Martha Barnes

Monday, January 6, 2020

MONETTE, Ark. — Martha Mae Barnes was born July 31, 1928, and passed away Jan. 4, 2020, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Thomas H. Barnes Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Dr. Thomas Michael Barnes (Jane); her daughter, Pam Barnes Essary (Bryan); her grandchildren, Dr. Alyson Fish (Mike), Stacy Barnes, Christen Essary (Brian), Kelly Benton (Mat), Joshua Nowell, Allison Courtois (David); and 13 great-grandchildren.

If you combined every rhinestone, sequin and ruffle in the state, you would never be able to compete with Martha’s collection of baubles. She loved gospel music, traveling the world and decorating for holidays. When her husband went off to fight in Korea, she prayed. When her family was sick or troubled, she prayed. When she and her husband were being held hostage by armed robbers, she prayed. When things were great and she was blessed, she prayed. And it paid off, because as she grew older and her body failed her, Jesus’ promise was fulfilled and she was made anew. She joined her beloved and handsome husband Tom, her siblings and parents in heaven for endless worship and revival — and she learned that heaven was even better than a Southern Baptist Convention. Please join us in your Sunday’s best hat for a celebration of life.

A funeral service will be held at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A celebration of life will be held an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at 3 p.m. at Monette Memorial Cemetery in Monette.

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