Yea thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
- Psalms 23: 4-6
Michael Anthony Barnes Jr., the son of Regina M. Pete and the late Michael A. Barnes, Sr. was born on Friday, December 19, 1980 in Washington, DC. In 1987, he moved to Jackson, North Carolina, where he was reared into the loving family and care of James and Barbara Deloatch, until his enlistment into the United States Army.
At an early age Michael accepted Christ, at the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Jackson, North Carolina. It was there that his love for God was deepened and spiritual gifts nurtured, as he served as a member of the Usher’s Ministry and Youth Choir. He was a God-fearing man, who loved the Lord and took his relationship with the Lord very seriously. Michael continued to serve the Lord throughout his adult life.
Michael received his formal education in the Northampton County Public School System, later graduating from Northampton High School - East; Class of 1998. In July of 1998, he entered The United States Army, where he served his country for 20 years as a Decorated Army Soldier, a Black Hawk Mechanic and Technical Inspector in Aviation. He attained the ranking of Staff Sergeant and his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science, before retiring in July of 2018. During his time of service, he served in several tours of duty including, but not limited to Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Egypt. He also was a Master Instructor at Fort Eustis. After his retirement from the military, he went on to work as a Blade Inspector for Rolls-Royce, until his health began to decline in 2020.
Michael had a contagious smile that would light up any room. He was a great father, husband, provider, son, and brother, who loved cars, dogs, riding motorcycles, talking smack, and taking control. He found great joy in playing dominoes, poker, fishing and videogames. Michael also enjoyed entertaining, spending quality time with his family, friends and motorcycle club, where he was also known as ‘Heartless’. Lastly, he enjoyed the sport of football and watching the games as he was an avid Washington Redskins fan - oh how he loved watching them play and was a loyal Washington Redskins fan!
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I’ve found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My Life’s been full, I savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch, Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free - On Wednesday, June 9, 2021; while in the serenity of his home. In addition to his father, Michael Sr, he was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Barbara Deloatch and Verlia Mae Barnes; grandfather, James Deloatch and father-in-law, Rev. Lugene Maxie, Sr.
A million times we’ve needed you, a million times we’ve cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, that no one could ever fill. We who remain with faith and assurance that God will see us through: his loving wife of 16 years, DeAndrea Barnes of Disputanta, Virginia; two sons, Juwan Flythe of Newport News, Virginia and Michael Barnes III of Disputanta, Virginia; his one and only daughter, Trinity Barnes of Disputanta, Virginia; caring mother, Regina M. Pete of Courtland, Virginia; one sister, Whitney (Fred) Claiborne of Grovetown, Georgia; grandfather, Edward Barnes, Jr. of Boykins, Virginia; six aunts, JoAnne Pete, Linda (Romoan) Ward, Millicent (Stanley) Anstead, Nancy Boone, Teresa Chapman and Tiffane (Cory) Ulsh; mother-in-law, Thelma Maxie of Flint, Michigan; brother-in-law, Lugene Maxie II; three sisters-in-law, Lawanda (Leon) Brown, Charlotte (Kam) Williams and RaLynda Maxie; mother-at-heart, Joyce Cotton; seven godchildren, Jalen, Jamari, Gabby, Dasean, Nalani, Cashtyn and MeMe; eight nieces, Dallas, DeAngela, Cambria, Auburney, KeAsis, Alugyionna, Jamiya and Journee; eight nephews, Colby, Leon, Chico, Ali Jr., Khali, K’Len, DaKari and Mikyng; childhood friends, Andre, Antoine, Rodney, Derek, Jonas, Derrick and Earnest; military friends, Coley, Dobson, Green, Jackson, Richards, Bell and Shuman; Sin City Bros, Jugg, Blackout, Bout It, NonSense, Strong and Bandz; a host of other relatives and friends.
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