Shelia Harris Barnes

Shelia Harris Barnes

Sheila Harris Barnes, 82, of Crossett, died January 20, 2015 peacefully at her home.

She was born December 6, 1932 in Greenhill and was the daughter of the late Verlee and Eddie Harris. She was a graduate of Drew Central High School and married Vernon Barnes on Sept. 17, 1955.  They moved to Crossett in 1965 where she lived the remainder of her life and raised four children LaVonda, Rhonda, Sondra and Vaughn.

Mrs. Barnes was a member of First United Methodist Church and a homemaker. On any given day she loved spending time with her husband at their monument business of 40 years. She loved yard work, picking pecans, burning trash piles and admiring her rose bushes. She loved reading her collection of recipe books and faithfully read the newspaper every day. Even though her family outgrew her house, she loved big family gatherings with lots of food and on occasion the party had to be spread next door to her daughter’s house.  She loved entertaining her family by playing the piano. Her two favorite times in her life was when her family came to visit and left.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Juanice Wallace; one brother, Warner Harris; one daughter, LaVonda Turner; and one infant granddaughter, Bobbie June Turner.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Vernon Barnes of Crossett; two daughters, Rhonda Bowers and husband John of Florence, Alabama and Sondra Flanery of Henderson, Texas; one son, Vaughn Barnes and wife Jeannie of Crossett; one adopted daughter, Lynne Mills and husband Terry of Crossett; and one brother, George Harris of Monticello. She was also affectionately called “Memaw” by 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held January 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. A Celebration of Life service will be held January 23 at 1 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Russell Moore officiating. Soloists are Charles Flanery and Britt Boren.

Burial will be at Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chris Gill, Jason Gill, Andy Flanery, Greg Barnes, Tyler Barnes and Chad Turner.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main St, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.