The book of life began for Elmo Franklin Barnes on February 18, 1937 in Kenedy, Texas. To father Oscar Barnes and mother Scella Barnes. As the youngest of their three children, Elmo was known to be a very determined young man. At an early age, Elmo accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led him to enlist in the United State Army in 1954, at the age of seventeen.
Although, Elmo spent his first four years in the Army, he had interest in another branch of the military. He then reenlisted and served in the US Navy, completing a total of thirty years of service before retiring. During that time, he traveled and served in several countries and received many decorative awards and certificates for his heroic contributions, outstanding service and good conduct. Elmo was a true leader and was consistently rewarded with prestigious medals for his service in countries like Vietnam, Japan and Cuba.
In 1963, Elmo married his best friend and life partner Ethel Lee Barnes and resided in San Diego, CA. where he also became a loving father to Charles and Bobby Ray Davis. Elmo was blessed with a kind hearted wife and loving family. In November of the same year the Barnes Family welcomed their third son Elmo Eugene Barnes. As the boys grew up Elmo was known to be a devoted husband and father. He led by example while instilling morals, values and guidance as they all grew to become men with families of their own.
Elmo was the true patriarch of the Barnes Family, He was a great son, brother, husband, father, uncle grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He enjoyed cooking and quality time with his beloved wife and children. In his earlier days he often would spend Sunday morning at the swap meet. He routinely enjoyed watching classic western movies on his down time. After retiring from the military, Elmo continued to be active in the workforce and dedicated his time to working as an engineer at Alvarado Hospital.
In his later years, you would often find him shopping at the commissary, and driving up the hill to Viejas and Barona Casino to hear the sounds of the slot machines. He enjoyed spending quality time with his grand kids and sharing stories and memories with his dear sister Elizabeth. Elmo was a man of integrity, dignity and strength. He will forever be remembered for his unconditional love, stubbornness, wise teaching, life lessons and heroic contributions.
Elmo is preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Scella Barnes, wife Ethel Barnes, sister Ruby Lee and son Bobby Ray Davis. He is survived by his sister and brother Elizabeth & Tomas Johnson of Sierra Vista, AZ. And Christene & Gaither Watkins of Atlanta, GA. Children Charles Davis (Paula), Elmo E. Barns, Sr. (Kecia), daughter-in-law Linda Davis, grandchildren Stacie (Dorion), Tracy, Carl, Crystal, Naisha, Elmo (Marquitta), Rashod (Lisa), Amber, Autumn, Skye, Johnathan, Arlana and Kory. Great grandchildren; Shatoya, Alysha, Dorion Jr. Tracy Jr., Nakeysha, Tracion, Kayla, Tivis, Paulina, Siera, Elmo III, Melony-Sky, Cincere, Eugene, Azaria and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. The book of life closed for Elmo on March 17, 2022 at Sharps Memorial Hospital. He will truly be missed by all who knew him and loved him dearly.