Travis Stanley Barnes
Travis Stanley Barnes
  • May 25, 1931 - October 6, 2017
  • Tiger, Georgia

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Reverend Travis Stanley Barnes passed away peacefully in Atlanta, Georgia, October 6, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born in Augusta, Georgia, grew up in the neighborhood of Frog Hollow, and was a graduate of Richmond Academy. He attended Young Harris College, and graduated from University of Georgia and Boston University School of Theology where he earned a Master’s degree in Sacred Theology.

He served as minister at Tuxton United Methodist Church in Athens, GA, Skyland Methodist Church in Atlanta, and Gammon Memorial Methodist Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts before returning home to Augusta to join his father and brothers who owned and operated Augusta Building Supply.

Travis embodied the “servant leader” and represented Richmond County as a member of the Board of Education, County Commission and member of the Georgia State House of Representatives. He served as Bicentennial Chairman for Augusta, was active in establishing the Bartram Trail through town, and worked on the development of the riverfront. He was also instrumental in salvaging the cupola from the old Union (Train) Station prior to demolition, and installing it on the grounds of the Old Richmond Academy.

Travis was later called back to the ministry and the Methodist Church, referring to himself as a “worker-priest”, and served as the Director of Augusta Urban Ministries, and later coordinated Atlanta Urban Ministries where he served until his retirement.

Upon retirement, he and his wife Kathy moved to the community of Tiger in the north Georgia Mountains where they have resided for the last 20 years. Even in retirement, Travis stayed active; pursuing his life-long passion for fishing, becoming a skilled wood turner, trimming Christmas trees, and harvesting grapes for Tiger Mountain Vineyards.

He is survived, by his wife of 40 years, Katherine Holt Barnes, children, Stan (Tenley), Bearden (Jill), Cristina Berg McGarr, Katherine Berg, and Edward Berg (Jody); twelve grandchildren, Travis and Colson Barnes, Bearden, Benjamin, Cecilia and Lily Barnes, Smith, Sarah and Allie McGarr, and Cora, Charis, and Amara Berg, former wife, Beatrice Dodd, sisters-in-law, Ann P. Barnes and Bettie Barnes and a number of nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Newton Travis Barnes and Beatrice McCall Barnes, and his brothers, David N. Barnes and Michael S. Barnes.

Thanks to the many caregivers who worked with Travis over these last years. Memorial gifts may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Rabun County or the charity of your choice. On Saturday, November 11, 2017, a celebration of life will be held at Tiger United Methodist Church in Tiger, GA at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.