George Ralph Barnes, 77, of Orangeburg, SC, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, of complications from a stoke he suffered many years ago.
His funeral is planned for 11:00AM, Saturday, May 5, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 1240 Russell St., Orangeburg, SC 29115, with the Rev. Ryan Tucker and The Rev. Randolph Shaylor officiating. Visitation is from 5:00-7:00PM, Friday, May 4, 2012, at 491 Partridge Rd., Orangeburg. Interment will be at Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery, Haile Street, Camden, SC at 4:00PM, Saturday, May 5, 2012. Kornegay Funeral Home, 1112 Fair Street, Camden, SC, 29020, is handling the arrangements.
Possessed with a keen intellect, unmatched integrity and a generous spirit, Mr. Barnes lived his life always thinking of the other person first.
The son of Ralph Edison Barnes and Stella Mae Hall Barnes, Mr. Barnes was born July 6, 1934, in Camden, SC. He graduated from Camden High School in 1952 and entered Clemson University where he earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1957, an M.S. in chemical engineering in 1963 and completed his PhD course work in 1965. In addition, he was a graduate of the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, SC.
He was a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. During his thirty-year career as a chemical engineer, he was employed at Union Carbide Corp., Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Charlotte Chemical Labs, Charlotte, NC, and Ethyl (Albemarle) Corp., Orangeburg. He was a thirty-third degree Mason and a Shriner.
Mr. Barnes was an Eagle Scout and served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troup 229 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Troop 55 in Charlotte, NC and Troop 45 in Orangeburg. He served on the Orangeburg County Board of Voter Registration and Elections Commission for thirty years.
After earning his private pilot’s license, he flew search and rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol. With his wife, Mr. Barnes founded the B.E. Workman, Jr. Memorial Scholarships in 1973 giving 75 medical scholarships to rising seniors at S.C. State University. For this contribution, he received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Service Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in 2010.
He has been a member of First Baptist Church, Orangeburg, since 1965.
Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joy Workman Barnes; sister, Martha (Karl) Siebers, Hilton Head Island, SC; nephews: Scott (Susan) Siebers, Santa Clara, CA, Bill (Ja) Siebers, Irmo, SC, Don (Melissa) Siebers, Bellevue, WA; sister-in-law, Mary E. (Max) Sanders, San Angelo, TX; caregivers, Carolyn Baker, Alice Geiger, Cheryl Fields, Johnny Fields, Connie Maule and Karen Gibson, as well as a number of grand nieces, nephews and cousins.
Active pallbearers will be Eagle Scouts: Lawrence Garick, Jr., Taylor Garick, Reeves Connelly, Marty Gutting, Robert McCurry and Adam Bidwell. All other Eagle Scouts in attendance will serve as an Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be made to: Boy Scouts of America, Troop 45, 4740 Riverbirch Drive, Orangeburg, SC, 29118, or the B.E. Workman, Jr. Memorial Scholarships, SCSU Foundation, S.C. State University, P.O. Box 7187, Orangeburg, SC. 29117
Online condolences may be sent to the Barnes family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.