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Jean Barnes, 86
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Funeral services for Jean Barnes, 86, of Cookeville, were held Saturday at Collegeside Church of Christ with Joe Roberts officiating. Graveside services and interment were held at Ivy Bluff Cemetery in Morrison.
Mrs. Barnes died Thursday morning, July 31, at her home.
She was born Nov. 8, 1927 at Ivy Bluff in Cannon County to the late Cyril and Frances (Hartman) Banks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, LaDarce VanHooser of Ooltewah, and Patsy Lane of Old Hickory.
Ms. Barnes was a member of Collegeside Church of Christ. Her church family was important to her.
She was retired from General Telephone Company of the Southeast with over 25 years of service. She was the first female plant supervisor in GTE Southeast, and the first female exchange manager in Tazewell, Va. She later worked in Dalton, Ga., and Bluefield, W.Va., before transferring back to Cookeville in 1979.
Ms. Barnes was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. She also liked to dove hunt. At 85 years of age, she had not missed dove hunting on opening day of the season in over 50 years. She loved to garden, freeze and can food and then share that food with friends and family. She often prepared food for shut-ins, and was known for her friendliness, winning smile, and interaction with students. Her favorite hobbies were oil painting and making quilts for family members. Ms. Barnes was a member of Cookeville Pilot Club and Cookeville Senior Citizens Center, where she served on the board of directors for 16 years.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Lucy of Columbia; two daughters and son-in-law, Jean (B.J.) and Randy Shope of Atlanta, Ga., Cindy Setters and fiancée Jack Rick of Cookeville; grandchildren, Clay Barnes and wife Emily of Thompsons Station, Carrie Campbell and husband Sean of Athens, Ga., Justin Shope and wife Amy of Auburn, Ga., Sean Setters of Cookeville; six precious great-grandchildren, Kate and Evan Barnes, Bethany and Tyler Shope, Charlotte and Grady Campbell; several nieces, great nieces and nephews, cousins; and a host of friends and neighbors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Collegeside Church of Christ Building Fund 252 East 9th Street Cookeville, 38501, Jeff Reese, Dominican Republic Mission Fund c/o Red Bank Church of Christ 3600 Dayton Boulevard Chattanooga, 37415, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, Va., 22312.
Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home (931-526-6111) is in charge of arrangements.
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