Sara McKnight Barnes, a resident of Abbeville, died Sunday morning, November 4, 2012, at her home. She was 83.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Danny Quincey and Reverend Ray S. Reiley officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery. Holman-Abbeville Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday at the mortuary in Abbeville.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Henry Reynolds, 3945 County Road 40, Newville, AL 36353 or to the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Robb Cleveland, 5651 State Highway 27, Newville, AL 36353.
Mrs. Barnes was born in Hurtsboro, Alabama and was reared in the Union Community of Henry County, daughter of the late Olen Curtis McKnight and Jessie Tison McKnight. She lived in Abbeville all her adult lifetime where she and her husband formerly owned and operated Barnes Grocery and Market and also White's Home and Auto. In later years, Mrs. Barnes was employed by Henry County Board of Education as a school bus driver. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by two brothers, Dan McKnight and Roy McKnight.
Surviving relatives include her husband of sixty six years, Aaron Lamar Barnes, Abbeville; a daughter, Patricia Ann Weaver (Russell K), Gulf Breeze, FL; two sons, Curt Barnes (Marilyn), Dothan; and Keith Barnes (Debbie), Capps community; a brother, Joe McKnight (June), Abbeville; seven grandchildren, Michael Weaver (Kandice), Jason Weaver (Emily), Adam Jones (Pam), Aaron Jones (Carrie), Jessica Barnes, Sarah Barnes and Lauren Barnes, ten great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.