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John Lyman Barnes

John Barnes, U.S. Army

                        Name: John Lyman Barnes

                        Branch of Service: U.S. Army

                        Unit: Signal Corps

                        Rank: T/4

                        Dates of Service:

                        Theater of Service: Asiatic-Pacific

John Lyman Barnes was born on July 7, 1924, in Austinville, Virginia; he was the son of Lucius Lyman Barnes (1886-1968) and Bessie Finks (Dale) Barnes (1889-1968).  John married Katherine Elizabeth Middlebrook in Fluvanna, Virginia, on October 20, 1955.  John passed away on July 3, 2014, in Albemarle County, Virginia, and is buried at the Scottsville Cemetery in Scottsville, Virginia.

Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA
July 6, 2014
John Lyman Barnes

John Lyman Barnes, 2008
Photo courtesy of Scottsville Museum

John Lyman Barnes, 89, of Scottsville, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at his residence.   He was born July 7, 1924, in Austinville, Virginia, a son of the late Lucius Lyman and Bessie (Dale) Barnes.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester and Orla Barnes; and a sister, Elva Johnson. 

Mr. Barnes retired from Revco Drug Co. as a truck driver after a number of years of service.  He was a World War II veteran, having served his country in the United States Army.  He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Scottsville.  John was a loving and devoted father and husband.  He enjoyed gardening, was Mr. Fix-It, and always put others interests ahead of his own. Survivors include his devoted wife of over 58 years, Katherine (Middlebrook) Barnes of Scottsville; three children, John Lloyd Barnes and wife, Thelma; Wayne Lyman Barnes and wife, Kristy; and Lisa Thacker and husband, Allan, all of Scottsville; a sister, Elizabeth Mason of Scottsville; nine grandchildren, John Lloyd Barnes, Jr., Angela Taylor, Michael Barnes, Marianne Crowley, Caleb, Peter, and Laura Barnes, and Tyler and Joshua Thacker; eight great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.  The family would like to thank Mr. Barnes' care giver, Faye Moneymaker, and all of the nurses and staff of Hospice of the Piedmont for their kind and compassionate care of their husband and father.

A graveside service honoring John's life and celebrating what would have been his 90th birthday will be conducted at 2 pm, Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Scottsville Cemetery by the Reverend James O. Shifflett with Military Honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.  Family and friends may share memories and photos at

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