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Lois Virginia Flanigan Barnes
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1856, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1926
Sevier County
Arkansas, USA

(Obituary #1, possibly from the McCurtain Gazette, Idabel, Oklahoma)


Mrs. Lois Barnes, widow of the late Hose Barnes, died at her home eight miles east of Gillham, Ark., Sunday morning, March 14, 1926, after a brief illness of the flu.

Mrs. Barnes lacked a little more than one month being seventy years of age. Her father, named Flanagin, died when she was a small child. Her mother died about 46 years ago. The last member of her parents' family to die before "Aunt Lois," as she was familiarly known, was a brother who died about ten years ago, leaving Aunt Lois the sole and only surviving member out of a family of five children.

Thus the last chapter has been written and the book of incidents closed as regards this once eventful Flanagin family.

Aunt Lois was born in Sevier County Ark. April 30, 1856. She was, married to T. H. Barnes August 12, 1871, with whom the lived a little more than fifty-four years in the same neighborhood where she died.

Since her husband, Uncle Hose, died five months ago, Aunt Lois has remained on the old homestead. She refused to break up housekeeping and live with her children. She preferred to stay in the old home where she had dwelled for more than half a century so that she might be independent and not dependent upon anyone as long as she lived.

That part of Sevier County where Uncle Hose and Aunt Lois lived and died, fifty years ago was sparsely populated. The "free school" law was not enacted until after their first children T. J. and Dora were ten and twelve years of age. There were not children enough in the community to support a subscription or a paid school. However, Aunt Lois did not let this deprive her children of receiving an education. She taught T. J. and Dora at home the three r's, 'riting 'rithmetic and reading. The hours for study and recess in their private home were kept with as much formality and discipline as our best public schools today, with this exception, neglect or refusal to get up the lesson that mother assigned meant more than a tongue lashing.

Judge Barnes in speaking of the schooling that his mother taught him says, "I will never forget how we gathered polk-berries and how we made polk-berry ink. The Spencerian pen had just come into use. McGuffy's readers and Ray's arithmetic were standard. What education I have and whatever success I may have made or might hereafter achieve, is due to the elementary schooling at home that my mother taught me for it was from these early instructions that ambition for knowledge was installed in me."

In 1920 Uncle Hose and Aunt Lois were active in establishing a Method church near their home. They became charter members of this little church. It was named Barnesdale in honor of their services. From the day this little church was established to the day of their deaths they consecrated their entire lives and best services for the Kingdom of God in the upbuilding of the little church that stands on the hill overlooking their home.

Aunt Lois died as she had lived, a devout Christian and a kind and loving mother. She leaves surviving her two sons, T. J. Barnes of Idabel, Okla., and Joe Barnes of Gillham, Ark., and five daughters, Dora Laster of Eagletown, Okla.; Laura Axton of Idabel, Okla.; Lee Crenshaw, Jadie, Okla., Ettie Self, Gillham, Ark. and Anna Hazelwood, Texarkana, Ark. She also leaves surviving her twenty-one grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

(Obituary #2)
The De Queen Bee
Friday, March 16, 1926
Front Page


Mrs. Lois Barnes, nee Flanagin, passed away at the family residence in Sevier County, 15 miles northeast of De Queen, Sunday, March 14, 1926. she was, it appears, a lifetime citizen of Sevier County. Her husband, Thomas Hosea Barnes, also a lifetime resident of Sevier County died last October.

Mrs. Barnes was born April 30, 1856 and was therefore nearly 70 years old. Her sickness lasted but 5 days, and her children were hastily summoned to her bedside. All seven were present except Mrs. Self, living a few hundred yards away, whose sickness prevented her attendance upon the mother.

Her sons are T. J. Barnes of Idabel, Oklahoma, Joseph Barnes of Sevier County and five daughters, three living in Oklahoma and two in Arkansas.

Mrs. Barnes was a Charter Member of the Barnsdale Methodist Church, professing Christianity and joining it in 1920. She was an earnest christian and wrought well for the righteous upbuilding of her community. She was buried at New Hope in Sevier County, 17 miles northeast of De Queen last Monday, March 15.

A large gathering of friends and neighbors were present as her former pastor of the Barnsdale Church officiated at her funeral.

She has gone to her reward and may her children and grand children so live as to meet her again in a better world.
---- J. F. Taylor
Family links: 
  Thomas Hosea Barnes (1850 - 1925)*
  Thomas Jefferson Barnes (1874 - 1950)*
  Eldora Barnes Laster (1876 - 1961)*
  Joe Barnes (1877 - 1956)*
  Laura Elizabeth Barnes Axton (1881 - 1969)*
  Mary Lee Barnes Crenshaw (1882 - 1964)*
  Oretha Barnes (1883 - 1885)*
  Othula Barnes (1887 - 1888)*
  Etta Bell Barnes Self (1892 - 1956)*
  Anna May Barnes Haselwood (1896 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
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1849-1925 | 1850-1926
Note: Shares double monument with husband "Hose"
New Hope Cemetery
De Queen
Sevier County
Arkansas, USA
Maintained by: Dorsey Barnes Drane
Originally Created by: Ruth West Murray
Record added: Feb 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48163714
Lois Virginia <i>Flanigan</i> Barnes
Added by: Dorsey Barnes Drane
Lois Virginia <i>Flanigan</i> Barnes
Added by: Deborah Ayers
Lois Virginia <i>Flanigan</i> Barnes
Added by: Deborah Ayers
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Granddaughter of Mrs. Lee Barnes Crenshaw
- Glenda Crenshaw Wall
 Added: Feb. 26, 2013

- Ruth West Murray
 Added: May. 20, 2010

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