Nellie Joyner Barnes

October 13, 1928 - February 24, 2019

10/13/1928 - 02/24/2019

Past Services

Tuesday February 26, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Wednesday February 27, 2019
11:00 am
First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
312 Main Street West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Nellie Joyner Barnes, age 90, passed away on February 24, 2019 at the Accordius Health at Creekside Care of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Barnes was born on October 13, 1928 to Solon Lee and Celesta Vaughan Joyner in Murfreesboro, NC. Nellie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She worked in retail most of her life, acquiring many friends over the years. Nellie was a member of First Baptist Church in Ahoskie. She loved her family and cherished the time spent with them. Nellie was an exceptional cook and enjoyed her flowers and shopping. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Perry Barnes; and her brother, Vernon Joyner.

Nellie is survived by her daughter, Shirley Harrell and husband John of Murfreesboro; son, William Alan Barnes and wife Mary of Plymouth, NC; sister-in-law, Agnes Joyner; two granddaughters, Stephanie Conner and husband Chris of Murfreesboro, and Jenna Barnes Weathersbee and husband Brian of Fort Mill, SC; grandson, Brian Barnes and wife Callie of Fuquay Varina, NC great-grandson, Liam Conner of Murfreesboro; two great-granddaughters, Brileigh Weathersbee of Fort Mill, SC, and Hartleigh Conner of Murfreesboro; and a niece, Janet Stradley and husband Paul of Youngsville, NC.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Trey Gilliam officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Community Home Care and Hospice, 200 Green Street, Suite 203, Williamston, NC 27892 or online by clicking here, directly to Meherrin Baptist Church, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or online by clicking here, directly to the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Barnes family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Allen & Erlene Joyner
4 years ago

Shirley, so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mother & Father were such sweet neighbors for years . Allen & I thought the world of both of them. May God bless you and Alan at this time.

Seal Family
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss .

T.R Brown
4 years ago

Alan and Shirley
I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. We used to live across the street from you in Ahoskie . I remember your mother and father being very kind us and you and and you and Shirley also. You have my condolences she was a very nice lady.

Delores "Ms Dee"
4 years ago

Heyyyy Alan…soooh very sorry for you and your family’s loss. I send you my sincerest sympathy at this time. Prayers going up!

Nancy Harrell
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss. I certainly miss seeing Shirley and John on Thursday nights at Claudines. Praying for you and all of your family at this difficult time.

Phyllis Kirkland Roberts
4 years ago

So very sorry for your loss. May God grant you and your family comfort during this difficult time.

Kay Blowe Edwards
4 years ago

Shirley and family, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dear mother. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Darnell Williams
4 years ago

My sincere condolences to your family. God promises to fortify you and hold your hand during this difficult time Isaiah 41:10,13. Continue to rely on Him for comfort and strength.

Cheryl Amey
4 years ago

Sorry for your loss, and may God continue to strengthen you.
“The memory of the righteous is a blessing.” Proverbs 10:7

4 years ago