OBITUARY: Royal Carter Barnes


Mr. Royal Carter Barnes passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022, he was 87 years old.

He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on August 1, 1935, to the late Joe Barnes and Edna Harper.

Carter is preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Midge Pentecost, and Katherine Blythe; his first love, Joan Hudson; and his companion of 47 years, Helen Shores.

He is survived by his son, Randy (Jonnalyn) Barnes; brothers, Gary (Kay) Barnes, John (Cathy) Barnes, Ronnie (Margie) Barnes, Robert, and Joe Barnes; sisters, Christine Hamlin, Polly Elliott, and Jean (James) Wolf; one grandchild, Jacob Barnes; loyal best friend Gloria (Dwight) Lindsay; sons by choice, Ronnie (Charlotte) Shores and Terry (Bettye) Shores; and his beloved cat Sue.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 12 noon in the Chapel of Cheatham County Funeral Home with Brother Chris Moore officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 9, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and on Wednesday from 10 am until the hour of service. Burial will follow at EverRest of Cheatham in Pleasant View, Tennessee. Serving as active pallbearers will be family and friends. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jerry “Rooster” Wilson, Les (Nancy) Williams, and Bobby “Charlie Boy” Wilson.

The family would like to thank Alive Hospice and Vantage Pointe Senior Living for their excellent care throughout Carter’s journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude in memory of Carter.

Cheatham County Funeral Home 615-792-2552 online condolences at


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