Deacon Isaiah Barnes, of Ridgeland, SC passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Summerville Community Hospice House, in Summerville, SC. Arrangements are entrusted to Allen Funeral Home of Ridgeland. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories on our tribute wall.
Deacon Isaiah Barnes, Sr. was born August 16, 1936, in Garnett, S.C. to the late Sam and Evelyn Gilyard-Barnes. God call him into eternal rest on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Summerville Community Hospice House in Summerville, S.C. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. He became a member of King Branch Baptist Church in Garnett, S.C. , and attended service along with his parents. His formal education was at Good Hope Community School in Jasper County and he graduated from Jasper High School.
As a young man, he moved to Savannah, Georgia and he began his work experiences and later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955. He had an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, as an Airmen. While in the U.S. Air Force, in El Paso Texas, he met the adorable love of his life, Wanda Faye Wilson- Barnes. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Mother Wanda Faye Wilson in May, 1959 to this union were four children.
Isaiah Barnes and family relocated back to Savannah, Georgia and began his work experience at Union Bag Paper Company. In 1965, He and his family relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey. They attended: Mount Olive Baptist Church and St. Matthew Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a Deacon. He worked in Bayonne, N. J. at the Dimensional Pigments Chemical Plant. He decided to further his education in New Jersey and pursued an educational trade in the areas of Electronics and Interior Upholstery. During this time , he also developed his own family business, as an entrepreneur, it was the famous known, “Faye’s Upholstery Shop”, 128 Ocean Ave. Jersey, City, N.J. and” S& I Ladies Wear”. He also worked for Jersey City Department of Pubic Works ,as an Automotive Supervisor , he retired in 1998. Deacon Isaiah was a family man, he enjoyed the outdoors and fishing and, most of all he loved singing in the church with his family. They formed the group, “The Barnes Singers”, traveling and recording Gospel songs.
Deacon Isaiah and his wife, Mother Wanda Barnes, relocated to South Carolina in 1999. During his retirement years , they joined fellowship with First Euhaw Baptist Church, Old House Community of Ridgeland, and S.C. with Pastor William Allen Galloway. He served and sang in the Male Chorus. He was also a Chairman of the Trustee Board.
During his last days, Deacon Barnes enjoyed listening to “Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers”, Archie Brown Lee and the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. Up until his transition, his youngest daughter Linda was his caregiver and she wholehearted served alongside his caring wife, Mother Wanda Barnes.
Deacon Isaiah Barnes was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Evelyn Barnes, his brothers: William Barnes, James Barnes, Rosa Lee Scott, Anna White, and his son Isaiah Barnes, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memories his dedicated wife and best friend, Wanda Faye Barnes, his three daughters: Sandra Kaye, of Raleigh, N.C., Althea O. Williams, of East Orange, N.J. and Linda Barnes, of Bayonne, N.J. and his brother, Sam Housey and sister-in-law Janice Housey of Tarboro, S.C. His grandchildren left to remember his legacy are: Tamica R. Anderson, Lawrece Anderson, Lawrence Anderson, Sherice N. Barnes, Kyron Williams, Alexander M. Barnes, Lania Williams, Justin M. Barnes, Jamir L. Barnes and Jeremiah Williams and eleven great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbors, church family and friends.