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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Nesbert Asbury “Bo” Barnes, 81, of Savannah, Georgia, husband of Louise Olliff Barnes and owner of Barnes Restaurants, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, October 16, 2009, at his home.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late Asbury Tillman Barnes and the late Vallie Brandt Barnes. Mr. Barnes was a lifelong and active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where he attended Sunday school and served as head usher. He volunteered for the United States Marine Corps Reserves and served in the United States Marine Corps Dog Company during the Korean War. Mr. Barnes retired from the Savannah Morning News after 22 years of service. In 1968, which was during his last year at the newspaper, he opened the Dairy Queen at Montgomery Street and Mills B. Lane and operated it until 1975. Mr. Barnes founded Barnes Restaurant in 1975 and owned and operated them until his death. He was a former member of Solomon’s Lodge #1 A. & F. M. and the Alee Shrine Temple. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Valeria Rumary.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Louise Olliff Barnes of Savannah, Georgia; two sons, Alan Brandt Barnes and his wife, Cynthia Creighton-Jones, and Hugh Lange Barnes and his wife, Gretchen, all of Savannah, Georgia; one sister, Barbara Ann Tyson and her husband, Tim, of Savannah, Georgia; four grandchildren, Caroline, Douglas, Jack and William; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o'clock Tuesday at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church conducted by The Reverend Peter J. Hartmann. Interment, with full military honors, will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Remembrances: Door of Hope Ministry – Post Office Box 2294, Evans, Georgia 30809-2294 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. Melinda Horton says:

    Mr Barnes will be missed. My prayers go out to his family

  2. Tom Mahoney says:

    Alan,Hugh and Family members,my sympathy to all of you on the loss of your Father.He was an extremely hard worker and was a success.He accomplished a lot and the family should be proud and remember all of the happy times.

  3. Dennis, Carolyn, Craig, and Crystal Sims says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. With our deepest sympathies,Love,Dennis, Carolyn, Craig, and Crystal

  4. Greg McGahee II says:

    Uncle Bo was such a great man! I have always looked up to him and his many accomplishments. He was so very good to our family and community. He will be sorely missed by us all. I remember how close he and my grandfather were and used to love to just sit and listen to them talk. I have always felt a closeness with him because of his past military experience and his work ethic. I greatly appreciate who he was and for giving so much of himself to our family, community and nation. He has given me so many pointers and jokes along the way to encourage me, and for that I am eternally greatful. I would not be who I am today were it not for a few men like him to help guide me. I am so glad that I knew him and proud I could call him family. To Hugh, Alan and Aunt Louise please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time.

  5. Ronnie "Bogie" Walker says:

    I first met Bo in 1972 when I started working at the News Press.Bo was really nice to me helping get started. We remained friend over the years. We will truly miss this outstanding man of Savannah.

  6. Michelle Frost says:

    I have been an employee for Mr. Barnes for 20 years, His impact on my life has been great; He was like a father to me and he will be greatly missed by myself and the rest of us who have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. Baker's Pride Family says:

    We will always remember Bo and Louise on Saturday evening coming by to get doughnuts for their Sunday School class. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your family at Baker’s Pride

  8. Herman and June Gold says:

    Louise and family,We are very sorry to hear about Bo. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

  9. John & Donetta Way says:

    Hugh,Alan,Mrs. Barnes and family, We are so sorry for your loss. All of my family has worked for, and along beside you for many years. We loved Mr. Barnes, he was always helpful and very pleasant to be around. It was nice to see him and he always ask about my children. He loved his grandchildren. We will love and miss him like part of our family. Take comfort in knowing what a wonderful person he was to others. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.John, Donetta, Kelly, Brittany and Jonathon

  10. Doug & Pam Andrews says:

    Bo Barnes loved his family and lived the American Dream — by hard work and devotion to his nation by service during the “Forgotten War” of Korea as a Dog Company Marine. He gave fully of himself in every facet of his life, to his family, his business, his nation, and to his God — and instilled in his sons that same work ethic that continues to make this country the best in the world — because of men like Bo Barnes.May he rest in peace.Doug And Pam Andrews

  11. Debbie Bell says:

    I worked at Barnes Restaurant on Whitemarsh Island for many years, and Mr. Barnes was one of the nicest men I ever met. He always had a smile and took time to say hello. I know he will be greatly missed, because he was an original and a true gentleman.

  12. jimmy rigdon says:

    Louise: My symphthy to you and your family in your loss.Jimmy Rigdon

  13. Howard Spiva says:

    An extraordinary, incredible and accomplished man.He served his country and Savannah well.I wish his family happy memories and peace.

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