Carolyn Barnes

Carolyn Barnes

Emma Carolyn Burris Barnes, 79, of Van Buren, formerly of Monticello, passed away on August 22, 2016 at Peach Tree Care Unit in Van Buren.

She was owner of The Gift of Love Bible Book Store in Monticello for 30 years and was a long-time member of the First Assembly of God Church. Her passion was to give the word of God to others and gave away hundreds of Bibles to those who needed them. She was a gifted Sunday school and Bible study teacher, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Barnes was born February 20, 1937 at Russellville and was the daughter of the late Rev. William David Burris and Emma Boals Burris.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband Bob Barnes of Van Buren; a daughter, Diane Barnes Waganer and husband Mike of Van Buren; a son, Rev. Robert David Barnes and wife Sharon of Rowlett, Texas; three grandchildren, Amber Simon, Justin Blake Smith and Jeremy Barnes; three great grandchildren, Liam, Aedan and Rylan Simon; and a very special friend, Coralea Epps.

A funeral service will be held on August 26 at 2 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel followed by burial at Union Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to High Point Assembly of God Bible Ministry, P.O. Box 189, Royse City, TX 75189.