James E. Barnwell Sr.

james barnwell

October 31, 1935 ~ November 28, 2022

Born in: Fletcher, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

James Edward Barnwell, Sr., 87, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Barnwell was born in the family home, once located on Bob Barnwell Rd. He was the son of the late Robert (Bob) George Barnwell and Annie Sayles Barnwell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Frances King Barnwell. As the last sibling of the Barnwell Family, he was also preceded in death by his brothers Bud and C.B Barnwell as well as his sisters Beadie Morgan, Marie Stallings, Margaret Ford and Ruby Barnwell.

James spent a brief stint in Michigan working at the Buick assembly plant before beginning a life-long career in transportation. As a professional truck driver, James trained and inspired many in the industry. He was dubbed “Crowbar” by his peers for calm demeanor. He also enjoyed being outdoors and was a talented heavy equipment operator. His hobby was grading, building roads and maintaining his property. He was loved by all who knew him and possessed a gentle, kind spirit.

He is survived by two daughters, Robbie Owenby of Summerton, SC and Tammy Hicks of Daytona Beach, FL; a son James (Jimmy) Barnwell, Jr. of Fairview; seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, December 2, 2022 at Emma’s Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Joshua Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in the Church’s Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Church.


Funeral Service: December 2, 2022 2:00 pm

Emma's Grove Baptist Church
Emma's Grove Road
Fairview, NC 28730

Visitation: December 2, 2022 1:00 pm - February 24, 2024 2:00 pm

Emma's Grove Baptist Church
Emma's Grove Road
Fairview, NC 28730


Emma's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
417 Emmas Grove Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. My prayers are with the family as you grieve, and slowly learn to live with his loss. He is with his father now.

  2. James was a caring, soft spoken neighbor who loved to ride around on his 4 wheeler or new, red tractor and check on the goings on on Bob Barnwell Rd. He wore his hair in style with that 1950s curl on top! He will be missed.

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