Edward Hugh Barnes, 70, of Fort Smith passed from this life July 7, 2018, in Fort Smith. He was born Feb. 27, 1948, in Texarkana, Texas, to the late Evan and Ella Barnes. Ed was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. While in the Army, he was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars. After relocating to Fort Smith, Ed was active with the Fort Smith Parks and Recreation Department where he and David Nichols were caretakers, and considered stewards, for Carol Ann Cross Park. His motto was, "Leave it better than you found it." Ed retired from J. Pauley Toyota after 13 years as a sales associate.
He is survived by his sons, Aaron Tyler Edward Barnes and his wife Kimberly of Flower Mound, Texas, and Brandon Young and his wife Kimberly of Anna, Texas; as well as their mother, Linda; his grandson, Kruz; granddaughter, Bradyn; two daughters, Rhonda Barnes of Greenwood and Melanie Carty of Alma; as well as a close, dear friend, Hazel Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Barnes.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church with interment to follow at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with U.S. Army honors. Services and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kitties & Kanines, 4900 Rogers Ave., Suite 100A, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
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