In Loving Memory…

Carol A. Barnes

Carol A. Barnes, 80, of Sedalia passed away on July 13, 2020.  She was born February 16, 1940 in Marshall, MO to Walter E. Smith and Beulah A. (James) Smith, both of whom preceded her in death.

Carol attended grade schools in or near Buckner and graduated as salutatorian of her class in 1958 in the first class to attend all four years at Fort Osage High School.

After high school, Mrs. Barnes attended Central Missouri State College (now UCM) in Warrensburg, graduating with a Master’s Degree in vocal music and directing.

She then taught in the Independence, MO school district, and while teaching there met Mary Louise Barnes Waldrep, the sister of her future husband, Donald Barnes, who introduced her to Barnes, then a practicing lawyer in Sedalia.  They were married at Stone Church in Independence on June 14, 1964.

After moving to Sedalia in 1964, Carol taught music one year in the Knob Noster, MO schools and then became the first vocal music teacher at the newly opened State Fair Community College in Sedalia.  In the absence of vocal music facilities at the new college, often called Ply-wood U., she provided singing lessons in her home for college credit for SFCC students.

Mrs. Barnes then went on to become widely known in Sedalia as a soloist for 49 years in the annual Messiah performance sponsored by the Sedalia Symphony Society, a member of the Sedalia Symphony Board of Directors, President of the Helen G. Steele Music Club where she also directed the club choir for many years, director of her church choir, frequent soloist at local churches, and presented programs at local civic clubs and events in and around the Sedalia and Independence areas.

It was only seven hours after Mrs. Barnes provided the Sedalia Rotary Club Christmas program in 1965 that she gave birth to the Barnes’ first child, Donald Gregory Barnes, at Bothwell Hospital, their Christmas present to themselves and an unexpected tax deduction for 1965.  The Barnes family expanded again on their wedding anniversary in 1968 when their second son, Mark Erin Barnes, was born on June 14, 1968.

Carol proved to be an effective political advocate for her husband when he was first elected Circuit Judge in 1976.  She went door-to-door campaigning with him in Pettis and Cooper Counties including during a sleet storm in Bunceton on the Monday evening before the November election the following day.  For the next 29 years, she campaigned for and supported her husband, Judge Barnes, until he retired from full-time service in 2005.

Carol was very active in her church, Community of Christ.  She served as an Elder and was Pastor from 1996-2000.  She also served in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, newsletter editor, women’s leader, and director of adult and children’s choirs.  She had been a member of the Pettis County Minister’s Association, served as a chaplain at Bothwell Regional Health Center, and was a longtime active member of Church Women United from whom she received the Valiant Woman award.

Carol Barnes was one of six children born to her parents – Joseph W. Smith who died in 2013, John A. Smith who died in 2006, Willard H. Smith (Dianne) of Omaha, NE, Elsa Mae Brooks (Albert) of Mt. Joy, PA, and James A. Smith (Brenda) of Independence, MO.  She and Judge Donald Barnes who survives of the home were parents of Donald G. Barnes (Marie) of Lee’s Summit, MO and Mark E. Barnes of St. Louis, MO. Also surviving are granddaughter Alyssa Barnes and great-grandson Seren, both of Lee’s Summit, MO and sisters-in-law Mary Louise Waldrep (Don) of Sedalia and Miree Smith of Pryor, OK along with many other relatives. She was also preceded in death by sisters-in-law Audrey Smith and Isabella D. Smith.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020, at First United Methodist Church on Thompson Boulevard in Sedalia. Those attending are asked to observe social distancing and wear a mask.

The service will be livestreamed on Heckart Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Sedalia Community of Christ or Helen G. Steele Music Club, in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


28 Responses

  1. My most sincere condolences to all of Carol’s family. I have such wonderful memories of her sharing her beautiful singing talents. May your memories bring you comfort.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Trisch Domingue

  2. Our deepest condolences to the family of Carol . Her beautiful voice and her beautiful personality will be missed. She always showed love to those around her. May your love for her never leave you through your memories.
    Ed and Betty Hopkins

  3. I’m so very sorry for the families loss. Praying for all of you.
    Sincerely, Janet Clark

  4. My sincere Condolences to her family. Mrs Barnes was a dear sweet lady who I had the privilege of getting to know and sing with during the Messiah, and Sedalia Chorale Society over the years. She will be truly missed.

