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Jesse Willis Barnes

February 14, 1984 ~ April 6, 2018 (age 34)
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"God is the Keeper of our mind and soul and even in times of grief and sorrow, His love and strength can make us whole"

We, the Staff & Management of Charles Edwards Funeral Home & Cremations, mourn with the Barnes family, in the death of Mr. Jesse Willis Barnes, age 34, of 3006 Phillips Rd. Greenville, NC.

Jesse Willis Barnes,son of Pastors Fred and Melissa Grimes and Bishop Jessie and Carolyn Jones was born February 14,1984 and made his transition to his heavenly home on April 6, 2018.

Jesse, lovingly called "Jethro Bodine" by his sister Ronda, attended Farmville area schools where he first discovered his love of music by playing the violin.  From elementary school to high school, Jesse played the violin for over 9 years and won numerous awards at the N.C Eastern Regional Orchestra Festival in Cary, NC under the guidance of Mr. Jonathan Sitton.  Jesse graduated from Farmville Central High School in 2002 and continued his love of music by teaching himself to play the keyboard by ear.  Jesse had a unique jazzy style that allowed him to meet and develop relationships with people of all backgrounds, genres, and cultures.  In his eyes, music crossed all lines and brought people together.

While Jesse loved music, his greatest joy was his daughter, Aila Marie, born April 12, 2014.  He loved taking her to the playground, waking up in the morning hearing her say "Daddy let's go play," and their special play dates with Uncle L and his daughter Rhi Rhi!  Fatherhood was the highlight of his life and one of his greatest accomplishments.  Jesse's life was characterized by love.  He loved God, his family, and people in general.  He would spend countless hours with his nieces and nephews.  He had such a special bond with each of them, from sitting up all night watching tons of movies with Tatyana or debating with Kazmaphian about whether Marvel Comics or DC Universe was superior.  Giving Ashyia wet, sloppy kisses accompanied by those sweaty, clammy hands holding her so she couldn't get away, and don't forget his personal name for his niece Khazyah...Khaziggle Beans! In Jesse's eyes, it was the little things that counted.  He would always take his mom's belongings out of the car every day when she got home from work and never went to bed without telling his mom and dad he loved them.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his daughter Aila Marie of Snow Hill, NC; his parents, Pastors Fred and Melissa Grimes of the home and Bishop Jessie and Carolyn Jones of Greenville, NC; five sisters, Tyneisha Barnes (Stacy Andrews) of Kinston, NC, Ronda Barnes, Kimberly Jones, Jessica Jones, and Kiana Fleming (Jerome) all of Greenville, NC; paternal grandmother, Martha Sumter of New Haven, CT; three nieces, Tatyana Dixon, Ashyia Williams, and Khazyah Everett; three nephews, Kazmaphian Barnes, Khalil Everett, and Khalic Everett; eleven aunts, Anna Haddock (Lenwood), Mildred Barnes, Etta Jones, Lisa Ellis Wooten (Arthur), Shellie Jones, Edna Carroll, Carol Williams-Haskins, Shirley Staggard, Mary Streeter, Dolly Ward, and Ann Streeter; eight uncles, Acie Barnes (Mary), Roy Barnes (Gail), Jeffrey Barnes, Sylvester Barnes, Wayne Jordan (Pat), Roger Jones, Joseph Streeter, and Moses Streeter, two great nephews, Darius Barnes and Tristan Hicks; and one great niece, Lehlani Barnes.


My Brother My Friend

There are no words that I have

to express the feelings deep inside.

I long for peace and understanding

and a never ending embrace

in your arms where I may hide.

Just to see your face and have one more hug;

my one and only heart's request.

But to have known your love

and been graced with your smile,

for that I will forever be blessed.

There was a void where

your presence once filled.

Your smile and memory lives on in my heart,

so I rest easy knowing even

though you're no longer here ,

we will never be too far apart.

And though the journey is done,

and you have reaped your reward,

I know I will see you again.

Goodbye is only for now, just a temporary thing.




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Please keep the Barnes/Jones/Grimes Family in your thoughts and prayers during these days of bereavement! 

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