OBITUARY: Bobby Donald Barnes


Bobby Donald Barnes, age 78 of Ashland City, TN, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.

Bobby was born on May 14, 1945, in Ashland City, TN to the late Johnny Barnes and Louise Davenport Barnes.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Claire Van Hook Barnes, sister Linda Bateman, brother Paul Barnes and daughter Penelope Carney Bevilaqua (Steve).

Bobby is survived by brothers, J. W. Barnes (Kathleen) and Earl Barnes (Gail); children, Pamela Carney Read, Bernard Van Hook Carney (Kathleen) B’Donna Barnes Roberson (Anthony), Robert Van Hook Barnes (Mary). Grandchildren Richard Read, Kristen Coulter, Angela Read Greek, Shelly Piantanida, Kacie Evans, Steven K. Bevilaqua, Jr., Kara Board, Eric Carney, Stephanie Richards, William Carney, Victoria Roberson, Charles Roberson, Bradley Barnes, Katie Barnes. Bobby is also a proud great-grandfather of 19 great-grandchildren.

Bobby was always busy and never sat down until he had to. He loved to go and got to see all 50 states and travel to Europe. He worked for the USDA and retired after 40 years.

Bobby loved his grandchildren and being outside. He liked to mechanic and tinker and could make most things mechanical run longer than expected. He was probably happiest on his tractor or sitting watching as meats smoked on his custom-built trailer smoker.

Bobby liked to dabble in playing cards. He would count cards at a casino or the Ashland City Senior Center.

Bobby was a past member of the Cheatham County Rescue Squad and could do dive searches. When they were around, Bobby liked to play at the Ashland City Croquet Court, drink coffee at the Klondike Cafe and the Dine Quik.

Visitation was held on Friday, November 24, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and on Saturday, November 25th, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Boyd Funeral Home. Bobby was laid to rest with his wife Claire on Saturday, November 25th, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Forest Hills Cemetery in Ashland City, TN.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Amyloidosis Foundation at

Arrangements are under the care of Boyd Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 101 Elizabeth Street. Ashland City, TN 37015 Phone: 615-792-4677. Online condolences may be made by visiting


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