William Houston Barnes, Jr.
May 2nd, 1926 – May 10th, 2012
William Houston Barnes, Jr., was born on May 2, 1926 in Atchison, Kansas. William was the second of four children born to Gladys MeDora (Richardson) and William Houston Barnes, Sr. William, affectionately known as “Barney” to his family and friends, and also June by his siblings, nephews and nieces.
He gave his life to Christ in 1940 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atchison, Kansas. Barney married Phillis Ann (Bolton) in 1963 and together they raised their four children; Jerald Houston Barnes, Sharon Yevonne Douglas, Lew Eric Barnes and Jon Arthur Barnes. For 38 years, Barney and Phyllis were dedicated to each other until her passing in 2001.
He is preceded in death by his Father, William Barnes Sr., his Mother, Mrs. Gladys Barnes, his wife Phillis Ann Barnes, and his sister Frances Snoddy. He leaves to cherish his memory, sons Jerald Houston Barnes wife Deborah, Lew Eric Barnes wife Kim, Jon Arthur Barnes wife Tricia and daughter Sharon Yevonne Douglas; grandchildren, Andre Barnes, Kendra Douglas, Janesha Moore husband Naim, Jerald Houston Barnes II, Kristen Rashawn Carter, Pete Ambrocio IV, Ariane Cipriana Ambrocio, Gabrielle C’mone Barnes, Geraldine Zoe Barnes, Sydney Jordan Barnes, Debron Ceejay Barnes and Candice Joy Barnes; great-granchildren Jayden Ladasinay Douglas, Nyanna Love Moore and Naim Arthur Moore; brother Ronald Barnes and sister Elaine Tittsworth and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and in-laws.
He served in the U.S. Navy in 1944. Shortly after his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to Kansas and later graduated with an Accounting Degree from Emporia State. Barney shortly thereafter moved to San Diego, California and lived here ever since.
In 1956, Barney was employed by the City of San Diego as a Fireman and after training worked for the Fire Department first as a Hose-man and later he was promoted to the position of Engineer. He retired from the Fire Dept. in 1986 after 30 years of faithful service to the City of San Diego all while assigned to Fire Station 19 the busiest fire station in the city and county located in Southeast San Diego. Barney was also one of the founding members of Brothers United of San Diego.
Barney was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, playing basketball, baseball, golf, and billiards. A few of his most loved hobbies were fixing televisions (self taught), playing cards, and relaxing in his reclining chair while watching sports on T.V.