Barnes, Charles R.

December 25, 2005

Mr. Charles Rowley Barnes of Friends Homes West, Greensboro, North Carolina, died on December 23, 2005. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating his life on Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 3:30 P.M, in the Living Room at Friends Home West with music provided by pianist Elizabeth Keller. Charles was born on September 28, 1928; he grew up in Girdletree on the Maryland Eastern Shore and then lived in Baltimore before moving to Greensboro in 1967. He worked in both the insurance and oil industries and served as Director of Membership for the Greensboro YMCA for fifteen years prior to his retirement in 1991. He was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was a founding member of the Baltimore Olympic Track and Field Club. He loved and excelled in sports, most notably track and field and football. As a sprinter, long-jumper and triple-jumper, he participated in AAU track meets throughout the country. He attended Oklahoma A&M University on a football scholarship and took additional courses at Johns Hopkins University. Charles Barnes is survived by the love of his life and wife of 55 years, Catherine Carr Barnes of the home; daughters, Jean (Joe) Gooding of Purcellville, VA; Emily (Bill) Palmer of Norris, TN; son, Albert D. (Kim) Barnes of Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ; sister, Elizabeth Keller (John Zurfluh) of Millersville, PA; brothers, George Lee Barnes of Gaithersburg, MD; and Hudson Barnes of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Jenny and Sam Gooding, Dyland and Ethan Palmer and Kyle, Andrew and Cameron Barnes. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Eloise Hudson and George Lee Barnes; brother Emerson and son "Little Charlie". The family will receive friends following the service in the Living Room at Friends Home West. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 27985, Raleigh, NC 27611. Forbis and Dick Guilford College Chapel is serving the family of Mr. Barnes.

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