Floy Barnes

Floy Barnes

Floy Barnes, 93, of Hamburg passed away on January 27, 2016 at her residence in Hamburg.

She graduated from Arkansas A&M (now UAM) where she was a campus beauty and a member of Who’s Who. Here she met the love of her life, Philip Eugene “Gene” Barnes.

During WWII, she lived in the Rose Inn and taught school in Crossett. One day Floy’s class was interrupted by an airplane buzzing the school. Gene was flying across country and buzzed the school where Floy was teaching. All the students ran outside to wave, causing quite fuss in the community. She and Gene married and moved from Monticello to Warren to Locus Bayou. In 1952, they moved to Hamburg.

She was active in her church, First United Methodist Church, where she was on the board, in the choir, and taught Sunday School. For many years, she was an active member of the Hamburg Garden Club. She also worked in the family business, P.E. Barnes Lumber. She loved gardening and had a green thumb. She was good cook, an avid hunter and accompanied her men on many hunting ventures.

She was born in Moro Bay on October 31, 1922 and was the second of five children born to Oscar and Birdie Watson Johnston.

Shewas preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, P.E. Barnes, Sr. in 1999; a great-granddaughter, Judith Rosamond Barnes in 2008; her parents, Oscar and Birdie Watson Johnston and three sisters.

She leaves behind her children, Phil and Inez Barnes, Anne and Jim Porter, Bob and Joy Barnes, Kaye and Alan Davis, all of Hamburg; a brother, O.B. Johnston of Pine Bluff; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Gene, Julie, and Bruin Barnes; Jim, Sara, Kathryn, and Rowland Barnes; Rob, Anna Beth, and Bo Barnes; Jay and Laura Porter; Julia, Dave, Aubrey, and Leila Shelton; Brady, Brian, Sadie, and Barrett McDuffie; Britt, Katie, and Winnie Barnes; Anna, Eric, and Hudson Greenhaw; Ben, Mary, Salle, and Shepherd Crismon; and Philip and Sara Davis.

Funeral services will be held on January 29 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Comer and Rev. Ben Crismon officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Gene Barnes, Jim Barnes, Rob Barnes, Philip Davis, Dave Shelton, Britt Barnes, Brian McDuffie and Christoph Keller.

Visitation is January 28 from 6 o.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 202 Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.