Oliver Ray Barnes, better know as “Ollie”, was born on May 30, 1939 to the late Johnny Barnes, Sr. (stepfather) and Mary Lency Barnes
in Wilson County. He departed this life on Friday evening, April 15, 2022.
On August 25, 1974, Oliver Barnes was joined in holy matrimony to Pearley Ledwell. He was employed with Ramtex in Ramseur, NC for over 25 years.
Ollie moved from Wilson and stayed with his Aunt Cleo and his Uncle Brim for 10 years then moved out on his own in Asheboro NC. He had a great love for his family and encouraged young people to strive to be their best. Ollie was a hard worker and loved singing. Until his health failed him, he sang with the Revivaliers and other singing groups. He was the writer of the gospel song called “Role Call.” He loved drinking Pepsi's, nabs, and tootsie roll pops. Whenever you would visit Ollie or wherever you would see him, he was the “man with a smile.”
Ollie was an active and faithful member of First Pentecostal Church even during the time he lived at Woodland Hill Nursing Home, Asheboro, NC. He will be greatly missed by the workers and residents of the nursing home and the members of First Pentecostal Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearley Ledwell Barnes and three brothers, Herman, Clifton (Ballie), and George; five sisters, Leslie, Shirley (Ann), Debbie, Regina, and Linda.
He leaves his cherished memories to his four daughters, Shawna Jones of High Point NC, Terrie Cheek (Reginald) of Fayetteville NC, Sandra Withers (Martin) of Atlanta Georgia, and Tammie Stewart (Prince) of Greensboro NC; one brother Johnny Barnes; twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.