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Elgin Barnes, 85, decorated war vet

Elgin Barnes, 85,
decorated war vet

Elgin J.R. Barnes, 85, of Macclenny died June 7, 2011 at the V.A. Medical Center Lake City.

Mr. Barnes was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and the son of the late Lynn Adair and Effie Mae Thrift Barnes. He was preceded in death by his brother Elmer L. Barnes.

Mr. Barnes was a decorated Army veteran of World War II and a charter member of the WW II Museum in New Orleans. He was awarded the American French Legion of Honor, knighted as Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 772, Lake City, Florida. He was wounded in France after D-Day and awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Barnes was also a member of the Spear-Huxford Genealogy Society and a life member of the Baker County Historical Society. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Macclenny and a former president and member of the Macedonia Cemetery Association.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Dorothy Barnes of Macclenny; daughter Amelia Ann Barnes (Kurt) Kraus of Macclenny; sons Gregory L. Barnes, Martinsville, LA., Ward P. (Mary) Barnes, Wake, Virginia and Patrick T. (Marta) Barnes of Macclenny; sister Barbara Jean (Randolph) Chisholm of Macclenny.

The funeral service for Mr. Barnes was held on June 10, 2011 at 10:00 am at his church with the Rev. Tom Pope officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery. Guerry Fun­­eral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

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