Mark Barnes


Mark Aaron Barnes Sr. entered eternal rest on Tuesday July 20, 2021, with his children by his side.

Mark was born August 6, 1959, to the late Simon Price and Antoinette Ethel Bradford Barnes, in Columbus, Ohio.

Mark was educated in Catholic schools where he attended Wehrle High School, where he was a member of the football team and graduated from Bishop Hartley High School in 1977 where he ran track, played basketball, and baseball.  Mark was employed by BP/Englefield Oil for 14 years and worked for the State of Ohio at the BMV and in General Services Division (GSD) for several years.  In addition to his long-term employment with the State and BP, Mark was also employed by Columbus City Schools, Columbus Recs and Parks, Piketon Lanes, and Columbus State Community College, while also working evening and night shift as an assistant and cook at a local market.  Mark found his way to supervisory positions which is a testament to his strong work ethic.

Mark was an avid bowler, he loved baseball, and one of his favorite hobbies was fishing.  Mark was a faithful friend, and he loved his family unconditionally.  Mark was known for his love for his children, often saying, “I don’t play about my kids”.  Mark was also known for his wittiness, his sarcasm, and his one-liners and quotes such as, “You Fruit Loopin’” or “You can teach smarts, you can’t teach intelligence.  Intelligence is hereditary”.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents Simon Price and Antoinette Barnes; two brothers Juan “Gary” Barnes and Byron Barnes, two sisters Stacy Williams and Erica Barnes.

Mark leaves to cherish his memories his beloved children James L. Moore, Bronshay A. Barnes, Michael A. Barnes, Tonisha R.Elder, Mark A. Barnes Jr., Marquan A. Barnes. Eight Grandchildren, Miyah, Torihan, Khyndre’, Malakai,Jeziah, Kendrick, Mykah, and Kendahl.  Brother, Michael (Rhonda) Barnes of Texas, sisters Jessica Burkhart of Maryland, Leslie Barnes, Alison Barnes, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Private Visitation 11:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 12:00 PM Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Chapel of Peace – East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Sending sincere condolence and prayers to all of you.

  2. Ronald L Howell

    Sending condolences, prayers and love to the family. Mark always treated me as a younger brother from the day I met him when I was in high school dating his little sister Alison and later becoming his brother-in-law. You will be missed and always loved!

  3. Sending my condolences to you and your family

  4. This world just lost a beautiful smile. My heartfelt prayers go out to all who loved him.

  5. Cheri Brooks Liggins

    I am so sorry to learn of Mark’s passing. My brothers, Maurice and Effley Brooks, and I share many happy memories of growing up with the Barnes family. My prayers are with you

  6. Sorry to hear of Mark’s passing I didnt see mark much after growing up and leaving Diane Pl ,but whenever I did he was always smiling and friendly. I send my condolences to the family and pray for God’s comforts during this difficult time.

  7. My husband and I will never forget what as special person Mark was. We shopped at his store everyday and was greeted with a smile or a story. He will bee deeply missed. Prayer to the family

  8. I would like to send my condolences and prayers to the family. I came to know Mark from going to the station daily where he worked. He was a dedicated employee to say the least . He was a strong willed man ,who would come across as tough, but had a heart of gold. We became friends and would talk often about the way the world is today.

    I considered Mark a friend and will truely miss him and his witty ,sassy comments.
    Fly high in the blue sky my brother!! You will be missed!

  9. Clintonia Constant

    My heart weeps for his children and siblings. May Gods grace sustain you through this difficult moment in time.

  10. Erica and Adairius Allison

    My condolences to the family.

  11. Martha smith and family

    I would like to extend my deepest condolences to my Barnes family. Mark was truly a great friend, (big brother) I have found memories as a child and as an adult of Mark. My memories will always put a smile on my face. May God keep and comfort you all through this most difficult time. Love always (Martha and the Fat family)

  12. Steven Mendenhall

    My prayers and condolences to the Barnes family. I grew up with Mark, we were friends and went to school together at St. John XX111, Holy Rosary, Wherle and graduated together at Bishop Hartley. We played Basketball together at Holy Rosary, Wherle and many times after school. I’m really sad to here of his passing. I’ve haven’t seen him since 78, but often tried to find him. I’m happy to hear he was surrounded by family, had a great life, and was loved and admired by many.

  13. Will miss you buddy, we had lots of fun .U a Browns fan me a Cowboys fan we would clash over who’s team was the best ,miss u man say hello to Jesus for me

  14. Tyrone Bowman

    Happy Father’s day man miss you buddy but you r fine ,tell God & Jesus hello for me

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