Billie Byron Barnes


Mr. Billie Byron Barnes, age 85, passed away Tuesday March 22, 2016 at the Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City.
Mr. Barnes was a native of the town of Gray and son of the late George Edgar Barnes and Eula Barnes Tomlinson. He was preceded in death by his son, Byron Scott Barnes, his twin sister, Bonnie B. Gray, brother, John U. Barnes and sister, Frances Bray.
He retired from Tennessee Eastman in 1992 after 38 years of service, prior to that he served as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army for five years.
He was a member of Gray United Methodist Church and attended Tri-Cities Baptist Church. Also active in the community, he served as President of the Gray Community Chest and served two terms in the Washington County Election Commission.
Survivors include two daughters and son-in laws and one son and daughter in law, Deborah and Lee Watkins, Mableton, GA, Donna and Mike Saylor, Jonesborough, Tony and Stephanie Barnes, Gray. Daughter-in-law, Mary Lynn Barnes. Grandchildren, Elliott Cox, Atlanta, GA, Brad Barnes, Gray, Brittany Huff, Johnson City, Byron Barnes, Johnson City, Maria Barnes, Johnson City and Great Grandson, Sawyer Barnes, Gray.
A celebration of life services will be conducted 1:00 PM Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Dr. Ralph Kidd and Minister Clinton Andrews officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00-1:00 PM Thursday prior to the service. Interment services will follow at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Elliott Cox, Brad Barnes, Byron Barnes, Son-in-laws Lee Watkins and Mike Saylor, and husband of Brittany Huff, Ryne Huff, honorary Pallbearer is Mark Lilly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gray United Methodist Church, Apple Butter Fund, P.O. Box 8068, Gray TN 37615 or Gray Community Chest, P.O. Box 8024, Gray TN 37615. The Family would also like to thank the V.A.. Medical Center, Mountain States Hospice and the Lakebridge Health Care Center staffs for their exceptional care.

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03-24-2016 Brenda C. Brinkley and James W. Brinkley IV
Byron and Family: Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
03-24-2016 Bob Coates
Tony, Debbie, and family...Your kind and loving lives are gifts you have given to all of us from your Mom and Dad's love of the Lord. We are grateful for your endeared lives.My effectual memory of your dad evokes my heart in prayer for each of you.
03-24-2016 Jeffery and Transy (Barron) Carico
We just learned of your lose and want to extend our condolences to the whole family. We will keep you all in our prayers.
03-23-2016 Kevin Jones
To Tony and family, So sorry for your loss. From the eulogy it sounds like he was a great man. Take comfort in knowing he's in a better place. Kevin and Denise Jones
03-23-2016 Kay Wallen
Tony, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Our heavenly Father will see you through this difficult time. God bless you all.
03-23-2016 Carroll Foster
sorry to here about bill he was a good friend of mine sorry I can not com e to the service I will be in knoxville
03-23-2016 Chris Moore
Tony and Family, The Moore family extends our condolences to you in your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
03-23-2016 Connie & Chris Wilson
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace & comfort for your family during this difficult time. Love to all, Chris & Connie Wilson
03-23-2016 Terry and Teresa Head
Tony,Debbie,and Donna So sorry to hear about your Dad he will be missed.We miss ours every day but it good to know that their in a much better place.May God be with you all and give you peace.Sorry we can't be with you at this time.
03-22-2016 Vicki Bledsoe
Dear Tony and Family, So sorry for the loss of your Father. God Bless each one of you . Prayers and Healing for your grieving hearts. Vicki Bledsoe


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