Woodrow Wilson Barnes

Male 1912 - 2001  (88 years)


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  • Name Woodrow Wilson Barnes 
    Born 8 Aug 1912  Burt, Cannon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Religion Church of Christ  [2
    Died 3 Jul 2001  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Smyrna Cemetery, Irving College, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1084  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2015 

    Father Robert Roy "Rob" Barnes,   b. 7 Mar 1876, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1923, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hayes,   b. 18 Aug 1882, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1968, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1903  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • ,by S.H.Templeton,JP
    Family ID F1255  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lilly Maple Rogers,   b. 12 Feb 1913, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1948, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1934  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Barnes
     2. Shirley Ann Barnes,   b. 4 Apr 1937, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 2004, Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2018 
    Family ID F411  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Aug 1912 - Burt, Cannon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Apr 1934 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jul 2001 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Smyrna Cemetery, Irving College, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • McMinnville resident and Warren County native Woodrow Wilson Barnes, 88, died July 3 at NHC Healthcare after an extended illness.

      A retired senior maintenance technician with 3M Company and a member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Robert Roy and Lizzie (Hayes) Barnes; and was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Maple Rogers.

      He is survived by his daughters, Mary Elizabeth Barnes and Shirley Ann Barnes, both of McMinnville; brothers, Lloyd Darrell Barnes of Washington and James Richard Barnes of Louisiana; niece, Evelyn Panter of McMinnville; nephews, Phillip Lappin of McMinnville and Henry Gulick of Morrison; and several other nieces and nephews.

      Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at High's Chapel with Lane Dix officiating. Burial will follow at Smyrna Cemetery.

      High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

      Southern Standard
      (McMinnville, Tenn.)
      July 4, 2001

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      November 1994:

      "My Recollections", by Woodrow Wilson Barnes,

      "The earliest memories I have were when we were living, just past Smyrna Church, before that, my family lived in Cannon County, of which I do not know, I was too young.

      My parents had just returned from Ryan, Oklahoma. Edna was born there, at my Uncle William Hayes' homes. Roy and I were born at Burt, in Cannon County. You go nearly to Readyville, turn to the left, Burt is about ten miles down that road. They must of lived there, five or six years, running a store for my Uncle William T. Barns. He sold the store, so they moved back to Warren County.

      One thing happened, while they were living there (told to me by Eugene Wiseman). Eugene's family, Uncle Greenberry Hayes family, fixed up a covered wagon, and went down to Burt to visit our family, for about a week. Big meetings were goin on, and Georgia Mead Hayes said that had a good time.

      Back to the house we bought near Smyrna, I could not have been more than six years old. I had to go to Clyde Etter's store, past the graveyard, but nothing happend, after I said to myself, these dead folks will not bother me, it's the lives one I had to look out for.

      We would visit the Stubblefield home to see our cousins, and stay all day, we had a good time, they had so many more playgrounds, there was a good time for all.

      This is where Darrell had his wreck on a bicycle, in a barbed wire fence. I had to quit my work (Depot Bottom) and go get him, and carry him to a doctor, to be sewed up. This was the last ride Darrell wanted.

      We children had always thought of Annie and Delia as sisters,not half-sisters. Livie and Delia lived at first on the Myer's Cove Road.

      I went to school just below there, a large school house (one-room) across from Dee Turner's. One time the river got up very high, I was at school at that time. A great tree came down, and hit the bridge and flipped the bridge over on it's back. There I was on the wrong side to get home.

      I stayed a week with Stewart and Delia. Dad walked and went around to Myer's Cove. That bridge was alright, that's how I got back home.

      Livie and Delia moved up to Stewart's old home where they had good apple orchards.

      When we moved across the river, 1919 Christmas Day, it was snowing. I rode with the first load, buried up with quilts, going down that big hill to the river (it was up), we went ahead , on up the Hennessee graveyard, next, on the same side of the road, was a new log home. We had never had one up to now. I got down and went into the house. There were several there. What I liked best was a large fireplace with a real hot fire.

      My dad built a metal arm that would swing out over the fire, to cook with. In the wintertime, and on the cold days, we would gather around the fire and roast potatoes and peanuts, use a dutch oven, and work. There was always work to do on a farm.

      Getting the wood to last all winter was one of my fall jobs, and there were a few more to do before fall, such as gathering in, and storing away what we had grown, both in the fields, and in the garden, this had to be enough to last til spring, and swapping for things we could not grow.

      I remember a year, when the river was up. Mack and Annie had a new baby, and they waited to come over across the river. The river was higher, than they thought,but they tried it any way. The buggy began to float down the river, it landed on the island, where Mack had to wade out and get it, they were pretty will wet, in the winter time.

      One of my first jobs, was that of riding our old horse, to Shellsford mill, to take a 100 lb.bag of corn, to make our meal. I was about six or seven years old, and my dad, Rob., had to put it on the horse, one time the sack of meal, and I fell off, they had to come and put me, and sack, back on. At the mill, the miller put it on for me.

      In the winter, we went to school, at old Smyrna school in Myers Cive. Most of the time in rain or now.

      It was not long until I was introduced to the plow handles, and from then on work, work, work.

      One other thing come to my mind, we had a melon patch, it was back away form the road. We were saving a large water melon, for the seed, for next year, we had it covered over with grass, first thing we knew it was gone, and no one knew any thing about it.

      I was over to my sister Rachel, my sister's house one day, we were talking about old times, and I recalled the stolen seed melon story, and Rachel laughed and said she knew all about that, she said, they had had company, that day, among others, N.B.Jones,Jr., Georgia Hayes, Ethel and Rachel, my sisters, they wanted something to do, so they slipped out to the melon patch, got the seed melon, carried it away and eat it. That was first time I learned what had happened to the melon.

      We would visit Mack and Annie and Stewart Fairbanks,in Jones Hollow, fill up a wagon, with food and people, and have a good time.

      Another time I remember, it was spring of the year. The river was up, back up somewhere on Collins river (near Irving College) they had cut down a lot of trees, and made into logs, and had placed them near the river, and when the river was high enough, they would hire men to raft them down the Shellsford Sawmill, to be made into lumber. This was a rough job.

      My father was one of the men who rode the logs, and guided them away from obstructions. To get them there, he said, they didn't have too much trouble.

      Now a word about by grey headed baby brother, Richard James (an artist) can tell more tall tales than Paul Bunyon."

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      Lived in McMinnville. Well-liked Warren County Historian.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S190] The Barnes Family, Woodrow,Mary and Shirley | Long-time Researchers of Warren County, Tennessee Families & History (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S12102] "Woodrow Wilson Barnes (1912-2001)", Amateur Warren County Tennessee historian, Profile, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-b.

    3. [S6658] "Warren County,TN Marriages: 1900-1950", transcribed & compiled by A.C.Hillis, p. 31 (Reliability: 3).