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Shirley Norris Barnes

October 7, 1939 — December 18, 2023


Shirley Norris Barnes

Shirley Norris Barnes, a beacon of love, beauty, and resilience, was born October 7, 1939, in Kerr, NC.  Graduating from Roseboro High School in 1957, she embarked on a life journey that epitomized grace and compassion.  On December 18, 2023, surrounded by the warmth of her family, she peacefully departed this world, leaving behind a legacy that echoes with love, compassion, and unwavering strength.  Now at rest, Shirley’s memory continues to illuminate the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know and love her.


Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Harmon Junius and Eunice Horne Norris, as well as her brothers, Leonard, Leroy, Eugene, Earl, and Perry.  Though they had gone before her, their memories remain alive in the hearts of those who knew and loved Shirley.


She is survived by her devoted husband, Edwin L. Barnes; her sister, Sallie Edwards of Oklahoma City, OK; her brother, Richard Norris of Sacramento, CA; and her sister-in-law, Phyllis Barnes of Charleston, WV.  Shirley’s nurturing spirit lives on in the hearts of her children and their spouses, Stephen and Babbe Barnes of Galax, VA, Michael and Marie Barnes of Ronceverte, WV, and Cynthia and Jon Palmer of Greenville, NC.


Her love extended to her grandchildren, Zachary Barnes and his spouse, Martin Herrera, Blake Barnes and his spouse, Macy Barnes, Bridgett Barnes, Katie Barnes, Brandon Barnes, and Julia Palmer.  Additionally, she leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Remington Cox and Brinleigh Barnes, who will forever cherish the love of their extraordinary great-grandmother.


Shirley’s life was a testament to the values she held dear.  She cultivated a legacy of love, care, and patience within her family.  She worked tirelessly to ensure their comfort and well-being, creating a haven of warmth and support.  Shirley’s beauty, both inside and out, made an indelible impact on all who were fortunate enough to be in her presence.


Her passions were as diverse as the flowers in her garden.  From cooking delicious meals to pier fishing on the coast, Shirley orchestrated family get-togethers with love and precision.  Yet, her most cherished hobby was spending time with her grandchildren, creating memories that will endure for generations.


Growing up in humble beginnings without running water, Shirley never forgot her roots.  Her heart overflowed with empathy for those less fortunate, and she dedicated herself to improving their lives.  As a beacon of hope, she once taught ABE classes at Alamance Community College, guiding her students with a passionate determination to see them graduate.


Shirley was the foundation and backbone of her family, weathering life’s storms with grace and resilience.  Her life’s journey was a testament to the enduring power of love, and her memory will forever be a source of inspiration for those who were privileged to know her.


In honoring Shirley Norris Barnes, let us remember her with gratitude for the love she shared, the lives she touched, and the lasting impact she leaves on the hearts of those who loved her.  May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the beauty she brought into the world.


A service of remembrance is being planned for a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship Fund, Camp Community College Foundation, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, VA  23851.


Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy, NC, is serving the family.

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