Doris Lee Barnes

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July 14, 1916 — Jan. 31, 2020

Doris Lee Barnes, 103, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at her home in the Rock Ridge community. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church, 6664 Rock Ridge School Road. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 - 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church.

Doris was born on July 14, 1916, at her parents’ home in Rock Ridge, and she lived a long and healthy life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister. Doris loved her home, her garden, stitching, quilting, reading, singing and above all, her family and many friends. She was always involved with her church. She consistently encouraged educational advancement for her family and community.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert L. Barnes Jr.; her infant son, Thomas Lee Barnes; parents, Leonard C. and Addie Lee Boykin Barnes; sister, Carolyn Barnes Bissette; and her brother, H. Cecil Barnes.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Linda Lee Barnes Cater (Vincent); son, Robert L. Barnes III (Laura); grandsons, Robert B. Mayo and David G. Mayo (Erin); great-grandchildren, David A. Mayo (Bridget), Jonathan R. Mayo (Emily), Anna Lee Mayo, Maria Grace Mayo, Charles D. Mayo, Thomas R. Mayo and Caroline B. Mayo; great-great-grandchildren, S. Ford Mayo, Brennan S. Mayo, Ella B. Mayo and Colin M. Mayo; sisters, Sarah B. Tomlinson and Jean B. Simpson; and numerous devoted nieces and nephews.

Special thanks are given to her loving and devoted caregivers over the past decade, Minnie Barnes, Minnie Crudup, Diane Hester, Nancy Moore, Jessie Terrell and Courtney Barnes.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church, 6504 Rock Ridge School Road, Wilson, NC 27893 or the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Condolences may be directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.