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David Barnes

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David Barnes, age 57, of Surprise, AZ, went to be with the Lord on October 26, 2019. He was a native of Charlotte, NC.

He was a graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill College(University), in Mars Hill, NC, and a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He went on to earn a Doctorate degree in Education & Leadership from Spalding University, in Louisville, KY.

Dr. Barnes’s career in serving higher education students spans some 26 years. He served as Associate Vice President for Adult Programs at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He also served as Provost of Ottawa University in Arizona, Executive Vice President of Southwestern College (Arizona Christian University), and as President of Grace University in Omaha, NE. His last post was with Ottawa University (OUAZ) in Surprise, Arizona, as Executive Director for Advancement, Church and Alumni Relations.

David was passionate about what he felt God had called him to do – working in higher education, mentoring and helping college students succeed. He was a devoted husband and father. He had a gentle spirit and was kind to everyone. He was a good listener and encourager, a “glass is half full” kind of thinker.

David is survived by his wife of 32 years, Isabel Barnes; his two sons, Noah (21) and Lucas Barnes (18) from Surprise, AZ; his parents, Bob and Betty Jo Barnes of Charlotte, NC; his sister, Donna Melton (Alan) from Landrum, SC; his niece, Jennifer Curasco (Tony), of Jacksonville, FL; and nephew, Ryan Melton (Melinda), of Travelers Rest, SC.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in the Faith Arena at the Ottawa University Surprise Campus, 14470 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to Ottawa University, Surprise, https://secure2.convio.net/ouni/site/Donation2 via the Alumni heading on the university’s website.

18 Comments on “David Barnes

  1. Please accept my sincerest condolences. It has been an honor to serve your family.

  2. I have fond memories of working with David. My sincere condolences to the entire Barnes family. David was a good man.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Love your OCA family. Lori. Masen and Mallori

  4. Oh Isabella and boys, our hearts are with you. David was an amazing Godly man, all who had the privilege of knowing him, even for a moment, were truly blessed. Sending you our love.

  5. Although distance separated me from David over the past few decades, I always looked forward to my time with David and his family when they returned to Charlotte. It was a joy to see David pursue his dreams and goals and to achieve them while making a large impact for Christ on others in the process. The fruit of David’s ministry is very abundant, beginning with his successful marriage to Isabel, who has grown in the Lord along with David. Her strength and grace through this difficult time are amazing. Noah and Lucas have had the blessing of growing up in the Lord and their Christian witness and love for their parents is a great example of discipleship in their family. David had the good fortune to grow up with two God-loving parents who raised him in the Lord and supported his goals. David also had a devoted sister, Donna who steadfastly reached out to him over the miles regularly and supported him and his family. No doubt that the Lord is saying to David, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

    • My brother, David, was a wonderful, godly man who excelled at everything he put his hand to. He always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word for everyone. He loved the Lord, his family, his friends, his life’s work and life. I will always remember him with great love and affection and miss him greatly. I’ll see you on the other side David! Lovingly, your sister, Donna B. Melton

  6. Our hearts and prayers are with your family. My deepest sympathies are with you over the loss of your beloved husband and father.

  7. Isabel, deepest sympathies from Bonnie & I. Please know that you and your sons have been in our thoughts and prayers. Asking for God’s abundant grace to uphold you and sustain you in this difficult time.

  8. I am so saddened to hear this. Went to First Baptist Church with David. What a wonderful person he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  9. I sure will miss Dr, Barnes, I thank him for everything he has supported me while I was at OUAZ! My deepest sympathies are with you over the loss. He will always be in my heart

    • Dear Betty Jo Barnes, and family
      I worked with you at Charlotte Observer and you always talked about your children, David and his wife, and Donna and her husband. I always enjoyed talking with you and you were always a nice Chrustian lady with always a smile on your face. That is where David always was able to smile and be happy also. He was was enjoying doing what God wanted him to do. I am so sorry for your loss, and for David’s wife also. His two children will need their family by their side at times also. ⁶May God continue to grant you a sense of peace knowing that David was as Christ like as anybody could be and in heaven looking down on his entire family with love.” MAY GOD EACH ONE OF YOU AT THIS TIME.” Again and sorry for your loss of your Christian son.

      • Dear Jeanne

        Thank you for your kind words remembering me from yeas ago at The charlotte Observer I remenber you as a very kind and nice person, continue praying for all of us, greatly appreciated. Betty Jo

  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to Isabel, the boys and the Barnes family. I grew up with David in Charlotte, NC and we attended First Baptist Church together many years ago. I always knew him to be a good person with a great heart and excellent potential. It is wonderful to see how he sought the Lord’s will for his life and followed his guidance. He had a profound impact on many lives through his ministry and passion for mentoring and assisting college students. While he will be missed, the standard he set and the legacy he left behind will continue.

  11. Have GREAT memories of David growing up in First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Bob and Betty Barnes are still active in the church and we see them frequently. David was active in the church while growing up and participated in all the activities.

    We hated to hear of David’s passing, but our Lord has other plans for him. Our prayers go out to David’s family and the people that surrounded him especially during these few days.

    Ed and Linda Sinclair, Concord, N.C.

    • Dear Betty and Bob Barnes and family,

      I was so sorry hear about the loss of your son, Dr. David Barnes on the 26th of October, 2019. I worked with
      you, Betty Jo Barnes, at The Charlotte Observer many years ago and you always talked so highly of both of your children. You were so proud of them and their accomplishments along the way. I could always tell that Betty Jo was a fine Christian person. That Christian example carried over to David and Donna as well. I am so thankful for have known Betty Jo Barnes because she always talked about her loving family. I am so sorry for the loss of your son.

  12. Dear Barnes family,
    I was heartbroken to learn about David’s passing. What a special person he was – his smile and laughter made our youth group at First Baptist a lot of fun! I am so very sorry for your loss. It was a blessing to know David and you are all in my prayers.

  13. To everyone I want to thank you for all of your kindness shown to our entire family the passing of our precious David he was a man of God, a good son, husband, father, brother he loved everyone, we are all thankful for all of you, please keep us in your prayers

    In Christ and Love

    Bob and Betty Jo Barnes

  14. I just learned of David’s passing from BettyJo. I am deeply sorry for his loss. He is with his Lord and Saviour now. That may come as a comfort for all his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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