John M. Barnes, 72, of Little Rock passed away Thursday, January 18, at Baptist Health Medical Center. He was born February 28, 1945 in Ola, Arkansas to the late Claude J. Barnes and Delora Summitt Barnes. He graduated from McGehee High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
A dedicated insurance professional, he established the John M. Barnes Farmers Insurance Agency in 1975 serving his many clients for over 32 years. John loved life, his family and sharing good times with a wide variety of friends. Weekends with friends' boats gathered at a special Lake Hamilton cove, afternoons at Oaklawn or fishing and camping on Lake Ouachita were some of his favorite times. Early mornings with his McDonald's coffee group, followed by daily workouts at the gym brought him and even more friends together. He was an avid reader, country and bluegrass guitar player and proud Corvette driver. He loved traveling, especially on international cruises, with Linda, his wife of 45 years, his soulmate and best friend.
He is survived by Linda Harris Barnes, his wife, of Little Rock; sister, Nancy Barnes Lovin (Deon), and nephews, Levi Lovin (Nikki) of Heber Springs and Mike Harris (Lisa) of Tyler, Texas.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock (501)224-8300. A celebration of Johnís life will be on 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 25 at St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock where he was a member for 25 years. A reception will follow the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance at 1400 West Markham, Suite #304, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.