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07/16/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Ray Barnes

Raeford Clifton Barnes
(29 Oct 1946 - 04 July 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was deeply saddened to learn this news today.  Ray Barnes, Class of 1965, passed away at his home in Roanoke on Independence Day, Thursday, July 04, 2019 at the age of 72.

    Ray and I shared many classes and fond band memories at NNHS, and had only reconnected in recent years. 


  From Jane Chambers of VA via     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/15/19 - "Obituary for  RAY BARNES, CNC CLASS OF 1966":

Ray's wife, Darnell, notified me today, July 15, of Ray's death. I believe he was a NNHS graduate. Below is the obituary.


   Thank you so much, Jane and David. He was, indeed.


From Oakey's South Chapel Funeral Home - 07/06/19:

    Raeford C. Barnes


    ROANOKE - Raeford C. (Ray) Barnes, 72, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Thursday morning, July 4, 2019, at home. He had been suffering since January from interstitial lung disease.

Ray is survived by his loving wife, Darnell, and two daughters from previous marriages; Lori Young of Gloucester and Rianna Leazer of Virginia Beach; his former wife, Vivian Barnes of Newport News; and four grandchildren.

He worked as a Registered Jeweler at Frank L. Moose and for Amrhein’s in Salem. Ray also served four years in the United States Air Force.

He was a man of faith and a member of West Salem Baptist Church. Ray was actively involved in Friends of Bill Wilson and started a group recently which is thriving.

Ray Barnes
  Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Oakey’s South Chapel with Pastor Nick Shaffer officiating.

Interment will follow at Evergreen Burial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

Published in Oakey's South Chapel Funeral Home on July 06
, 2019.  
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July 06, 2019 

Please accept our sincere condolences. I have great memories of being kids when the families got together.

~ Ann Turner Green, Newport, Oregon

July 07, 2019 

Barnes Family, You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Ray was such a strong believer in God and in sharing in experience strength and hopes. He has been an inspiration to many of us. Rest now my friend.

~ Sherry Gentry, Roanoke, Virginia

July 07, 2019    

I had the pleasure of working with Ray for a period of time. He was a very good man who never failed to make me smile. I have many great memories of him. He will be missed. My very sincere condolences go out to his family.

July 07, 2019  

I will always remember Ray's face lighting up when he spoke of his love for the program and fellowship we both share! I carry that always in my heart, and will miss you greatly, Ray!

~ Linda Goodrich, Roanoke, Virginia

July 07, 2019  

Rest In Peace, My Friend!

July 08, 2019     

I am saddened by the news of Ray's passing. As children we saw each other at family gatherings, but as the years passed it was only at funerals. However, we did see each other again at the family reunion in 2015. Praying for Darnell and the rest of the family. Cindy (Turner) Howell

July 08, 2019   

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

I'm sending my condolences to the Barnes family. Ray was a great man, and surely will be missed .

July 08, 2019   

Ray was so kind, yet straight-forward and sharp. He didn't miss much. I so appreciated the spiritual encouragement he gave to me and others in our small group for many years. He is in Jesus' presence now, and I pray Darnell and the rest of his family can find joy, comfort and peace knowing this.

~ Beth Reed Cundiff, Salem, Virginia

July 08, 2019     

So sorry I didn't get to know Ray better. I did get to meet him again in 2015 at the Turner Family reunion. Praying for him and the family.

~ Robert Turner, Statesville, North Carolina

July 08, 2019    

In loving memory of a wonderful person.

~ David Hankins, Roanoke, Virginia

July 13, 2019  

I will miss Ray so much. I always loved hearing him share his spiritual knowledge. He will forever bring me joy and a smile when I remember his past experiences and his strength to live and give hope to his fellow brothers and sisters.

July 18, 2019   


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Ray's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


   This information is also posted here:


  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03    

Bunting Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/13/09

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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