Early Tuesday morning on March 25, 2014 God dispatched his angels to bring his child home. Mother Willie Mae Cannon Barney transitioned from earth to glory at the Appling Healthcare Pavilion in Baxley. Mother Barney was born July 22, 1924 in Alamo (Wheeler County) to the parentage of the late Jack Cannon and the late Bessie Cannon. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Samuel L. Barney, Jr.
Mother Barney was a faithful member of Upper Room Temple Church of Christ Holiness Unto the Lord, Inc. where Elder Joseph Lumpkin served as her pastor. She loved God with all of her heart and soul and served as the Mother of the church, member of the Women’s Auxiliary and was a very faithful member of the Sunday school.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Edna Mae Hicks and brothers, Rosie Cannon, Flozell Dupree, Junior James Cannon, Robert Dale Dupree, Roosevelt Hicks and Sylvester Thompson, and a daughter-in-law, Alma Barney and a son-in-law, Eugene Burden.
She is survived by her loving children, Geraldine (Earnest) Burden, Dallis Barney, both of Baxley, Ethel Mae (Eugene) Harris of Savannah, Rosa Lee (Bobby) Rogers, Mildred (Arnold) Davis, Betty Jean (Mitchell) Smith and Troy Lee (Vondola) Barney, Sr., all of Baxley; one sister, Clyde Murchison of Pembroke; one sister-in-law, Gertrude Gamble; 16 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Including Special friends, Alice Davis, Jimmie and Bell Hicks (like a son and daughter), Thomas Barney (nephew), Evangelist Rose Knight, Mary and Bobby Scott, Elder Gregory and Sadie Russell, Betty Ann Richardson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her church family.
Funeral services for Mother Barney were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 from the Upper Room Church of Christ Holiness Unto the Lord, Inc., 99 West Allen Street in Baxley, with Elder Gregory Russell presiding. Eulogy was given by Bishop Moses Lewis. Interment followed in Hall and Wilcox Family Cemetery in Hazlehurst.
Active pallbearers were Charles Williams, Sr., James Grant, Keith Rogers, Edward Barney, Charles Vann, Sr., Norris Barney, and Jakharis Jones.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Orlando Fernando, M.D. and staff, Appling Healthcare System Pavilion staff, nurses of Home Healthcare and the staff of Spanish Oaks Hospice.
Musical selections were rendered by the New Jerusalem Church Choir, Overseer Pastor Sarah Ruth Mims, and musical tribute by her grandchildren.