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Originally published: 2012-12-07 13:52:51
Last modified: 2012-12-07 14:36:45

Grady M. Barnes

Grady M. Barnes, 94, of Knollwood Drive, Boone, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.  Born, June 30, 1918, in Watauga County, he was a son of Romulus Linney and Maude Bumgarner Barnes.  Mr. Barnes served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and retired from Blue Ridge Electric.
Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Bachman Barnes; children, Barbara Henson and husband, Dennis, of Mountain City, Tenn., Caroline Shockley of Vilas, Bob Barnes and wife, Vivian, Margaret Barnes, and Shirley Miller and husband, Walter, all of Boone;  ten grandchildren, Allen Henson and wife, Kelly, of Knoxville, Tenn., Shelia Swift and husband, Greg, of Powell, Tenn., Bill Henson and wife, Jennifer, of Johnson City, Tenn., Marc Shockley of Asheville, David Shockley and friend, Christina, of Blowing Rock, Melissa Shockley of Vilas, Dr. Nathan Barnes of Benson, Dr. Scott Miller and wife, Chika, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Emily Cunningham and husband, Justin, of Huntersville, and Garrett Miller of Boone; eight great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Bernice Barnes of Naples, Fla.   A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Eulala Hodges, Ruth Ledford, and Mabel Mays; and brothers, Kenneth "Prince" Barnes, and J. C. Barnes.
A funeral mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, officiated by Father Dave Brzoska.  Burial, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 130, will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Austin & Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to the Father Frank Connolly Endowment Fund, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 259 Pilgrim's Way, Boone, NC 28607, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN  38101.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Barnes family.