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Willie Barnes

December 11, 1941 ~ July 1, 2021 (age 79)


Willie Charles Barnes was born to Y.C. and Georgia Barnes on December 12, 1941 in Prentis, MS.

At age 10 his family located to Detroit Michigan.

He was educated in the Detroit Public School System, on the Eastside of Detroit. He graduated in the year of 1959. He was anxious to start a new career two days after his 18th birthday he entered his new career in the United States Air Force. After his tour of Duty, he returned to Detroit’s Eastside.

He worked various jobs, therefore he became a carpenter, a plumber, auto mechanic, and God blessed him to be good at all of the things he applied himself to do. He found his passion, of working with Natural Gas. In 1968 he began his career at DTE Energy Company, Detroit Michigan. He loved this career as a service technician. He could rebuild a gas furnace in a flash and you would be warm on a cold winter night. He worked this career for 38 years.

In 1995 he was ordained as an Elder at the Glorious Church of Apostolic Faith by Bishop C.O. Reid of Winston Salem, NC. He loved working for the Lord.

In 2005 upon retirement he decided to relocate with his wife, John Etta to Sevierville, TN. He wanted a new career, which was being able to look out his window or drive in the Smoky Mountains with no one to answer to but God.

With this relocation he united with the Church of God Sacrifice through his friendship with Katherine Chandler. With this came the introduction of Bishop Zack Flack who was the Pastor of Boyd’s Creek Church. He was ordained into this Church Body. He remained with Boyd’s Creek until a few years ago, where he was assigned as Associate Pastor of Maryville Church of God.

He was preceded in death by parents; two sisters, Margareta and Shirley; two sons, Demetrious and Carlos; one grandson Emanuel (Manny); one daughter Marita Barnes.

He is survived by his loving wife John Etta Barnes; three sons, Arlando Barnes of Detroit, Michigan, Eric Johnson (Quianna) of Westland, Michigan, and Terrence Johnson of Muskegon, Michigan; two daughters, Nicola Barnes of Detroit, Michigan, Kimberly Smith of Southfield, Michigan; One brother Lafate Barnes of Cleveland, Ohio; Two uncles, William Will of Detroit, Michigan and Jesse Dawkins of Indianapolis, Indiana; and grandchildren Nakia, DeQuan, Chanze, Anthony, Akeela, Arrianna Barnes, Calvin Evans, India Smith, Deshaun Keys, Eric Johnson, Kimora Johnson, DeQuan Cross; four great-grand kids, Serenity, Chaze Jr., Camren, and Amir; three aunts, Rebecca and Emma Dawkins, Edna Scott of Detroit, Michigan; two sister-in-laws, Clorestine Benton of Detroit, Michigan, Vanessa Blake of Paducah, Kentucky; one brother-in-law, Greg Patton (Charri) of River Louge, Michigan; one god-daughter, Christain Ringold (who he named Christain because of his famous quote it is “hard to be  a Christian”); many nieces, many nephews and cousins; to many friends to be listed. Arthur- Faustine Harris, Mayford – Katherine Chandler, Lee Ross – Jackie Chandler, Bishop Zack – Ana – Paul Flack, JoAnn Finchum – Betty Mahan, Janis Westfield – Aurora Smith; all employees and retirees of DTE, The Church Body, Church of God Sanctified.

Special Thanks to: Dr. Eric J. Littleton, Dr. Monica Crane, Genesis Staff, Smoky Mountain Staff ~ Amy Garner, Brookedale, Sevierville Health & Rehab.

Service: Rawlings Funeral Home, Sevierville, TN, Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 3:00PM. Condolences can be made at

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