Ray Anthony Barnes

December 4, 1956 ~ June 17, 2021 (age 64)

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Ray Anthony Barnes, 64, of Morrilton, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021. He was born on December 4, 1956 in Kansas City, Kansas to the late Edward and Queen Esther (Carter) Barnes. 

Ray attended Morrilton Public Schools and the University of Oklahoma. He also proudly served in the United States Army and was an active member of the Morrilton chapter of the Disabled American Veterans where he served as Junior Vice Commander.  

He was a faithful member of King Solomon Baptist Church and an enthusiastic member of the Silver Trowel Masonic Lodge #9. 

Ray and Yolanda Barnes were married on December 7, 1990 and were very proud of their children, Jennifer (Michael) Nelson, Aaron (Toshia) Jackson, Anthony (Akia) Barnes, and Alexandria Barnes. 

Ray was preceded in death by his father and mother and survived by his wife, Yolanda Barnes, and children.  

Ray leaves to cherish his memories: his beloved grandchildren, special friend Daisy Dailey, Demecia Allen, Trishyonna Williams, Patricia (Dyson) Madondo, James Dailey, and a host of relatives and friends. 


The Soldier 

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.  There shall be
 In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

by Rupert Brooke


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June 24, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
H. B White Auditorium
701 East Harding Street
Morrilton, AR 72110

Funeral Service
June 25, 2021

10:00 AM
Johnson Street Church of Christ
101 Johnson Street
Benton, AR 72015

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