Clarie Lee Barnes (“Barney” to his fellow workers at the steel mill) passed away at 11:05am on May 28, 2008. He was in his home with family surrounding him. Clarie had late-stage Alzheimer’s Disease with complications and died of Congestive Heart Failure. He was 86 years old. Pastors Steve Cole, of Faith Church of Christ, and Greg Reed, of Morning Star Church, came to the house to pray with the family.
Clarie was born in Hawkins County, TN February 27, 1922. When he was four years old, his family took the train to Indiana, where they settled in Burlington. They lived there for 10 years before moving back to Hawkins County, TN in 1932. He attended the Grisby school in Persia,TN where he met Bea (Mabel Beatrice) Carpenter. They were married August 7th, 1940 in Morristown, TN. He was 18. She was 15. Clarie’s sister Lola was a witness at the ceremony. The young couple then moved to Indiana with his parents.
Clarie worked on a dairy farm in the Burlington, IN area until 1949 when he got employment with the steel mill in Kokomo, IN. They lived in the Burlington area until 1959 when they bought their first home on South Darby St. in Kokomo. Clarie worked at Penn-Dixie/Continental Steel until he had to retire due to a heart attack and eventual open heart surgery, where he was given a pacemaker. Around 1972, the couple moved back to the Burlington area when Bea retired as a seamstress
Clarie and all his family became members of the Burlington Christian Church during the 1950’s. The family later moved membership to the 618 South Main Street Christian Church in Kokomo. In 1972 when the Faith Church of Christ began in Burlington, he and Bea joined that fellowship and Clarie served as an Elder for several years until his declining health caused him to step down. Faith Church now lists him as an “Elder Emeritus” (founding Elder).
From 1980 through 1984 they wintered in Thonotossasa, Florida where they owned a mobile home.
In 1982 they moved back into the city, buying a home on W. Jefferson street in Kokomo. In 1986 they moved to Phillips St. in Kokomo.
Clarie is survived by his wife, Bea, of Kokomo; four children, Barbara Wagoner of Nashville Tennessee, Tom and Dan Barnes both of Kokomo, and Peggy Carter of Greentown; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren.