Harvel Lee “Mr. Puny” Barnes Sr., 82, of Lenoir passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, at Caldwell UNC Healthcare. He was born Feb. 22, 1938 in Wilkes County to Harry Gene and Irene Carlton Barnes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Ferguson Barnes; three sons, Harvel Lee Barnes Jr., James William Barnes and Sterlin Gerrod Barnes; three brothers, Don Barnes, the Rev. Gene Barnes and Charlie Barnes; one sister, Katrina “Dean” Hooper; two grandchildren, Olacey Barnes and Antonio Moore; and two great-grandchildren, Gerrod Barnes Jr. and Janiya Barnes.

Mr. Barnes formerly served as a faithful deacon at Peoples Tabernacle Church and was the founder/ president of Miracles for Christ Men’s Choir. At the time of his death, he was a member of Chesterfield Church and Faith Tabernacle. Harvel was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. A true patriarch for the Barnes family and his West End community, he will be dearly missed by many.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Richard Edward Barnes and wife, Cassandra, of Hampton, Ga., and Ronald “Nate” Barnes of Lenoir; two daughters, Debra Barnes and Elder Carol Barnes, both of Lenoir; three brothers, Carl Barnes of Lenoir, Willard Bayoi Barnes and wife, Brenda, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Sgt 1st Class Garrie Barnes and wife, Okhui, of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sisters, Louella Dula of Lenoir and Julietta Harshaw of Memphis, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Due to COVID-19, graveside services will be private, but available on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. via https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9095131506.

Serving as pallbearers will be Fred L. Morrison Jr., Lester Thomas, Bobby Stinson, Auntario Corpening, Xzavien Barnes and John Thomas Kelly.

Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Barnes family.

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