July 19, 1947 ~ July 26, 2020

Born in: Louisville, KY
Resided in: Clarkson, KY

Michael Robert Barnes, age 73, of Clarkson, passed away July 26th 2020 at the Medical Center at Bowling Green. He was born July 19th 1947 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Emmitt Barnes and Lillian Katherine Mitchell Barnes.

Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina and became a math teacher, dedicating his life to the education of young minds. He enjoyed playing baseball and due to his stature and being left handed, was a third baseman in his youth. Though he was big & tall, he was very much a gentle giant. He loved his dogs, the children in his classroom, and most of all, his two boys Michael Dean & Matthew.

He is survived by his two sons, Michael Dean Barnes & Matthew Jacob Barnes and three sisters, Patricia, Sandy, & Cindy.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis & Eddie.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29th 2020 at the St. Benedict Cemetery in Wax, KY, where he will be laid to rest. Visitation will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield.

All those who wish to honor and remember Michael Barnes in person at the visitation or graveside service must wear a mask or other appropriate facial covering and practice physical distancing while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.


Visitation: July 29, 2020 8:00 am - July 29, 2020 10:30 am

Watson & Hunt Funeral Home
2373 Elizabethtown Rd
Leitchfield, KY 42754

Graveside Service: July 29, 2020 11:00 am

St. Benedict Catholic Church
6874 Wax Rd
Clarkson, KY 42726


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  1. We are so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. We hadn’t seen him for years, but remember many good times with him and the family in the past. He was always friendly and fun to be around. We’ll be thinking of you, Mikey and Matt. Love you.

  2. I never had the honor to meet Mr. Barnes but I know his son Matthew. Knowing him as my friend and a kind hearted person that cares so much for his family and friends. It’s obvious that he was raised by a father who also had that same kind heart. My condolences and prayers for the family.

  3. Matt, you have always been a kind and considerate friend. I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family. 🙏🏻

  4. Harold & Pat Decker
    We are sorry to hear about Mike. We just saw this , didn’t know. Mike was a great person, always had a kind word and a smile for everyone.

  5. We are sorry to hear this boys. Mike was a very kind man, he always had a good word and a smile for everyone. Harold Dean and l didn’t know that Mike had passed away, until we read this.

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