Hamilton Funeral Chapel
726 S Tarboro
Wilson, NC 27893


Bennie Barnes

June 15, 1921 - August 25, 2013

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Mr. Bennie Barnes, age 92 of 22 N. Donar Court, Columbia, SC., and formerly of Wilson County, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Bennie Barnes was the son of the late Bud Moore and Fannie McClain.

A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, September 1. 2013 at
St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), 605 S. Douglas Street, Wilson, NC. Bishop Malcolm Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow at Hamilton Burial Garden, Lane St., Wilson, NC.

He was born June 15, 1921, in the Elm City, NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Nina Barnes of April of this year, brother, ST Moore "Dorsey", granddaughters: Nina Moore, Chrissy Davis, and Ashley Godwin and grandsons: Jarrell Moore, Shameek Moore and Wallace Wright.

Friends and family affectionatley knew him as "Little Jack: and "Cadillac Jack". He attended Wilson County Public Schools until relocating to New York City. He became a successful entrepreneur and and electrical engineer by trade, operating three record and TV/radio repair shops, "Bennie's TV" stores in Brooklyn, NY for over 32 years.

Being a civil rights activist, and lover of baseball, Mr. Bennie participated in history in the making (with his attendance to the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers game when Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier) being the first African American to play in the Major Baseball League. In, 1963, he attended the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bennie moved back to North Carolina in the 1970's and made Wilson his home. He attended Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. He managed a farm raising chicken, hogs, geese, guinea hens, turkeys, and a host of other animals. He farmed his land until the mid 2000's. As an active leader in the church and community, he volunteered his time to local schools, museums, and charities. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes played an active role in the elections of President Bill Clinton and President Barrack Obama.

Precious memories are shared by his brother: William "Duke" Moore, his sons: Bennie Lee Horne, Eugene Williamston, Benjamin Spurgeon, Larry Moore, Ricky Moore, and Michael Moore; his daughters: Fannie Wright, Joan Goodwin, Bonnie Moore and Lisa Moore; his step-daughter: Tammy Moore; his God-daughter: Gerri B. Sistrunk; his grandchildren; Lamont Speight, Shelia Melendez, Christina Wright, Kai Glover, Terry Wright, Darren Wright, Michael Moore, Jr., Shannon Moore, Lakita Spurgeon, Dontay Echoles-Moore, Bennie Morales, Jabell Morales, Jamal Matherson and Melanie Goodwin; over sixty great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

A public viewing will take place Saturday from 4-7 pm at Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 726 Taraboro St. SW., Wilson, NC.