David Barnes, a husband, father, and grandad, of Lincolnton, North Carolina, passed away the early morning hours of December 17, 2019, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. We deeply miss his wit and humor, but are comforted to know that David went to sleep in Christ, whom He never failed to lean upon his entire adult life. He was 58 years old.

David was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. The youngest of four sons of Elmoe and Donna Barnes. He attended Capital High school. He married his wife Deana Cooper of Middleton, Idaho, in 1982. They  have three children together. He worked among the trades in the early years as a welder, and HVAC installer. He joined the Brotherhood of Sheet Metal Workers in the mid 1990’s, and worked as a sheet metal mechanic until the time of his death. David enjoyed his work and the comradery he had with other tradesman in the field, making lasting friendships among them. David and Deana moved out of Idaho in 1998 as Deana took on a career in the hospitality industry. David and Deana settled in North Carolina, and have been living there since 2004.  He was a member of the local Sheet Metal Workers Union #5 of Tennessee and North Carolina. David has eight grand children. He was proceeded in death by his father, mother, and eldest brother, Greg. He is survived by a son, Michael Martinez, of Denver Colorado. He is also survived by his wife of 37 years, Deana, and their three children David “Levi” Barnes,  and his wife Angie;  a daughter, Crystal Barnes Hodges, and her children. His youngest son Uriah Barnes, and his wife Tara, and their children; all of North Carolina. His brothers Brian Barnes of Nampa, Idaho, and Steven Barnes of Boise. David will be loved and remembered by all who knew him as a friend, among friends, and a funny guy that had a lasting impression on everyone he met. He enjoyed hiking and camping with his sons before the debilitating effects of his illness, set in. He loved music, and could sing in perfect pitch, often joining his daughter in song, in worship meetings, and at home. He had a kind way with animals, and if you gave him enough time he would have every rabbit, duck, squirrel, and bird, in your back yard hanging out with you, because David was there. He was a supporter of various Christian ministries, and outreaches; including those his family were involved in. He loved to share Christ and would often approach people on the street that was in need, to do so. Understanding first hand the pain and heart ache addictions caused in a person’s life.

The family engaged in a celebration of life, for David, with a hike and breakfast on South Mountain, Saturday December 21, 2019. 

Rest in your reward dear husband, daddy, and papa. For us we know that sorrow endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 We will see you again. 

Rather than gifts and flowers the family has requested memorials be sent to  Samaritans Purse for Christian Refugees. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/help-persecuted-christians/

Memorial Page. Index Barnes, David.