Funeral services for Delbert "Pete" Barnes will be 10:00 am, Friday, February 22, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Family visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Officiating will be the Reverends Rob Pierce and Berniel Rogers. Serving as Pallbearers are Wayne Barnes, Ray Barnes, J.R. Barnes, James Barnes, Calvin Barnes, Troy Showalter, Joe Showalter, and Tim Peterson. Honorary Pallbearers are Travis Crabtree, Ronnie Smith, Lynn Lamons, Jared Trammel, Robert Dimitt, Steve Forrest, Gerald Forrest, Kevin Goodnight, and members of The Tahlequah Fire Department. Interment will follow in the Moody Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Delbert "Pete" Barnes son of Ted Barnes and Christine Sellers Barnes was born February 18, 1940 and left this life for a better place February 18, 2013 at the age of 73. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday February 22 at the First Baptist Church in Tahlequah with burial to follow at Moody Cemetery.
Pete, as he was known to everyone, attended school in Qualls and Tahlequah. He worked many jobs as a young man, the oilfields, wheat harvest, as an electrical lineman but in 1963 he took a job as a pipeline laborer with Shamrock Pipeline Company and began a forty year career. Pete eventually joined Sheehan Pipeline Company, a company where he remained for over twenty years advancing his career and creating a secondary family of many wonderful friends.
In 2000 health issues forced Pete into an early retirement which allowed him time for the things he really loved, his ranch in north Cherokee County, his race horses, his friends and his family. Pete married his wife Nancy Lawrence in 1960 and together they raised three children Jana McNiel, Lisa Barnes and Greg Barnes all of Tahlequah, OK. Pete was blessed with six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pete was a forty year member of Pipeliners Union 798. He was a lifetime member of The American Quarter Horse Association. He held memberships in the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, Oklahoma Horseman’s Association and the American Paint Horse Association.
Pete was preceded in death by his father Ted Barnes, his mother Christine Sellers Barnes Conrad, a sister Freda Barnes, a brother Tee Barnes and three granddaughters.
Those remaining behind to keep his memory are wife of the home Nancy, his children Jana McNiel, Lisa Barnes and Greg Barnes, his grandchildren Kenny Barnes and Dori, Shana Dallis and husband Kennith, Makayla Winsett and husband Justin, Falon McNiel, Gage and Garin Barnes, his great grandchildren Kristopher and Sierra Dallis. Pete was survived by five brothers, Thelbert and wife Wanda, Joe and wife Reva, Darrell, Billy and wife Cindy, Coy and wife Kim and two sisters Laveda Showalter and husband Larry and Florence Myers and husband Bill along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and loving lifetime friends.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Lung Association (ALA), 1010 E. 8th Street, Tulsa, OK 74120 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.