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Frank Leon Barnes
September 1, 1923 ~ October 29, 2018 (age 95)
Frank Leon Barnes was called to Heaven on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Duncan, Oklahoma surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 1st at 10:00 AM at Western Heights Baptist Church in Duncan with Rev. Gene Jorgenson officiating. Interment will follow at Hope Community Cemetery with military honors provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements have been provided by Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wednesday evening.
Frank was born to Lucy C. and Charles B. Barnes September 1, 1923 in a farmhouse on Hay Creek, southwest of Leedey, Oklahoma. Frank had four brothers and one sister. At the age of 17, Frank accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior after listening to a religious radio broadcast for several months.
Frank joined the Army Air Corps two years after graduation from high school and served his country until 1945. In 1943, while stationed at Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS, Frank was baptized in the Gulf of Mexico and joined a Baptist church in Biloxi, MS.
During his service in the Army Air Corps, Frank served as nose gunner of a B-24 flight crew. The crew was stationed with the 15th Air Corps in Italy and Frank completed his 51st bombing mission on November 6, 1944. On September 30, 1945, Frank received his honorable discharge. Frank attended Oklahoma A&M College from January 1946 through May 1949. During that same time period he began his lifelong work pastoring in Baptist churches with the first pastorate at Mehan Mission in Mehan, Oklahoma. In September 1949, Frank enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. While attending Southwestern, he began serving as the first Southern Baptist missionary to the Cheyenne Indians in Hammon, Oklahoma from September 1950 through January 1955.
Frank married Betty Jo Howard of Duncan, Oklahoma on October 14, 1951. After serving as Indian missionaries and both graduating from Southwestern Seminary, Frank and Betty moved to Kellogg, Idaho in June 1955 where Frank served as Pastor of First Baptist Church in Kellogg until September 1961. In September 1961 Frank accepted the pastorate of Pines Baptist Church in Opportunity, Washington, and they served in Pines Baptist Church for 26 years until January 1988. At that time, Frank accepted a position as Director of Missions for Coulee Baptist Association and served in that capacity until June 1990 when they returned to Duncan, Oklahoma. Even after his return to Duncan, Oklahoma, Frank continued to serve the Lord presenting his Tabernacle Study, as interim pastor in many churches in Oklahoma and Texas and providing several tracts and books he authored on serving Jesus Christ.
Frank is survived by Betty Jo Barnes of Duncan, Oklahoma; James and Janie Barnes of Brownwood, Texas; Judy and Rick Gregory of Hernando, Mississippi; Jean and Don Kelso of Big Spring, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lucy Barnes; siblings Albert and Lil Barnes, Clarence and Dorris Barnes, Edgar and Corinne Barnes, Lucy and Junior Newton, Walter and Pauline Barnes, grandson, Brett Avants and great grandson, McCall Shumate.
Pallbearers will be the grandchildren of Frank Barnes; Stephanie Barnes, Amanda and Kevin Shumate, Bradley Avants, Zachary Gregory, Tiffany Gregory Ward, Joshua and Rebekah Gregory, Brendon and Alyssa Kelso, Clayton and Kelsey Kelso. .
The family has requested memorial donations be made to the Oklahoma Warriors Honor Flight PO Box 375 Colcord, OK 74338 or to your local church Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.