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Kathryn Barnes

January 14, 1917 — April 30, 2018

WILSON - Kathryn Thompson Barnes, 101, died Monday, April 30, 2018.

The visitation will be, Monday, May 7, 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Wilson Memorial Service.

She was born January 14, 1917 in Wilson to Grace Hawkins Thompson and Reuben D. Thompson.  She graduated from Charles L. Coon and was a member of Elm City United Methodist Church and also a member of the Wilson Country Club since 1939 where she served on various boards and was the Women’s Club Champion for six years in a row.

Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jesse Norris Barnes, Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth Barnes Bryan; sisters, Frances Thompson Morgan, Virginia Thompson Graves and Grace Thompson Moore; brothers, Reuben D. Thompson, Joel E. Thompson and Harry L. Thompson and her companion of many years, J. C. “Bill” Jessup.

She is survived by daughter, Kathryn Barnes-Martone (Michael) of New York and sons, J. Norris Barnes, III (Anne) of Winston Salem and Reuben T. “Tank” Barnes (Lynn) of Elm City and son-in-law, David Carroll Bryan of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Spencer Barnes Moore (Rhys) of Ridgefield, CT; John Norris Barnes (Sandra) of Bozeman, MT; Thomas Williams Barnes of Atlantic Beach and Elizabeth Norris Barnes Thomas (Adam) of Wilson; great-grandchildren,  Griffin Barnes Moore and Elizabeth L. “Lulu” Moore of Ridgefield, CT; Samantha Joyce Barnes and Jesse Ryan Barnes of Bozeman, MT; Kathryn Stuart Thomas and Barnes Bennett Thomas of Wilson.

Memorials are suggested to, Mulligans Fore Kids, PO Box 3413, Wilson, NC 27895 or the charity of one’s choice.

The Family would like to thank her caregivers, Gladys Tyson, Martha Yelverton, Barbara Tayborn, Cherry Barnes and Janice Pridgen for the love and care they have provided to “Mama Kat” as she was known to many.

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