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Gordon Barnes Jr.

March 14, 1943 ~ August 3, 2022 (age 79)


Gordon Barnes, Jr. was born on March 14, 1943, in Alexander City, Alabama, to Juanita and Gordon Barnes, Sr. Gordon Jr. was the eldest of four children born to this union.  His parents preceded him in death.

In 1945, Gordon Barnes, Sr. moved his family to Detroit Michigan, to escape the social and economic oppression of the Deep South.

Gordon Jr. was an exceptional child.  There were depths to him that made him seem older than his years.  Early on, he began to exhibit those unique attributes and qualities that would define his character, for the rest of his life.

After graduating from Central High School in Detroit at seventeen, he joined the Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Forrestal, during the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962.  After being honorably discharged in 1964, he married his “lady in waiting”, Glenda Bolden.  To this union four children were born, two daughters and two sons.

Ever the man with a plan, after marriage Gordon took evening classes at Cass Technical High School, with designs on pursuing a career in Mechanical drafting.  This eventually landed him a position at General Motors, where he was employed from 1975, until his retirement in 2006.

In 1982, he would remarry, to Lois Staley, his soul mate.  They would share their lives together for forty years, until his death.  To this union two children were born, a son and a daughter. 

As extraordinary men tend to be, Gordon was many things to many people.  He was a man’s Man, serious, disciplined, focused and purpose-driven.  He possessed a strength of character and integrity that is rarely seen today.  Yes, he was all those things and more but, first and foremost he was a spiritual man—a Saved man!  There was a depth and clarity to his thinking that could have only come from a genuine and profound relationship with God.  I have no doubt that Gordon is at rest in the presence of the Lord, even now.  It is for us that remain, to strive to live up to those high spiritual and moral standards.  He not only advocated, but strove with everything in him to set the example, to show the way, and to leave a legacy behind for us to follow.

Gordon Barnes, Jr. departed this life on August 3, 2022.  He leaves to cherish the memories of his life: his devoted wife, Lois, three sons, Gordon Barnes III (Kim), Patrick Barnes, Erik Barnes (Kieu), three daughters, Marquette Barnes, Stacy West (Eric), Alyce Troche (Rodolfo); two brothers Wilbert Barnes (Lynette), Dwight Barnes (Eloma), one sister Patricia Farmer, one Aunt Minnie Barnes-Slaughter (John); nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, Relatives, Saints and Friends. Gordon Barnes, Jr. “the Chairman of the Board” (affectionally called) will be greatly missed.

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