In Memory


JACK M. "MEL" BARNES Jr. JACK M. `MEL' BARNES, JR.Born under the sign of Leo, Jack (or Mel as he would become known to friends and family) roared into the world on July 24th, 1957 and didn't stop roaring until he passed away Friday, April 30th, 2010 at his home in Palacios, Texas. Mel lived his life on his own terms and ended his life on his own terms; in death he showed the same strength and honor that he displayed in life. Mel's choice not to live in pain and suffering is one to be respected; we honor his choice and are humbled by his courage.A graduate of Sharpstown High School, Mel's chosen career was in sheet metal fabrication. A member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA), Local 54 in Houston, Mel contributed to construction of the South Texas Project nuclear facility in the late 1980's.Away from work Mel enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a second home in Palacios, Texas for a number of years that allowed him to savor the wildlife of Tres Palacios and Matagorda Bay. An avid conservationist, he was also a member of BASS Conservation and Ducks Unlimited.Mel is survived by his daughter Courtney Camus Barnes of Somerville, Texas; father Jack M. Barnes, Sr. and stepmother Jan Cole of Weimar, Texas; mother Carole J. Clay and stepfather Hartley B. Clay of Gastonia, North Carolina; sister Terri Barnes Johnson and brother-in-law Allen J. Johnson, II of Mount Holly, North Carolina; sister Tracey Barnes McCain, brother-in-law George McCain and nephew Stuart McCain of Spring, Texas; significant other Mary Lesser to whom he was very close; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Fort Worth, Texas and New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania.A memorial service and celebration of Mel's life is planned for July 24th, 2010, the 53rd anniversary of his birth. Online condolences may be shared with the family and additional information on the memorial service can be found at:

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05/09/10 10:54 PM #1    

Holly Cummings (Ritter)

Mel was a wonderful guy! I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Terri, you have done an excellent job with the notice. is a great tribute! A terrific sister that you are!


May Mel now rest in peace. No more pain. No more suffering.

05/19/10 09:51 PM #2    

Karen Swenson (Willrodt)

I saw the obituary last week and was so surprised to see Mel Barnes there. I remember Mel and he was a really nice guy. My heart goes out to you for your loss and I really appreciate your post in the SHS page. Such a nice tribute.



05/22/10 11:14 AM #3    

Michael Griffith

Quite taken back and sad today on seeing this!  I was one of those fellow long haired guys running around the halls of SHS too and Mel was one of my buddies there.  When this website was put up and I saw Mel's name and high school picture it brought back lots of memories of those days.  It also brought some promise of getting to catch up at our upcoming reunion with some of my long lost friends.  Unfortunately I won't be able to do so with Mel.  After reading Terri's tribute, I understand that he made a personal choice of what was probably a very difficult decision to end his suffering and I respect him for that.  He's suffering no more.  Rest in peace Mel Barnes

In closing, this should serve as a reminder to us all that life is precious and a gift, live everyday as if it were your last and appreciate every healthy minute of it.

09/06/10 05:32 PM #4    

Charles Goebel

 Sorry to hear that

10/29/10 10:37 AM #5    

Julie Griffin (Snaman)

I am saddened to hear that you are no longer physically with us. You will be sorely missed. I was recently in the old hood and went down Tree Frog Lane where you lived. So many great memories! Was saddened to see how the street had changed! guess that is a sign of the times...God Bless you and your family!

03/17/15 01:14 PM #6    

Tracey Barnes

Top O the Morning to you big brother.  I have wonderful news that the OGSR has added you to the Paddle Out they hold in their Memorial Services to our lost Surfer friends and family.  Just wanted you to know that I think of you often and adore your picture on my coffee table and the grin you brighten my day up with.  Happy Saint Patty's day dear brother.  Love, your little sis, Tracey L. Barnesheart

04/27/17 01:05 PM #7    

Tracey Barnes

Hi Mel, was thinking about you and thought I would share that OGSR 2017 will be held on May 6 this year. We will all be sending out tributes to our lost brothers and sisters. It's a timeless gathering to honor those we love and have lost here. See you on the flip side, Love your lil sis♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

08/08/18 12:43 PM #8    

Tracey Barnes

Hi Mel, I've been thinking about you. I'm sure you can hear me. Just wanted you to know that Dad was thinking about you at his birthday party he became 85, which was wonderful since he had a bad heart attack so it was touch and go.

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