Christopher Barnes

Christopher Marcus "Chris" Barnes Sr.

Sunday, November 13th, 1977 - Monday, February 15th, 2021
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Christopher Marcus “Chris” Barnes, Sr., 43, of Hastings, passed from this life at home on Monday, February 15, 2021. He was born in St. Augustine on 11/13/1977, a birthday he shared with his beloved Grandmother Nancy. Chris was a lifelong resident of Hastings, a town where nearly everyone knew him. He was a 1995 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Augustine where he received the “McGyver” Award. Chris loved working with his family on their multi-generational farm. He was instrumental in the success of Barnes Farm. He could fix anything anyone broke, and never complained about doing that.

Chris served as a board member on the Putnam-St. Johns County Farm Bureau Chapter of Florida Farm Bureau and was recently elected to serve as President. He was a member of Anastasia Baptist Church in Elkton. Chris was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Chris accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of ten.

Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde M Barnes, Ralph and Mary Gosline and his father-in-law, Web Merwin.

He is survived by his wife (the love of his life) of 15 years, Heather Barnes of Hastings; two sons, Christopher Marcus Barnes, Jr. and Colby Joseph Barnes; a daughter, Sadie Anne Barnes, all of Hastings; his parents, Mark and Anne Barnes of Hastings; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Barnes of Hastings; a brother, James Barnes (Rebekah) of Hastings; a sister, Virginia Barnes of Elkton; his mother-in-law, Jeanne Merwin of Palatka; his special and loving Uncle Joe and Aunt Dottie Scruggs of Palatka; nieces, Isabella Barnes and Amelia McGee and nephew, Logan Barnes. There are numerous other extended family members, many of whom were extremely close to him, and all of them are grieving the loss of Chris.

Services celebrating Chris’s life will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the Barnes Family Farm Barn, 8155 Barnes Farm Road, Hastings, with Bro. Willie B. McKinnon, III officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill West Cemetery in Palatka. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services at 2:00 P.M.

Flowers are gratefully accepted, or memorial donations may be sent to Anastasia Baptist Church - Elkton Building Fund ACE4G, 1650 A1A South, St. Augustine, Fl. 32080 or to Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263 a charity that Putnam / St. Johns Chapter of Farm Bureau supports via fundraisers.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Chris’s Book of Memories page at

Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Barn at Barnes Farm
    8100 Barnes Farm Rd
    HASTINGS, FL 32145
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 2:00pm
    Barn at Barnes Farm
    8100 Barnes Farm Rd
    HASTINGS, FL 32145
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Brother Willie McKinnon, Jr.
  • Interment

    Oak Hill West Cemetery
    S. Palm Ave
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Sandra Merwin

Posted at 10:10am
So sorry for your loss. So young to be gone. Keeping all your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Sandra and Keith Merwin

Edie Leitner

Posted at 04:25pm
I have loved and taught Colby, Amelia, and Isabella and had the pleasure of working with this kind and big- hearted family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and holding you close in my heart.

The Hastings Agricultural Extension Center

Posted at 10:42am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Cathy Strickland

Posted at 10:37pm
Although I've known Chris his whole life, I really got to experience his pleasant, fun-loving upbeat personality while he attended St. Joseph Academy where I worked. Since those many years ago, I have never seen Chris that I didn't get a hug and a big "How are you doing?" It was my great pleasure to have been a small part of Chris' life. Although I haven't had the pleasure to be associated with Chris wife and children, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers are offered to them and especially to Marc, Anne, Ginny, Jim and Miss Nancy. I understand the pain of losing your child too soon. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

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Posted at 10:45am
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