Howard Jerome Barnes, June 6, 1929~March 7, 2016

Barnes for Paper copyHoward Jerome Barnes, 86, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, passed away March 7, 2016 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville.  He was born June 6, 1929 in Dodge, Oklahoma to Robert Wesley Barnes and Bertha Ardeth Hanna Barnes, of whom he was the youngest child.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Maurice; and two sisters, Juanita Steele and Catherine Lierly; as well as the love of his life, Barbara K. Hilburn Barnes.

Howard is survived by a daughter, Karen K. Barnes; two sons, Bob and wife, Debbie Barnes and Steve (Bo) Barnes; and former daughter- in- law, Carol Cribbins Barnes; and three grandchildren, Mistie Barnes, Brooklyn Barnes and Tanner Barnes.

Howard is a graduate of Fayetteville High School.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he became the Officer in Charge of Long Island New York’s Plum Island Light Station.  Following military service, Howard returned to Fayetteville, where he married Barbara K. Hilburn, his wife of 61 years.  He founded Howard Barnes Livestock Trucking, which he operated from 1954 until 2012, when he retired to care for Barbara. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made to the Willard Walker Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 11, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with burial immediately following at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.



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    Lisa Gaddy » 08. Mar, 2016

    I am so sorry to hear about Howard, I truly miss both him and Barbara. I think back to all of the family gatherings we had at their house on Sherwood, memories that will always be with me.

    Beau & Tessa Middleton » 09. Mar, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Joy Urwiler » 09. Mar, 2016

    I was so sorry to hear about Howard, especially so soon after Barbara’s passing. I have many fond memories of Howard and Barbara. Prayers are going out to Bo, Karen, Bobby and Debbie, and the rest of the family.

    Bill Clodfelter » 09. Mar, 2016

    One could not have a better friend, Howard will be truly missed.

    Kevin & Jana Larson » 10. Mar, 2016

    We are holding your entire family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Howard will be greatly missed, as he was a fine man. God bless.

    Jim and verna donoho » 10. Mar, 2016

    We are so sorry to hear of Howards passing but know he is at rest with his wife I know he is very proud of his children and the legacy they are carrying on prayers for for the family

    Name » 10. Mar, 2016

    Howard was so much more than a brother-in-law. From the date of their marriage he welcomed me to be a part of their family life. Always there to assist my parents with whatever task was needed and for me like a brother after my father passed. I spent many days and weeks with he and Barbara during my youth. All birthdays I remember where with them, trips with Karen and them in his cattle truck, or trying to use the phone to call him at the sale barn to get a ambulance for Barbara to go to hospital for early labor for Bobbies birth. Trips to Zero Mt. for tornado warnings, I could go on forever. It continued thru out my adult life, THEY WERE ALWAYS THERE, so much my children referred to them as grandma and grandpa. He was the Best of “THE BEST BROTHER-IN-LAWS” May they rest in peace together! “Judy” [Sharon]

    Beau & Patty Osburn » 11. Mar, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss, and our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our heart felt condolences to you & all the family. -Beau & Patty Osburn