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In Memory of Ira Oliver Barnes
March 30, 1876 — April 4, 1953
Ida Ferrell Barnes
May 24, 1877 — January 20, 1960
Married in May, 1895, they celebrated their golden anniversary in 1945. They lived all their married life in the Scotts Community, Cross Roads Township, Wilson County. They had eight children: Luther, Mallie, Pearl, Florence, Alton, Thurman, Marie (died at age 3), and Ospy.
Hardworking, loyal citizens, they started as tenant farmers on his father's farm. With hard work and good management, they accumulated enough to leave each child a good farm. All of this land remains in the family. Tobacco was their main source of income. They were the first in the community to have a horse drawn tobacco setter. Both our parents were members of Scotts Primitive Baptist Church. They and all their children attended Scott's one and two teacher school.
Our father was the school committeeman and one of his duties was to keep firewood for the heater, the only source of heat. Our mother was a good cook and they delighted in having friends in their home to enjoy her meals of food grown on their farm. They worked together and we believe this was the key to their success as parents, neighbors, citizens and faithful members of their church. We cherish their memory and are happy to honor them in this memory book.
Given by Mrs. Pearl Blalock, Mrs. Florence Waddell, Alton, Thurman and Opsy Barnes
(Luther, Mallie and Marie Barnes, deceased).