|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 2011|
James W. "Cotton" Barnes died Friday, January 14, 2011. He was 91.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Osborn Funeral Home. Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 am on Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Chapel of Osborn Funeral Home. Officiating will be Very Reverend Doctor Jacob W. Owensby of St. Marks Cathedral. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery on St. Vincent Ave.
Cotton was born in Trees City Louisiana, grew up in Vivian. He was a starting quarterback and pitcher at Centinary College where he was ultimately inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. He played professional baseball in the Texas league until he joined the Army during WWII. He was employed by Hollis and Company until his retirement in the 1980's. He was a member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church.
He always loved sports and took great joy in refereeing high school and college football games. He liked to tell stories about his time as a ref and about many of the famous players he refereed including Terry Bradshaw. He also spent many happy years on his houseboat at Caddo Lake.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie; his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Ira Barnes; brothers Earl, Willard "Dad Barnes", and O.H. "Bus Barnes"; sisters Pat and Lillie. He is survived by his nephew and niece, Michael and Cheryl Peck of Huntsville Alabama. He had two great nephews, one great-great nephew and two great-great nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home or your favorite charity.
Hugh Ira Barnes (1875 - 1957)
Letha Dell Short Barnes (1889 - 1966)
Forest Park East Cemetery
Created by: Ellen Stevens
Record added: Jan 16, 2011
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