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Nellie Joyner Barnes

October 13, 1928 - February 24, 2019

AHOSKIE, NC – Nellie Joyner Barnes, age 90, passed away on February 24, 2019 at the Accordius Health at Creekside Care of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Barnes was born on October 13, 1928 to Solon Lee and Celesta Vaughan Joyner in Murfreesboro, NC. Nellie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She worked in retail most of her life, acquiring many friends over the years. Nellie was a member of First Baptist Church in Ahoskie. She loved her family and cherished the time spent with them. Nellie was an exceptional cook and enjoyed her flowers and shopping. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Perry Barnes; and her brother, Vernon Joyner.

Nellie is survived by her daughter, Shirley Harrell and husband John of Murfreesboro; son, William Alan Barnes and wife Mary of Plymouth, NC; sister-in-law, Agnes Joyner; two granddaughters, Stephanie Conner and husband Chris of Murfreesboro, and Jenna Barnes Weathersbee and husband Brian of Fort Mill, SC; grandson, Brian Barnes and wife Callie of Fuquay Varina, NC great-grandson, Liam Conner of Murfreesboro; two great-granddaughters, Brileigh Weathersbee of Fort Mill, SC, and Hartleigh Conner of Murfreesboro; and a niece, Janet Stradley and husband Paul of Youngsville, NC.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Trey Gilliam officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Community Home Care and Hospice, 200 Green Street, Suite 203, Williamston, NC 27892 or online by clicking here, directly to Meherrin Baptist Church, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or online by clicking here, directly to the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Barnes family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie

205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


First Baptist Church of Ahoskie

312 Main Street West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

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