J. B. Barnes

    Henry J.B. Barnes, of Statesville, passed away peacefully from a long battle with heart disease on 26 November 2012, at the Gordon Hospice House. He was 82 years of age.

    J.B. was born on 16 September 1930 in Gainesville Georgia to Jay Alvin and Gertrude Barnes. He served in the U.S. Naval Forces during the Korean War as an airplane mechanic. Immediately after completing his naval service, he was introduced to his future wife Joan Thomas in 1955 and told her after their first meeting to “Remember MacArthur.” He did, in fact, return to sweep her off her feet and marry her that same year. J.B. began employment at Lockheed Aircraft and at the same time dabbled as a part-time mechanic for what was the beginning of stock car racing. He then began what would be a lifetime career in the poultry industry. While employed full time at Martin Feed & Poultry, he went to night school at the University of Georgia studying early into the morning often with his first daughter Marcia on his lap. He graduated with degrees in business/accounting and animal science. After graduation, he began employment with Hubbard Farms as a hatchery manager and moved his family, now with another daughter Rhonda and a son Joey, to Statesville, North Carolina. He advanced quickly in the company, eventually landing the title of Director of U.S. Hatchery Operations for Hubbard Farms. He was a member of NPIP, a national advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on the improvement of the poultry industry, receiving an Outstanding Service Award in 1994. He was a member of the N.C. Agriculture Foundation, the N. C. Poultry Federation, where he served as Board President from 1982-1983, a member of the N.C Mutual Hatchery Association, where he served as Board President from 1972-1984, and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, serving as Board President in 1991. After Retirement in 1997 he was inducted in the NC Poultry Hall of Fame in 2004. He then became a freelance consultant, specializing in poultry management for countries all over the world, including the Republic of Panama, Holland, Belize, the Bahamas and Zambia.

   In addition to his work life, J.B. was heavily involved in community activities and was on the Board of Directors for the Statesville Chamber of Commerce from 1980-1982. He was also a member of First Baptist Church, the Statesville Rotary Club, where he served as President from 1993-1994 and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. J.B. was a dedicated member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of Masons, serving as Master in 1993 and was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Oasis Temple in Charlotte, NC.

    J.B. was a family man above all else and loved his family and friends deeply and dearly and with fierce loyalty and sacrifice. He was a constant source of support and inspiration for them even right up until his death. He always had a smile for everyone and was known for his sharp witted sense of humor. He was a humble and honest man, who had an old fashioned sense of what it meant for a person to give their word, doing more business on his word and promise that on any written contract. His hobbies including woodworking, where he created ornate pieces that are considered family heirlooms, fishing, antiquing and traveling to the islands.

    In addition to his wife Joan of 57 years, he also leaves behind two daughters, Marcia Oliver of Sumter, SC, Rhonda Barnes of Charlotte, NC and a son, Joey Barnes a Charlotte attorney. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Sarah Oliver, Arin Oliver and Jessica Ward, a grandson Zachary Ward, two great grandchildren, Akasha Ward and Jackson Ferland and his sister Virginia Strickland. The family would like to express gratitude to Gordon Hospice House and especially Kim Lachina and Lindsey Chenevey.

The family will receive friends at Nicholson Funeral Home in Statesville this Wednesday the 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. Private services will follow at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com.  Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of JB Barnes.  

    In lieu of memorials, the family asks that you take some special time to acknowledge your own loved ones and let them know what they mean to you and how they enrich your life.


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