Franklin Eugene Barnes, 86, of the New Bethel community, passed away July 4, 2021 at his home.

Born October 24, 1934, in Banks County, he was the son of the late Leonard R. and Reba Garrison, Barnes. He was the brother and brother-in-law of the late Swayne and Carol Barnes, George and Peggy Barnes, and Joseph and Betty Barnes; He was the father-in-law of the late Roger Thurmond. He worked for Coates and Clark for 40 years. He was one of the founding member of the Double Churches Fire Department and served many years as chaplain.  He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church for 40 years. During that time he served as Chairman of the Deacons seven terms, Sunday school Superintendent, Cemetery Chairman, and Church Custodian.

He is survived by his wife Freddie McFarlin Barnes; daughter Susan Barnes Thurmond and Oscar Deleon; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Tracey Barnes; five grandchildren, Michael Hallford, Dustin Hallford, Jeremy and Brittainy Barnes, Corey Barnes, and Devin Thurmond; three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jacey, and Lilah; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Carolyn Barnes, Eastanollee; sister and brother-in law, Bonnie and Leon Ivey, Dallas, Ga; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Billy and Gloria Stovall, Toccoa.

Services will be 7pm Tuesday evening at the B D Ginn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Tommy Childress, Rev. Ricky McFarlin, and Rev. Stacey Penland.  Interment will be Wednesday morning at New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The body is at Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville.  The family is at the home.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7pm Tuesday prior to the service.  Friends may also pay their respects all day Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at ginnfuneralhome.com.