Erich Isadore Barnes


Erich I. Barnes Jr. was born on January 21, 1950 in Huntington, WV. He departed this earthly lifer on December 18, 2017 at the age of 67.


Erich attended Columbus Public Schools and graduated from South High School and continued his education at Ohio University and Receiving a Bachelors Degree in art.

He was a very gifted versatile and talented artist, musician, and dancer. He had a special way of touching people through his music and dance ministry. He enjoyed his flags and banners and it brought joy and a message to the inner soul. Also he was known as the “flagman”. Traveled to Israel with his ministry and resided in New York as a free lance artist.

 Erich is preceded in death by his parents Erich I. Sr., and Bessie Barnes.

 He leaves to cherish his memory sisters Eyvetta Padgett, Denise (Walter) Miller, Arneatha (Guy) Pace, brother Michael (Sheila) Barnes, and a host of nephews. nieces, Virginia family, dance ministry, and other relatives and friends from all over.

Services will be held at Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home The Chapel of Peace East 5456 E. Livingston Ave on December 21, 2017 10:00 Wake and 11:00 Service.

Condolence Messages

  1. evangelist cassandra aarons

    I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer our prayers and condolences to you and your family. In this tough time in …. A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from me, but closer to God, leaving loneliness and sadness. With immense …He will be missed by everyone. He was a blessing too many people. May his soul rest in peace. I was saddened to hear about the loss. Please take care …

  2. I haven’t seen Eric since Ohio University when we were both mellophone players. Nothing but good memories. Excellent player and excellent man.

    Travel well

    Steve Auditore

  3. May he rest in Peace a huge contribution to many churches, ministries and dance troupes. Awesome contributions to many children in the arts, music , dance, flags and banners. He will most certainly be missed additionally for his acumen with wonderful instruments like the Shofar, Obo, flutes and his staging . Always a warrior for the Lord with magnificent banners.
    A gentle spirit most of the time. I dance with him on several memorable occasions weddings, New Salem Baptist Church Dance event 911,Joy in Motion Choir, Selah events, Rhoda’s dance, First Church of God, Rhema Christian Center conferences sooo many to recall. May God Bless and Keep You family at this time.

  4. Michelle Armstrong

    The earth has lost one amazing man. Erich loved to touch peoples lives through his flag ministry. I had the pleasure of working with him on many weddings. The wedding was never complete unless he had added all of his creativity with fabric.
    I know that you are now blowing your Shofar before our God and a cloud full of witnesses. May your soul soar with the Angels of God. I am so blessed to have crossed your path over 25 years ago.

  5. Erich left a lasting impression on my life since we ministered together decades ago. A dear man. His influence is continuing to be passed on to many generations. He showed forth a facet of the beauty of the Lord. Now he is seeing Him in His fullness. God bless you. May the God of all comfort envelope you in His total and unfailing love.

  6. Above the floodwaters is God’s throne from which his power flows, from which he rules the world. God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace. You, family, friends are in our prayers. The Scott (Gayle and Romerry) family.

  7. Pastor Alice and Bishop Pierce

    Dearest Erich who will take your place? No one currently able to step up and do all the things you were talented by God to do. Love and kisses

  8. Pastor Alice and Bishop Pierce

    My friend of skill and beauty every thing that you looked upon became a canvas your eyes would see what know else could , it had to be radiant and glorious the way you danced with the flags that were an exstendece of your body , the way you ushered in the presences Of God with your horn . The time that you ministered in the dirt under the bridge to the homeless with us makes me weep even now , Much Love to you and your Family .

  9. To the entire Barnes family, my heart goes out to all after knowing each of you for so many years. May you find happiness in knowing that the Lord has called Erich to his heavenly home where he will take his final rest. Treasure the many gifted memories he has shared with so many of us and I pray this will bring you not only comfort but also a “smile as bright as his”, one Erich did so lovingly! RIH

  10. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one.

  11. To the family and friends of Erich, you have my condolences in your loss. God’s original purpose was for the human family to become many, to fill the earth, and to live forever upon it! What happened? Adam sinned and passed it down to all humans. However, because of God’s undeserved loving kindness, he allowed his son Jesus to die to reverse the effects of sin. May you have faith in his promise of the resurrection of the dead (Acts 24:15).

  12. Jocelyn Nance McDonald

    A great loss to the body of Christ on earth but truly a gift to heaven. God is love & you were loved by many!!! Just walk around heaven all day with instrumentals, dance & flags!!! You will be truly missed

  13. Oh, I just heard of Erich’s passing yesterday…… heart was saddened. I went to South high with Erich. Never was there a finer person. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Bless you dear friend.

  14. Columbus South High School Alumni Association

    The South High School Alumni Association and its Board of Directors want to express our sympathy and send condolences at the death of your loved one. Our entire South High School family is diminished by his passing.

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