Linda McMinn Barnes

linda barnes

March 2, 1962 ~ November 27, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Linda Marie McMinn Barnes, 59, of Arden, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021.

A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Swain Ballard and of the late Judy King Ballard. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Kimberly Case.

Linda was a 20+ year employee at the Corner Grill in Arden, where she worked as a waitress and cashier. She was a former president of the Smoky Mountain Hog Chapter and a dedicated advocate for and supporter of Toys For Tots.

In addition to her father, Linda is survived by her loving husband, Bobby Barnes; one daughter, Ashley McMinn Tabor (Robert); two sons, Derek McMinn (Ashly) and Cory McMinn; step-children, Tonya Barnes and Jeremy Barnes and five grandchildren, Reilly McMinn, Payton McMinn, Haylee Heller, Carter Heller and Sadie Heller.

At Linda’s request, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Toys For Tots ( or to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.

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  1. Ashley and family,

    We share in your grief over the loss of your Mom. We are so very sorry and Linda will be truly missed. May God comfort you in your time of need.


    Tara, Tony and Kylee Arrowood

  2. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. We are sad to hear of Lindas’ passing. She was such a nice person. She will be missed. May God give you comfort.

  3. Swain, I am sorry to learn of your and Bobby’s loss. One can only imagine the emptiness that is being felt with this passing. Know that we will be lifting each of you up in our prayer to our Lord and Savior.

  4. Swain, Bobby, Derek, Ashley, and Cory…I am deeply saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. I hadn’t seen her in a while, but I have wonderful memories of her and family and days gone by. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all the family. May God wrap you all in his arms and bring you comfort and peace…

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