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Almas L. Barnes, Jr.

Mr. Almas L. Barnes, Jr., age 83, died November 19, 2013, at his home in rural Jefferson Davis County. Services for Mr. Barnes were held November 25 at New Zion MB Church in Oakvale with Rev. F.S. Barnes officiating. Interment was in the New Zion Cemetery, with Laird Mortuary, LLC in charge of all arrangements.

Mr. Barnes was the son of the late Almas Barnes, Sr. and the late Rachel Ward Barnes of Oakvale. At an early age, he joined the New Zion Church and remained a faithful and dutiful member, serving as a trustee until his health failed. Mr. Barnes served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953.

As a young man, Mr. Barnes married the former Margaret Jackson, and to this union lovely children were born. Mr. Barnes worked much of his adult life as a pulpwood logger and farmer.

Mr. Barnes’ survivors include two daughters, Phyllis (Toney) Richbow of Oakvale, and Melissa (Harold) Norwood of Hattiesburg; one son, Bobby Jones of Gulfport; three sisters, Helen Turner, Annette Barnes, Lynette (Alvin) Jackson, all of Altadena, CA; two brothers, Enoch (Dorothy) Barnes of Farrell, PA, and Robert (Mildred) Barnes of Lawrenceville, VA; and four grandchildren.