|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1861|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1916|
The Obituaries of John Alva Barnes
The first obituary was found in the Randolph County, Indiana Obituaries 1900-1935 Volumes 1-5 , which where obtained from The Winchester Democrat Newspaper, Complied by Willard Heiss, Mary Wright Dennis, Jane Dennis Thomas and Nila Harris Howell in Volume 1-2, page 349.
John Barnes Is Called By Death
John Barnes, a well known farmer living northeast of Farmland, passed away Wednesday morning, following an extended period of poor health. Mrs. Harry Smith of Farmland, a daughter, was shopping at a local department store when she received word of her father's death. Mrs. Smith is said to be the only child.
The second obituary was found in the Randolph County, Indiana Obituaries 1900-1935 Volumes 1-5 , which where obtained from The Winchester Democrat Newspaper, Complied by Willard Heiss, Mary Wright Dennis, Jane Dennis Thomas and Nila Harris Howell in Volume 1-2, page 350.
John Alva Barnes, son of John F. and Clemenza Barnes, was born October27, 1861 at the home where he spent much of his life and where he passed on to a filler life, October 18, 1916, aged fifty-four years, eleven months and twenty-one days. So unawares were we that a chariot awaited at the door and that angels hovered so near the bed of our loved one, the when on Wednesday at eleven o'clock in the morning his soul was born away by his Heavenly Escort, the family, friends and community were startled. But human skill could not stay the disease demon that racked and tortured the body, and his life slowly went out.
he was the seventh child of a family of nine children three of whom, Colista, Alista and Mary Alice with father and mother have responded to the summons to the home beyond.
On May 22, 1887, he was united in marriage to Ida Auker and into their home came Blanche--Mrs. Harry Smith-- to bless and enrich their lives. These with the son-in-law, Harry Smith, two dear little grandsons, Delbert and Lester, to whom he was so devotedly attached, two brothers, Eugene and Granville, three sisters, Caroline, Flora, Nettie, and many other relatives and a host of friends are left to mourn his going away.
He loved his home and was ever a guardian of its welfare. He lived to make his loved ones happy and his kind, tender-hearted, unselfish devotion to them will be a cherished memory to the end of life.
He was of a sunny jovial disposition and was the happiest when he could help those about him to be happy. His heart went out to those in need and as a neighbor and friend his substantial help in time of sickness or distress very beautifully portrayed his noble character and unselfishness. His counsel and advise was sought by many and his stand on civic and moral questions was always conscientiously taken for the spirit and betterment of the home, community and commonwealth.
In business affairs he was not slothful but diligent, constantly pushing forward with an aggressive energy that overcomes difficulties and while perhaps often times, his courage sank, he was not cowardly but after advising and counseling with others, he pushed forward with a determination that wins success.
The Prophet Isaiah said, ''We all like sheep have gone astray," and it may be said of this our brother, at all times during his life, "Thou are not far from the Kingdom," foe he firmly and devoutly believed in God, and His divine plan and order as ruler of the universe; also in Jesus Christ as our Elder Brother and Saviour of mankind; yet he never took any decided stand or had any definite experiences in Christian life until in his last few hours, when upon being asked "Are you fully trusting?" he answered "I am," and reaching his arms heavenward, prayerfully said "God bless our home," and we fully believe that to him death was birth into a newer, fuller and happier life.
Funeral Services were conducted in the M. E. church in Ridgeville, Indiana, by the Rev. A. M. Addington in the presence of a very large congregation of his friends and neighbors, with his relatives, after which interment was made in the Reitenour Cemetery.
John F. Barnes (1825 - 1900)
Clemenza Pennock Barnes (1829 - 1912)
Ida Ann Auker Barnes (1864 - 1952)*
Blanche Barnes Smith (1889 - 1959)*
Caroline Barnes Burnworth (1850 - 1930)*
Alista Barnes (1854 - 1857)*
Colista Barnes Smithson (1854 - 1891)*
Samantha Barnes (1858 - 1861)*
Mary Alice Barnes (1860 - 1864)*
John Alva Barnes (1861 - 1916)
Florence Ida Barnes Owens (1864 - 1944)*
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Originally Created by: Lynn /Blansett/ Messina
Record added: Feb 21, 2003
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