Mrs. Barnes passed away at her residence in Texas.
At an early age she and her family were faithful and devoted members of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Collins, MS.
After graduating high school from Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant Community she became a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church with her husband, Johnnie B. Leggett and was active in church auxiliaries. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible Study and was a member of Mission I and attended the National
Baptist Sunday School/BTU Congress and Women's Mission .
She attended Jackson State University and received a BS degree in Education. She taught and mentored many students in the Covington County School System in English and Math at Carver Central High School and later Collins Middle School. She always encouraged youth to do their best and behave positively when at home or in the classroom. She retired in 1991 with over 30 years of teaching.
In 1993 she married the late Reverend Johnnie B. Barnes and this union blended an extension of siblings and bond of love between the two families. Mrs. Barnes became the first African American female to sit on the Covington County School Board of Education following Reverend Barnes as the first African American to ever serve.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Sarah Flowers; both husbands, Johnnie B. Leggett and Johnnie B. Barnes. Siblings, E. J. Flowers, Isadore Flowers, Jerome Flowers and son Travis Leggett, step daughter, Delois Banes Henry and stepson, Carnell Barnes.
Survivors include, her children, Alma (Ernest) Maxey, Johnnie B. Leggett, Jr., Michael (Melodie)Leggett, Marquis (Daniel) Edwards, Alkendria Nicole ( Dereik) Smith, Adolphus Barnes, Johnnie B. (Elaine) Barnes, Calloway (Shelby) Barnes, Anthony( Rogena) Barnes, Adelia (James) Smith Georgia Sims, Jacquelyn (Robert) Cammon, Sandra Williams, and her beloved sister, Cora Ella Magee, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Interment was in the church cemetery. Pastor Jeremiah Keys was the Officiant. Reeves Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Olive, MS was in charge of the arrangements.
Honorary Pallbearers: Nephews and Grandsons
Pallbearers: Harry Wheeler, Earl Flowers, Dereik Smith, Reverend Benjamin Barnes and Gerald Barnes
Flower Bearers: Nieces and Granddaughters