962)*
David William Barnaby (1939 - 1967)*
Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Sep 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58906323
God Bless you, Cousin "Barney". It was a joy to correspond with you, sharing Barnaby family info, photos and contact addresses. Alvin Augustus Barnaby was born 26 January 1913 in Grimes,Grimes, Roger Mills Co, OK --- he told me so in a letter. We shared ...(Read more)|
Cousin Ruth, with Barnaby mother
Added: Sep. 18, 2011
Theron & Helen Smith
Added: Sep. 19, 2010