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Capt. Frank D. Barnes

Capt. Frank D. Barnes

July 28, 1954 - April 12, 2017     Age: 62

Capt. Frank D. Barnes, age 62 of Fernandina Beach, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, April 12, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Fernandina Beach, FL.
Born in Nunda, NY, he was one of four children born to the late, Francis Douglas and Patricia Schumaker Barnes. A graduate of Nunda Central School in 1973, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In 1975 he began dating the love of his life, Deborah Lynn Wilcox who became his wife in December of 1978. His second love, his daughter Amanda Renee Barnes, was born in 1979. The newlyweds left for his assignment as a NCO to Texas A & M where he graduated in 1981 with his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Commissioned as an Officer in April of 1982, Frank sustained nuclear missile systems, tactical missile systems and small arms weapons during his career. He traveled to 36 nations while serving the military, including Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Retiring from Warner Robins Air Force Base in 1993, Frank worked as a Contractor and Civil Servant for the Department of Defense, sustaining USAF tactical weapons and the nuclear arsenal of Navy submarines until he retired in 2010. Frank had three passions in life—his faith, his family and his country. Stepping into full time ministry in 1998, the Barnes family entered the mission field as missionaries to Guadalajara, Mexico with Fire from Heaven Ministries where they reached 80,000 lives in tent crusades. In 2007, he and his wife moved to Fernandina Beach to serve the Go to Nations missionary headquarters. As Directors of Global Prayer, they trained missionaries, preached, and led a team of intercessors in prayer for missionary needs across the globe. Senior leadership relied on Frank’s insight, Godly visions and words of guidance. Frank’s joy, humor and encouragement touched tens of thousands in his lifetime.
As a young father, Frank enjoyed building model rockets with his daughter. Frank served his local churches as cell leader, worship team member, youth pastor, choir and altar ministry team member. His hobbies included basketball and golf, playing his grandfather’s banjo, writing poetry and nature photography. Many will recall his love for vinyl records and seventies music.
Capt. Barnes leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Deborah “Debbie” Barnes, Fernandina Beach, FL, their daughter, Amanda Barnes, Nashville, TN, his twin sister, Diana Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO, two brothers, Ken Barnes, Greenville, SC, Kim Barnes, Las Vegas, NV and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Southside Assembly of God in Jacksonville with Rev. Jeremy Henderson officiating.
Capt. Barnes will be laid to rest on Tuesday at 1:30 pm in Jacksonville National Cemetery, with Rev. Rick Wilkes officiating, where full military honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force Ceremonial Detachment from Moody AFB, GA.
His family will receive friends on Tuesday, at the church, from 9:15 until the hour of service.

18 Condolences

  • Jack and Susan Fannon Posted April 15, 2017 3:46 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of Frank. I know he will be missed by many. May God leave his family with peace and comfort knowing he is in a better place.

  • Ken and Bev Posted April 15, 2017 7:34 pm

    Forever in our hearts. We will be miss you greatly! We will never forget you.

  • Fred and Cinda Bonadonna Posted April 16, 2017 9:06 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Frank – beloved husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend, co-worker. He had so many “titles” to so many people and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you!

  • John Vogt Posted April 17, 2017 7:46 am

    So sorry to hear this.

  • Donna Killebrew Posted April 17, 2017 8:11 am

    Frank was a dear co-worker in tactical missiles. I am so saddened and sorry for your loss. Debbie and Amanda, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Amanda Posted April 17, 2017 8:15 am

    Deb and Tres, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please let us know if you need anything. Sending you love and prayers!

  • Corinne Backes King Posted April 17, 2017 9:18 am

    I am so sorry to see this post. I remember him fondly. Back when we were in school I remember him as very quiet. I was able to catch up with Deb and asking how he was. SAD to leave this earth so young, yet so HAPPY to know he is with our Lord.

  • Karen Zongker Posted April 17, 2017 3:59 pm

    I can’t believe what I’ve heard, I’m so honored to have spent time with this Great man of GOD. As I pray for you Deb and your daughter I know without a doubt my getting moments with your husband, and dad it was one of the greatest meetings from GOD I will ever have. In JESUS name amen

  • Johnna schrier Posted April 18, 2017 7:31 am

    So sorry for you loss. Thank you for the service to our country.

  • JoAnn Zeh Waldon Posted April 18, 2017 8:14 am

    So sorry for your loss. I have only fond memories of Frank in school and growing up in Nunda. He was a good man. Take care.

  • Catherine Moffat Giles Posted April 18, 2017 9:20 am

    Although I did not know Frank, I would like to thank him for his kindness to others and for his service to our Country! May the Lord wrap his arms around his family and friends during this very difficult time!

  • Nancy DeVinney Gebauer Posted April 18, 2017 10:00 am

    Sympathy from the DeVinney family. Frank was a friend / helper to my grandmother, Edna DeVinney, when he was a young guy in Nunda.

  • Sandra Bonadonna Posted April 18, 2017 3:32 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. May the many memories sustain you and give you peace and comfort.

  • SANDRA DUTTON BUGMAN Posted April 18, 2017 3:51 pm


  • Danise Howe Posted April 18, 2017 10:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He is with the Lord now Fly hi Frank.

  • Danise Howe Posted April 18, 2017 10:59 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Frank and Diana. He was a great man who touched many lives. Fly hi Frank.

  • Annette Marano Posted April 18, 2017 11:30 pm

    Debbie and Amanda, my heart hurts for you. I know Frank was an amazing/Godly husband and father. You have many wonderful memories, photos and music that has Frank’s imprint Cherish these things until reuniting with Frank on the golden streets..

  • Barbara Ryan Posted April 19, 2017 9:03 am

    Dear Deborah and family — please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I graduated from high school a few years before Frank, and while we didn’t spend much time together there, we became ‘friends’ on Facebook a couple years ago. He was so full of life that I am reminded of an African proverb that goes something like this — ‘When death comes to find you, may she find you alive.’ I hope you are finding more peace with each passing day.

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