Richard Carlton Barnes
February 26, 1943 – September 18, 2021
Richard Carlton Barnes was born in Wilson, on February 26, 1943. Carlton passed away at home from pulmonary fibrosis on September 18, 2021. During his illness, services were provided for him by Novant Hospice, which enabled him to remain home. Carlton was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all extended family and friends.
Carlton graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in 1965, where he played baseball on a scholarship. Following graduation in 1965, he played minor league baseball for the Cincinnati Reds traveling the country with the team. He then enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 during the Vietnam War Era. Following his military service, Carlton returned to East Carolina University earning a Master’s degree in 1970. Then he taught high school and coached in Kinston. Carlton began his business career with insurance beginning with Aetna and after a career spanning thirty plus years, he retired from The Hartford in 2008.
Carlton is survived by his loving wife, Marge Barnes of Denver; daughter, Dr. Anne Renee Barnes, of Portland, Oregon; son, Scott Carlton Barnes and daughter-in-law, Stephanie Davis Barnes of Charlotte; grandson Christopher Tobias Barnes of Charlotte, and sister, Kaye Barnes Michaels of Raleigh.
Carlton was proceeded in death by his parents, Ralph Carlton Barnes and Ethelene Lucas Barnes, and the mother of his children, Jerrilyn Vail Barnes.
Graveside Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, in Buckhorn Cemetery, Hwy 42, Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Richard’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansa 66675, Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, California 91365, or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.