|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1941|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 2008|
Sue was born at home in the Bluff Springs Community of Howard County, Arkansas, the daughter of John Freeman Jackson and Cecile Hortense Turley Jackson.
Married Jimmie Barnes on June 3, 1962, in the Wakefield Methodist Church of the Wakefield Community, Howard County, Arkansas.
Mother of four children:
• 1963 Jonathan Dwayne Barnes
• 1964 Melanie Ann Barnes Barnhill
• 1969 Billy Ray Barnes
• 1971 Jay Eric Barnes
Linda Sue Jackson Barnes
- Sunday November 16, 2008
Mrs. Barnes Made Math Meaningful to Many
Some readers work crossword puzzles and word games for fun. Sue Barnes doodled with math equations instead. Some school teachers retire and relax after their classroom careers. After 35 years teaching public school math, Sue "retired" from daily in-class activity, but she continued teaching about algebra and about God.
Linda Sue Jackson Barnes was still actively teaching distance learning, online courses, in college algebra from her home near Dierks in the months preceding her death Sunday at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana. She was 67.
A woman of strong faith, Sue was facilitating at a Christian women’s retreat at Camp Tanako near Malvern when she suddenly became ill Oct. 4. Since 2002, Sue had played a prominent role in the Noahs of Ark Walk to Emmaus Program based at Tanako and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A Methodist lay speaker, she also taught Sunday school and Bible studies at local churches near Dierks.
In 1962, Sue completed undergraduate studies after only three years at Southern Arkansas University with a B.S. degree in education with dual majors in math and English. Later she earned a master’s degree in math and English from East Texas University.
In additional to high school teaching, Barnes was an adjunct instructor for Cossatot Community College, University of Arkansas, from 1990-2008 where she also taught graduate courses. She had articles published in the Mathematics Teachers High School-College Journal, and annually developed and submitted math test units for ACT tests.
Mrs. Barnes began her teaching career in 1963 as a math and English instructor at Dierks High School. She taught most of her career at DeQueen High School where she retired as the head of the Math Department in 1992. For the next eight years, she taught math at Texas High School in Texarkana and again at Dierks.
Sue was born July 11, 1941, at the family home in the Blue Bayou Community west of Nashville in Howard County. The oldest of two children, she was preceded in death by her father and mother, Freeman and Hortense Jackson of Lockesburg.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Jim Barnes; their four children; a brother and six grandchildren. Her oldest son, Jon, lives in Knoxville, TN, with wife Amy Elias, where both are writers and faculty members at the University of Tennessee. Daughter Melanie Barnhill is a school psychologist in Bossier City, LA, where she resides with husband Jonathan and sons Jeb and Zach Womack and step-daughter, Anna Barnhill.
Her son Bill Barnes is a Texas parole officer and lives with his son David in The Woodlands, TX. A student at Henderson State University, youngest son Jay Barnes lives in Arkadelphia with wife Samanthia Evans and their son Joshua.
Two grandchildren, Jamee Brewer and Jessica Brewer live in Fort Smith while brother, Phillip Jackson, resides in Conway with his wife, Anna.
Memorial services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in DeQueen.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sue’s name may be made payable by check to Noahs of Ark Walk to Emmaus, 589 Meeks Loop, Hot Springs, AR 71913.
Obituary provided by Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen, Ark.
John Freeman Jackson (1914 - 1990)
Hortense Turley Jackson (1923 - 1999)
New Hope Cemetery
Maintained by: Phillip Jackson
Originally Created by: Deborah Ayers
Record added: Aug 31, 2010
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