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CREVE COEUR ~ W.C. “Barney” Barnes, 79, of Creve Coeur, passed away and went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 18, 2020 peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side. Heaven has gained another angel.

Born January 9, 1941 in Coffee County, Tennessee to Thurman and Flossie (Gilley) Barnes, he married the love of his life, Pat Pumphrey of Creve Coeur, on August 28, 1963. Together they enjoyed 56 years of Christian marriage.

Surviving are his wife of Creve Coeur; his daughter, Amy (Daryl) Barth of East Peoria, whom he adored so much; his precious grandchildren who were his life, James (Andrea Schuster) Breedlove, Jr. of East Peoria, Sarah Breedlove of Creve Coeur and Addison Barth of East Peoria and his great-granddaughter, Paisley Breedlove of East Peoria. He also is survived by three brothers, George (Evelyn) Barnes of Greenbrier, Tennessee, Freddie Barnes of Tullahoma, Tennessee and Larry (Anjie) Barnes of Manchester, Tennessee and one sister, Norene West of Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Beauman Barnes and Richard Barnes.

Barney worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 32 years, retiring June 1, 1996. He was a retired member of U.A.W. Local 974, where he formerly served on the board. He was very active on the Creve Coeur Zoning Board from 1985 to 1992. He also was a Trustee for several years on the Creve Coeur Village Board and at times served as Mayor Pro-tem when the Mayor could not be there. He also worked at the Creve Coeur Community Center and Ehrett’s Hardware in Creve Coeur. He loved to golf and to work in his garden. He was loved by all who knew him. He loved spending time with his grandkids and family. He loved all his nieces and nephews.

He attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God in East Peoria.

Per his wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61637 or to Alzheimer’s Association, Peoria Office, 614 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614.

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