Rev. Jerry Wayne Barnes

Rev. Jerry Wayne Barnes

Our precious loved one, Reverend Jerry Wayne Barnes-aka “Daddy Rabbit & Santa Claus” of Shallotte, age 67 transitioned to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior on August 29, 2020. We, the family deeply mourn our loss and we rejoice that he is pain free and know that we will see him again!

He was born in Johnston County on July 8, 1953, the son of the late Jesse Battle Barnes and is survived by his mother Louise Bizzell Barnes of Selma, North Carolina.

He was a retired Maintenance Planner of Brunswick Nuclear Plant (Duke Energy) after 36 years of service. He was active in the PFWB Royal Rangers, and recently received awards of 20 plus years with the Royal Rangers Ministry, where he enjoyed working with young boys to inspire them to become young men of God. He was a volunteer clergy with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he provided comfort and counseling through the Father’s Fellowship Plantation program. He was involved in the Outreach Evangelism Explosion Ministry where he provided training and leadership skills to witness the gospel and win souls to Christ. His greatest love was his wife, children, grandchildren and family.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the Brunswick Funeral Service chapel by the Rev. Carlton King and Rev. Jason Benton. Burial will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens. Honorary casket bearers will be the Royal Rangers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 49 years, Joyce Bizzell Barnes; and daughters Joy Payton Barnes of Jefferson, NC, and Jennifer Shawn Barnes of Shallotte, NC; two granddaughters Lillian Katherine Benton and Hannah Louise Barnes both of Shallotte, NC; a sister Sharon Barnes Stuckey (Tommy) of Princeton, NC. His very special aunt Grace Barnes Sledge.

The family would like to thank Palliative Care and a special thank you to Jordan Thompson, NP of Lower Cape Fear Life Care and the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care in Bolivia.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care “Brunswick House”, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online condolences may be made at

Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte


Rev. Jerry Wayne Barnes
Shallotte, NC
Johnston County, NC
Brunswick Memorial Gardens, Shallotte, NC
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