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James Russell Barnes

James (Jim) Russell Barnes, age 62, of Marion, N.C. closed his eyes to this world and opened them in the kingdom of Heaven on February 3, 2021. Jim was born in Saratoga County, N.Y. on February 3rd 1959 to the Late Marsha Moore Moeller.


Jim left us way too soon, but accomplished much in the brief time he was here. Having been in sales for most of his life, Jim was the recent vice-president and co-owner of Universal Motors of Granite Falls, N.C. until his health declined.


Selling automobiles was one of his passions along with his love of reading, going to the movies, and bowling with his son Alex. Jim attended Solid Rock Church of Granite Falls and believed that this life is a mere blink of an eye and only a whisper to an afterlife of eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jim believed that all of us are only one breath away from eternity.


Jim was pre-deceased by his mother and his sister Linda Cheetham. Surviving Jim are his brothers Gale Penza (Cindy) of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Jeff Barnes (Donna) of Old Fort, N.C. and Cliff Barnes (Carolina) of Hickory, N.C.; daughters Jamie Langley (David) of Bryans Road, M.D. Chelsea Reeser (Ethan) of Columbia, S.C., sons Duece Barnes and Alex Barnes of Marion, N.C. Also surviving are his aunt, Nancy Searcy of Nashville, T.N.; eleven grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews along with two special friends Shadow and Sam.


If you knew Jim, it should come as no surprise that there will be no services held. He asks that all would remember him as they last saw him and to make it your goal to join him in eternity.


In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to your local Adoption Center for displaced animals and also to care for those who can’t take care of themselves. Good luck and may God bless each and every one of you, Jim.


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Go rest high on that mountain. You were a good man. See you on the other side God Bless.

Mickey Searcy Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

Wish I could have spent more time with you as an adult, but have great memories of us when I was kid. I hear you helped me work on my jump shot :) It was so great to briefly catch up over the holidays and glad I was to able spend some time with you before you left Nashville. I bet there are some great stories I missed out on over the years, but glad to have heard the ones I did. Love ya and rest easy.

Daren Searcy Feb 22 2021 12:00 AM

Went on vacation with Jim .one of many family vacations but this one was just myself .gale and jim he had so much fun planned for us and made sure we enjoyed are stay .one of the best times we all had together .you will be missed love you forever your sister-in-law Cindy .thanks for a world of memories

Cindy haskell Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Barnes

Karen Mills Womack Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM

You will be forever missed. My heart is broken. Thank you for all of our talks and the smiles we shared.
Your work here is done. I will see you soon on the other side...love you my friend


Mary Sowers Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

My beloved Jimmy my heart is so saddened and I will miss you forever and forever. I am honored to have been your Aunt Nancy since your birth and having the previous time through life we shared. We lost a wonderful Christian man who loved his God first then family and friends. He had a loving heart for people who could not help themselves and gave of himself to help them. He also loved his Shadow and Sam such a joy in his life. I will always cherish your staying with me in Nashville that was a time God blessed us for being together in a most difficult time of your life. I know where you are I know you are happy healthy and totally free. I will join you in time but until then know I will miss you so much and never stop having you in my heart. You were Gods perfect nephew. Lovingly Aunt Nancy. Love you Jimmy

Nancy Searcy Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Our hearts and prayers are with you as always. Jim , you will be missed. RIP friend. With deepest sympathy!
Carl and Monica

Carl Stuffel - Monica Stafford Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Barnes

Ashley Williams Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

Jim aka Big Daddy was one of a kind one of the best bosses I had ever had he cared about every employee he had and treated you like family. He will forever hold a place in my heart. Prayers to all his children and family.

Vivian Allen Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

Deuce and Alex, you are in our prayers.
Much love,
Dean and Mott

Dean and Mott Buff Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

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