RALEIGH — Former N.C. Senator Henson Barnes passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
Barnes resided in Raleigh but formerly resided in Goldsboro and White Lake. He was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives representing Goldsboro and Wayne County in 1974. He was then elected to the N.C. Senate in 1976 representing Green and Wayne counties. He served as president Pro-Tempore of the N.C. Senate from 1988-1992.
As a member of the N.C. Senate, Barnes saw many accomplishments including increasing teacher pay, increasing the number of state parks and I-795 in Wilson and Wayne counties.
Barnes is survived by his daughter Rebecca B. Kinsey and husband Jay Kinsey of Goldsboro, and daughter Amy B. Patrick and husband Ray Patrick of Raleigh. In addition, he is survived by three grandchildren: John Kinsey, III, Jonathan Babb, Jr. and Brooke Babb. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine (Kitty) Allen Barnes.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Goldsboro, 125 S. John Street, at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 25th with the Reverend Dr. Glenn Phillips, Jr. officiating.
Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, in the church fellowship hall. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Beard’s Chapel Cemetery, 7626 US Hwy 701 N., White Lake, with the Rev. David Elks officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615; First Baptist Church, 125 S. John Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530. and Beard’s Chapel Baptist Church, 6504 US Hwy 701 N., Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
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