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- Central Oregonian - Features
. Barnes passed away Monday, July 24, 2006 in Prineville, Oregon. He was 83 years old.
The memorial service will be held Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at the Prineville Presbyterian Church.
J.B. was born on August 6, 1922 to Elmer and Bessie Barnes in Copeland, Arkansas where he attended school. At age 17 he joined the CCC. J.B. then served in the Army from 1942 through 1945.
J.B. served in the European theater during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. On August 9, 1943 he married Mabel Stephenson in Walla Walla, Washington. The couple would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this August. J.B. and his wife moved back to Walla Walla, Washington and together they worked in a cannery, in 1948 they moved to Enterprise, Oregon and they worked on a ranch. J. B. pursued work as a mill worker in Prineville, Ore. He also built a beautiful home for his family. When the mill closed he moved to Portland to work as a welder where he retired in 1984. While living in Portland the couple was noted for having the most beautiful garden. They moved back to Prineville in 1988 where they settled.
J.B. enjoyed the great outdoors, fishing, hunting, rock and arrowhead collecting, spending many hours in the workshop woodworking, building bird houses, swords, guns, figures, and other toys. He also loved to tell stories, garden, bowling, and shoot ing pool. J.B. also especially loved his two granddaughters and great-grandsons.
Family and friends will miss him greatly.
Survivors include: his wife Mabel Barnes of Prineville; daughter Twyla and her husband Westley King of Gaston, Ore.; brother Raymond Barnes of Prineville, Ore.; sister Rida Parham of Oklahoma, and many nieces and nephews, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and one granddaughter Melissa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prineville Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1201 N.E. Elm Street, Prineville, OR, 541-447-2510.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.