  5. Dear Don and Family, please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayers at this tragic time. Know I am praying for you all and with God’s grace, thine will be done. Sincerely, Pam McGrath

  6. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Carol Barnes. She was a wonderful lady and she will be missed. May God comfort those she left behind.

  7. she be missy friend and family prayer family she like mother to and sister rose to we missy .cathy ROWLETTE DAVID BISHOP CHURCH HER LOVE SINGER TO.

  8. Prayers for comfort to her family and friends – they were long time neighbors to our family members!

  9. We first met Carol January 25, 1969, when she sang at Mike and my wedding. Later I got to know her better through Church Women United and other community events. She was a sweet lady and a friend to all and will be missed by many. Such a tragedy! Our sincere condolences.

  10. Dear Don Greg and Mark I send my heartfelt sympathies in Carols death You have all been extended family Love Peggy Giokaris

  11. From all of us of the Smith-Cotton “Class of ’53”, sincere sympathy, Don, Carol has been a joy to know at the reunions. Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery and know that Carol will be missed by all. A sad time made so much worse because of the virus situation these days. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Judge Barnes, Yvonne and I are remembering you in the passing of Carol. We wish you the best in your own recovery from the accident. Yvonne and I appreciate your taking time to visit with us in your chambers at the court house when we were in Sedalia close to 30 years ago. May our Lord and memories comfort you and your family during this time.

  13. I knew Carol through my Great-Aunt and Uncle. She was a remarkable lady, I always enjoyed talking with her. She was a very gifted musician with a beautiful heart. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
    God Bless,
    Sara Bass

  14. I first got to know Carol back in the 1980s as we worked together in efforts to benefit the Native American people, as well as in church activities. I found Carol to be the kind of person who, when seeing a need, did not say “someone ought to do something” but instead she went to work. She left the world a better place for having been here. The loss of such a valued friend is deeply felt. My prayers are with Don, the family, and all her loved ones.
    John Moody

  15. My husband Hank and I are so very sorry about the loss of Carol in a totally unexpected accident that also seriously injured Don. When we would return to
    Sedalia for my Smith-Cotton High School reunions, we would stay at the home of Carol and Don. She was a marvelous hostess and a sweet, loving person who worked for the good of her church and community. Carol always had a big smile and a big heart. It was a joy to hear her sing. I know her talent touched her listeners. Our sincere sympathy to Don, Greg and Marie and their daughter and granddaughter, and to Mark.

  16. Dear Judge Donald,
    Donald, Mark and Family, My deepest condolences to you all. I have enjoyed seeing your parents for many years in Sedalia and enjoying their time together. My heart breaks for you, the tragedy was to much. I am sorry for your loss. Judge Donald and Carol were a beautiful couple. I am praying your Dad is recouping well. I lost my Mom last May. It’s still tough, it was expected. This loss was so devastatingly unfair.
    Janet Fairchild Roberts

  17. It was my privilege to know Carol Barnes. Once you met her, the sweet caring spirit for others, touched your heart. Enjoyed her ministry through the word and music. “Well done good and faithful servant”

  18. So so sorry for your loss, remember the wonderful memories and she will forever live in your heart sue martin

  19. Dear Judge and family. I feel like I lost a true friend and will miss Carol very much. I enjoyed visiting you both so much and am praying for you all
    May much love and comfort come from God.

  20. I will miss her smile and her hugs. She was one of the best examples of what it means to be a Christian. She had a genuine kindness that radiated from her like the rays from the Sun.
    Prayers for the family during this time of sorrow.

  21. Donald and family, you are in my prayers. Donald, I have many wonderful memories from the times I have spent with you both. Words seem inadequate except for love, Carole exemplified what it meant to love God and others. Her life, a beautiful example for each of us. Love and hugs.

  22. There was a little piece of Gods choir here in earth while you attended it. Those old hymns aren’t the same with you!

  23. Dear Don and Family:
    We regret that we cannot be present to offer our sympathy in person, but please know that you remain in our thoughts and in our prayers as you have for the last few months. Sincerely, Jack and Betty Blackwell

  24. Carol was a great singer (God’s gift), had a smile that drew everyone in; she was a talker but even more, she was a “do-er”. I am blessed to call her friend and sister. Praying for the family. She will be missed but she will be remembered.

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