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December 03, 2023

Samuel Jones Barnes Jr.

Samuel Jones Barnes Jr.

Samuel “Jones” Barnes Jr., 81, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in Iredell County.

He was born on Monday, August 11, 1941, in Alexander County, to the late Samuel Jones Barnes and Ruby Mecimore Barnes. Mr. Barnes, along with his wife, was the owner/operator of Iredell Air Care for 24 years. Jones was an active and faithful member of Salem Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Corvette Club and Street Rodders. Jones enjoyed airplanes and cars.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Lackey, and sisters-in-law, Linda Barnes and Dorcas Barnes.

Those left to cherish the memories of Jones include his wife of 60 years, Rachel St. Clair Barnes; sons, Sammy Barnes (Sandra) and Rodney Barnes (Clara); granddaughter, Chloe Barnes; brothers, J.D. Barnes, Johnny Barnes, and Wade Barnes; brother-in-law, Renn Lackey; and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 5, 2023, in the sanctuary at Salem Lutheran Church from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The funeral service will be Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Salem Lutheran Church in the sanctuary at 3:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Reed Shoaff will officiate.

Jonathan Barnes, Christopher Barnes, Dennis Barnes, Gary Lackey, Sammy Barnes, and Rodney Barnes will serve as pallbearers.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to Salem Lutheran Church General Fund, 4005 NC-16, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

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  1. Chris Beam on March 1, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Jones and Rachael have been friends of my family for many years. My parents have spent a lot of time together with them. Jones was a very kind and humble person. Always willing to help others and seemed to always be in a good mood. He touched a lot of lives and will be greatly missed. Our loss is differently heavens gain.

  2. Jim and Ava Jurd on March 2, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Jonsey was a very nice man He has been my friend for many years. Loved his wisdom and advice always. He will be missed. My prayers and support for Rachel and family. I am very glad to have been his friend. Jim Hurd

  3. Mark Gryder on March 6, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    My father (Wade Gryder) enjoyed spending time with Jones and talking about their favorite subject (AIRPLANES). Jones made this world a better place with all that he did. God bless him and his family, and may the love of Jesus our Savior comfort the family during this difficult time.

  4. Dorothy Stamey Hargrove on March 9, 2023 at 7:44 am

    My father, Scott Stamey, had great admiration for Jones and his father, Sam. They had many conversations and laughs back in the day. I was in school with Jones and remember him well.
    Jones was born with so much engineering talent and expertise. May he rest in peace.

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