Charles “Chuck” E. Barnes, 95 of Lancaster, Ohio passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Fairfield Medical Center.
He was a decorated World War II US Army veteran. Private First Class Charles Edward Barnes, 510 Winding Street was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroic action against an enemy of the U.S. Pfc. Barnes, who was drafted February 26, 1944, received his training in Alabama and Mississippi before being sent overseas, in November 1944. During the eight months he has been overseas he has been with the U.S. 7th Army in France and Germany. The citation accompanying the award states that Pfc. Barnes, who is with the 254th Infantry regiment, received the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action in the vicinity of Jebsheim, France. During the attack on the town, Pfc. Barnes’ company was held up by machine gun and mortar fire. Taking his automatic rifle and an ammunition bearer, he crawled toward the menacing machine guns. As they crawled forward, his ammunition bearer was killed by sniper fire. When he was in the platoon, he went to the front, he fired on the enemy positions with such accuracy that one of the enemy guns was eliminated and other was forced to withdraw. Pfc. Barnes courageous action enabled his company to proceed in the attack and reflects high credit upon himself and upon the armed forces of the United States.
He worked for Loroco Industries and then it became Sonoco Products where he retired as a supervisor. Charles believed in The American Way. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, loved playing the guitar, gardener where he raised zinnia flowers.
Charles is survived by his children, Terry A. (Barbara) Perry of Amanda, Ohio, Karen S. (Stephen) Price and Cindy K. (Chad) Benson all of Lancaster, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kyle A. (Amy) Perry of Powell, Ohio, Christopher S. (Bethany) Price of Uniontown, Ohio, Amber N. (Ty Owen) Barnes of Columbus, Ohio and Zachary A. (fiancé Danita Mottie) Benson of Circleville, Ohio; great grandchildren, Andrew “Drew” and Carson Perry, Claire and Quinn Price and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny Belle Barnes and parents, Clarence Barnes and Radie (Rutter) Barnes Kinser, siblings, Nolan, Gladys Lindsey, Martha Clark, Bessie Haddox, Ethel Burge, Roy, Russell and Owen.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 9, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Floral Hills Memory Gardens with his grandson, Chris Price officiating. Military honors will be held by the Lancaster Veterans Burial Detail at the cemetery. Caring Cremation® has taken place by the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, LANCASTER, OHIO.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Lancaster Veterans Burial Detail c/o 4043 Carroll-Eastern Rd., Carroll, Ohio 43112.
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