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Mrs. Nona Blanton Barnes, 89, of Austell, GA, died peacefully September 12, 2004 under the care of Haven House hospice in Atlanta. Born in Laurel, MS, in 1915, she was the daughter of L.C. and Mary L. Blanton. She graduated in 1937 from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS with a degree in math. After graduation, she worked for the Health Department in Laurel where she met and married Roy W. Barnes, of Picayune, MS, in 1943. After WWII, they moved to Atlanta where Roy attended Georgia Tech, and it was in Atlanta they made their home and raised their three sons. Upon her husbands untimely death in 1975, she returned to work at her husband’s real estate developmentt company, Hooker-Barnes, from which she retired in 1985, and in her retirement she worked for Atlanta Senior Citizens Services until 1990. Mrs. Barnes was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and the Sherwood Forest Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, and brothers Ralph Blanton of Hattiesburg, MS, Marvin Blanton of Laurel, and Leonard Blanton, also of Laurel, and a niece, Betty Blanton of Raleigh, NC. She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Robert Barnes and Cathy Berkley of Santa Fe, NM, Bill and Gigi Barnes of Roswell, GA, and Rev. Dr. Peter and Lorie Barnes of Boulder, CO. Also surviving are her three grandsons Nate, Jason, and David, also of Boulder, and a sister and her husband, Mary Jane and Scott Dillon of Gaithersburg, MD, a sister-in-law, Millie Blanton of Hattiesburg, as well as six nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Village of Austell, GA, Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 11:00 am with Rev. Debbie Wells officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, the Caring Hands Fund at Presbyterian Village in Austell, or Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Inc. of Atlanta. Arrangements by Davis-Struempf Funeral Home (770-944-2900).

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