The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Obituaries

January 13, 2013

Emogene Barnes

— A private graveside service for immediate family was conducted for Emogene Claire McLemore Barnes, 84, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Roselawn Cemetery with McConnell Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Barnes died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Madison Manor of Madison.

Emogene Barnes was born Aug 7,1928, in Limestone County to Homer and Alma Bates McLemore. She was a life-long resident of Limestone County and resided in the East Limestone community for approximately 74 years.

She attended East Limestone School and was a member of the graduating class of ‘46 at Tanner High School. After receiving her teacher's certificate from Florence State Teachers College, she taught school at Tanner and Copeland Schools for several years.

She married Charles R. Barnes in Iuka, Miss., and left the teaching profession after her first child was born to become a stay-at-home Mom and homemaker. In 1961, Mrs. Barnes became a full-time clerk in the Limestone County Tax Assessors Office where she was to later advance to the position of chief clerk for which she served for 20 years.

At the age of 53 she qualified and ran successfully for the position of Limestone County Tax Assessor. She served a term as tax assessor and retired in 1987.

She was as dedicated to Limestone County and its citizens, as she was devoted to her family. She could be called a people person because of her outgoing personality and love of people. Throughout her lifetime she was tagged with several distinct nicknames. However, her favorite nickname (a name shared by many) and the one she answered most frequently and lovingly to was the name her grandchildren and great-grandchildren called her, “Mee Maw.” Mrs. Barnes was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include three daughters, Pam B. Waddell, Kaye B. Higginbotham, Gwen B. Scott, all of Athens; sons, Mark Barnes of Dunedin, Fla., and Gary Barnes of Wetumpka; grandchildren, Nicki W. Johns, Corey Higginbotham, Casey H. Kerby, Shane Hargrave, Joshua Hargrave, Whitney Hargrave, Heidi Barnes, Karrie B. Wheat and Dustin Barnes; 10 great--grandchildren; sister-in law Katherine B. Brock of Athens; a niece; and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Charles R. Barnes; grandson, Lance Waddell; great-grandson, Morgan Hargrave; and her only sibling, Ila Dean McLemore Tribble.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.

Special thanks to the staff of Madison Manor of Madison for the care they provided and the kindness shown to Mrs. Barnes and her family during her stay there.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 117-A Longwood Drive S.E., Huntsville, AL 35801, or to your favorite charity.

 

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