Funeral service for long time Seminole County resident and public school educator, Samuel George Barnes was held on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Charlie Bailey officiating. Sam passed away Friday, March 22nd, 2019 in Muskogee Veterans Hospital. Samuel George Barnes was born to George Washington Barnes and Effie Jane Melton Barnes in Stratford, Oklahoma on July 22nd, 1925.
Sam graduated from Checotah High School, attended Conner State and Austin College and later graduated from East Central University where he received his Master of Education degree. Sam married Betty Christine Herring May 13, 1947 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. During Sam’s career in education he was principal and coach of New Model School from 1951 to 1967, elementary principal in Wewoka from 1967 to 1971, high school principal, basketball, baseball coach and math teacher at New Lima from 1972 to 1975, Wewoka High School Principal from 1975 to 1978, Two years in Alaska as an educator and retiring as Sasakwa Schools Superintendent in 1986.
Sam was a member of Eufaula Church of Christ and Lions Club International. Sam enjoyed sports, fishing and quail hunting. Sam was in the Navy during WWII and served in the Pacifi c Theater as a Radioman on a Troop transport ship. His ship transported marines from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima. Later his ship became a Hospital ship. Sam was honorably discharged January of 1946.
Survivors include his children; Janet and husband Roger Whelan of Eufaula, Steve and wife Annette Barnes of Wewoka, Son-In-Law; Don Glasco of Coal-gate, grandchildren; Chris and wife Diane Whelan, Renee and husband Joe LaValley, Michael and wife Suzie Glasco, Misty and husband Justin Smith, Bailey and husband Kevin Tattersall, nine great grandchildren, sister; Maureen Barnes of Mesa, Arizona and numerous other relatives and friends.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents, wife Christine Barnes, daughter, Cindy Lynn Glasco, sisters; Gladys McKinley, Stella Mae Collier, Catherine Anderson, brothers; Benjamin F. Barnes, William H. Barnes and Gene Barnes.
Pallbearers were Carl Barkhimer, Tony Keefer, Gavin LaValley, Matt Whelan, Ausin Glasco and Andrew Glasco.
Honorary Pallbearers were Art Garner, L.B. Garfield, Gary La-Valley, Earl Anderson, James Orsburn, Hubert Gawf, and Al Roberts.