March 7, 1936 - October 1, 2017
Charles Kenneth (Kenny) Barnes, 81, of Landis, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 1, 2017 surrounded by family in his home.
Born March 7, 1936 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Elmer Woodrow Barnes and Reba Nell Chapman Barnes. He was a graduate of Landis High School and attended Catawba College for two years.
Kenny worked 27 years for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier until his retirement in 1996. Outside of his work, he enjoyed photography and loved taking pictures of his grandchildren as well as many little league teams and weddings in the area. He also served as Board Alderman in 1983 and 1989 for the Town of Landis.
Kenny was a member of The Refuge Church (Salisbury) and is well remembered at other churches in the area, including West A Church of God and Grace Covenant Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his uncle and aunt, Robert and Hazel Spry, who assisted in raising him after his mother's death.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Nancy Bost Barnes; daughters: Kellie Mullis and husband, Scott, of Kannapolis; Karen Dudley and husband, Keith, of Fort Mill, SC; Kandie Lambert and husband, Terrell, of China Grove; and Kendra Groppi and husband, Darren, of Landis; grandchildren, Jeremy Mullis and wife, Kirstin, of Huntersville, Krista Lawing and husband, KC, of Huntersville, Whitney Owens and husband, Josh, of Kannapolis, Kevin Dudley, Daniel Groppi, Nathanael Lambert, Gabriel Groppi, and Tanner Groppi; great-granddaughter-to-be, Lennon Chaney Lawing; and cousins, Bobby and Darrell Spry (whom he resided with after his mother's death).
The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7 at The Refuge Church in Kannapolis, with a celebration of life service immediately following visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Cabarrus County-Tucker House in Kannapolis.