Robert Carson “Bob” Barnes — who started and ended his pastoral career serving Alabama Baptist churches — died Nov. 10. He was 92.
A Birmingham native, Barnes graduated from Howard College (now Samford University). He also earned master of divinity and master of theology degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Barnes was ordained in 1952 and served in several church leadership capacities before becoming pastor of Centreville Baptist Church in 1958. During his career, he also served as pastor of San Jose Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and Dutch Fork Church in Irmo, South Carolina, before answering the call to lead Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham. He finished his ministry career as minister to senior adults at First Baptist Church Birmingham.
Barnes is survived by his wife of 67 years, Judy; son, Robert; daughters, Jenny and Jan; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.