On Sunday, July 14 2013, Dorothy Barnes, known as Dot to most of her friends, passed on to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she faithfully served for more than 90 years.
She was born April 15, 1922, in Sylva, N.C., to the late Andrew Queen Sr. and Sadie Queen. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Howard Barnes; two brothers, Andrew Queen Jr. and Clyde Queen; three sisters, Mary Francis Brown, Gracia Queen and Elwyn Deitz; and one great grandson, Andrew Clark Barnes. Surviving her is one son, Clark Barnes, who was by her side at her departure, and Debbie Chewning Barnes who had been, as Dot often said, "the daughter I never had." Also surviving are her grandchildren, Thadeus Barnes of Lancaster County, Pa., his wife, Char, and their three sons, Matthew, Patrick and Christopher; grandson Erickson Barnes of Tampa, Fla., his wife, Ashley, and their children Lilly and Jacob; granddaughter Elizabeth Barnes-Miller of Elkins and her son, Nolan, and granddaughter, Rachel Barnes, also of Elkins.
Raised in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, Dorothy graduated from Sylva High School and Western Carolina University, then known as Cullowee College. She taught school for one year before she joined her family, which had moved to Portsmouth, Va., where her father worked in the war effort during World War II. It was there that she met a thin handsome young man who had returned from service in the South Pacific and soon married the love of her life, Howard (Barney) Barnes. They remained in Portsmouth for five years until her husband answered a call from the Lord to ministry. They moved to Greenville, S.C., and Barney attended Bob Jones University where she was active in counseling wives of married students. In 1955, they answered a call to serve Smith Creek Regular Baptist Church in New Market, Va. She continued to faithfully serve the Lord as a pastor's wife (a calling of its own) at West Milford Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Paden City, Calvary Baptist Church of Elkins and Trinity Baptist of Verona, Va. She also was the deputy circuit clerk for Harrison County during the 1960s. A proud descendant of the Scottsman, "Old William MacQueen," who arrived in North Carolina in the mid-1700s, her family had a rich history of service to the Lord. Her grandfather, the Rev. Ayscue Queen, was the founding pastor of East Sylva, Balsam Grove and Speedwell Baptist churches. Her great grandfather, the Rev. B.N. Queen, was the founding pastor of Big Ridge, John Creek and Sol's Creek Baptist churches, all of which are in Jackson County, N.C. The Rev. B.N. Queen was one of the early organizers of the school that became Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., a southern baptist school. Dorothy served the Lord, loved her family and passed on, to someday, meet her loved ones and her Lord in the air.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. On Friday, July 19, she will be moved to the Shenandoah Baptist Cemetery at Verona, Va., where a graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Pastor Bill Johnson will officiate and interment will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northern Regional Office, 1299 Pineview Drive, Suite 3, Morgantown, WV 26505 in memory of Mrs. Barnes. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Dorothy Barnes. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.