Barnes, Rachel

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Rachel  Barnes

Rachel M. Barnes, age 98, of Duluth, GA, peacefully passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Parc at Duluth. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Rachel was born on May 26, 1921 in St. George, SC, daughter of St. Clair and Pritchard Shuler Muckenfuss. She attended elementary and high school in St. George and graduated from Winthrop College. During WWII she moved to Charleston and worked in the Department of Navy where she met her husband, notable golfer Tommy Barnes, who was serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. They had a wonderful 63-year marriage until his passing in 2007. Rachel was a member of the First Methodist Church Atlanta for many years and also attended Mt. Carmel Christian Church, Avondale Baptist Church, and, Johns Creek Baptist Church. She lived the past 12 years at Parc at Duluth where she made many wonderful friends including her bridge group. Rachel's other passions included knitting sweaters and gifts for others, and corresponding with her many friends and family. She followed sports, the stock market, and was a well informed lady with a sharp memory and attention to detail. Her family is grateful for the wonderful care she received at Parc. Rachel was preceded in death by her husband Tommy, son James, and brother St. Clair. She is survived by sons Thomas W. Barnes, Jr and wife Mimi, Larry W. "Doc" Barnes and wife Leslie, David S. Barnes, and John P. Barnes and wife Anne; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and brother William Muckenfuss. The week of Rachel's passing, when asked what wisdom she'd gained from her life, she said, "Always love others, and always forgive everybody, because holding a grudge doesn't do anybody any good." In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation be made in Rachel's name to Johns Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005.

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