FORT FAIRFIELD – Otis R. Barnes, 85, husband of the late Anna L. (Cumming) Barnes, passed away Monday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, at a Caribou health care facility, after a brief illness. He was born July 19, 1924, in Mapleton, the son of Elbridge D. and Ethel (Clark) Barnes. He was educated in the Fort Fairfield school system and served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany. He was married to Anna L. Cumming, Dec. 31, 1948. After Anna’s death, Otis was married to Betty Nichols Hartley, Dec. 1, 1975. He had been employed by SAD 20, Fort Fairfield, as a bus driver for more than 30 years and was a member of Fort Fairfield Bethel Baptist Church. Otis was an avid fisherman and was well known for his Saturday night baked beans. In addition to his parents, Mr. Barnes was predeceased by his first wife, Anna L. Barnes, April 10, 1970; three brothers, Elwood, Stanley and Lenwood Barnes; and three sisters, Roberta Goodspeed, Angeline Littlefield and Velma Swain. Otis was also predeceased by his dear friends and fishing companions, Clarence St. Peter and Tom McKinnon. He is survived by his second wife and dear friend, Betty Hartley of Fort Fairfield; four sons, Rev. Dale Barnes and his wife, Jan, of Deatsville, Ala., John Barnes and his wife, Lois, of Caribou, Alan Barnes and his wife, Sue, of Washburn and Neil D. Barnes of Fort Fairfield; one daughter, Sherry Hartley LaFaver and her husband, Allen, of Presque Isle; 11 grandchildren, Angel Ramirez and her husband, Oswald, Melissa Cote, all of Gainsville, Ala., Jessica Barnes of Fort Fairfield, Jordan LaFaver, Robert Flynn and his wife, Jennifer, all of Presque Isle, Michael Flynn, Christy Bassett and her husband, Jeffrey, all of Manassas, Va., Bobby Barnes of Canton, Conn., Chrissy Alderson of Attleboro, Mass., Angela St. Pierre and her husband, John, of Fort Fairfield and Karen Hayes and her husband, Ryan, of Easton; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where the funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, with the Rev. Dale Barnes officiating. The interment service with military honors will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held after the interment at VFW Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, 130 Presque Isle St., Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Barnes to the Maine Veterans’ Home, 163 Van Buren Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
OTIS R. BARNES
Posted Aug. 11, 2009, at 7:52 p.m.