Mr. William George “Billy” Barnes, age 76, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 10, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Charles H. Barnes and Mary Elizabeth (Batchelor) Hamby-Boldery. He was raised in Switzerland County where he attended school and was later united in marriage to Linda Levell. Billy was employed for Randall Textron in Vevay, Indiana for 25 years. He was a faithful member of the Grants Creek Baptist Church since 1969 which he always hitchhiked to the services. He resided all of his life in the Switzerland County community. Billy enjoyed helping others, potluck dinners, drinking coffee and orange pop, telling stories and joking around. Billy also loved collecting metal and tools and junking and trading the metal. When he drove it was always a pickup truck which you could always find appliances and other metals in the bed of his trucks. When his truck broke down, Billy enjoyed walking and hitchhiking and never met a stranger along the way. Billy passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at his residence.
Billy is survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Hamby) Hopper of Vevay, IN; his nephew, Terry Wayne Hopper and his companion, Stephanie Greenwood of Vevay, IN; his great-nephew, Christopher Wayne Hopper of Madison, IN and his church family and friends he had met along the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. Barnes and Mary Elizabeth (Batchelor) Hamby-Boldery; his step-fathers, Rote B. Hamby and Harry Leroy Boldery and his brothers, Charles Howard Barnes and Robert Walter Benjamin “Bobby” Hamby.
Friends may call 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Grants Creek Baptist Church, 14685 Lower Grants Creek, Road Rising Sun, Indiana 47040.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, January 13, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor Patrick Bujak, at the Grants Creek Baptist Church, 14685 Lower Grants Creek Road, Rising Sun, Indiana 47040.
Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Billy Barnes Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com