Reverend Thomas “Ed” Barnes

July 31, 2014

One of God’s finest, Rev. Thomas “Ed” Barnes, 82, of Pensacola, took his final steps to meet the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday evening.

Known as the “Boy Preacher” in his early teenage years traveling a five county area in NW Florida to spread the word, this Man of God went on to become a minister for the past 65 years. Starting with Reedy Assembly of God in Westville, FL, 1948-1951; Alford Assembly of God in Alford, FL, 1951-1953; he attended Southeastern Bible College, 1953-1955; Alford Assembly of God, 1955-1960; Bratt Assembly of God in Bratt, 1960-1970; Jordan Street Assembly of God in Pensacola, 1977 and Faith Temple Assembly of God in Pensacola, 1978-1988. But one of his proudest accomplishments was done later on in life when he kept spreading the word on a weekly basis to the elderly and shut-ins around the area in elderly facilities and homes who were not able to attend church and helped with the homeless. He preached his last sermon on May 4, 2014 at Brentwood Assembly of God.

He was a lifelong carpenter who also went on to retire from New York Life Insurance and Whitney Bank.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Berniece Yon Barnes; parents, Troy and Janie Barnes; and his brothers, Lester and Azell Barnes.

Survivors include his sons, Richard Barnes (Ann), Randall Barnes (Deborah) and David Barnes (Vicki) all of Pensacola; his siblings, Gerethea Wise of Pensacola, Betty Bildner of Osseo, MI, and Frankie Barnes (Meryl) of Kynesville, FL; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as in-laws and many nieces, nephews and his beloved pet and buddy, Charlie.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Brentwood Assembly of God in Pensacola. Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Brentwood Assembly of God with Pastors Kenneth Martin, Ron Carnley and James Vickery officiating. Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Roger Barnes, Jason Barnes, Billy Latham, Robert Stuck, Darryl Bildner, Eric Wise, Mark Mills, Clay Mills, Steve Finch and James Kristie.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill McLeod and the Brentwood Men’s Fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brentwood Men’s Fellowship, Brentwood Breakfast Fund, 4901 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32505.

The family would like to thank special friend, Dr. Fleischhauer, the staff at Baptist Hospital 4-West, ICU Unit, PCU Unit and very special thanks to Laurie.


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