Barnes, David Nelson
Birth: Sunday, March 13, 1949 in Scotland, Maryland
Death: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the age of 68
Laid to Rest: in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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David Nelson Barnes, 68, passed away on April 13th, 2017 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He was born on March 13, 1949 in Scotland, Maryland to James Nelson and Margaret Ellouise Barnes. David grew up in Scotland, MD. He attended St. Peter Claver Elementary and Great Mills High School.  

Following high school, he joined the Army in 1969 and served for 2 years. He served in Vietnam and was the recipient of a Purple Heart medal, Army Commendation, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with 60 Device, National Defense Service Medal, Marksmanship Badge, M-14 Badge, M-16 Badge and Code of Conduct award. He was honorably discharged in 1971.

After leaving the Army, he began work for the United States Government as a Civil Servant carpenter and then as a facilities worker where he was employed for a total of 34 years. During breaks of employment from the US Government, David drove a school bus for his Aunt Rosa Hewlett.  After retiring from the government, he went back to work as a contractor, continuing to support the US Government for 7 years until retiring completely in 2014.

David met Belinda in 1987 and they married in 1991 in Leonardtown, MD. They were happily married for 25 years. David was a lifelong member of St. Peter Claver.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He was known as a jokester among them, and loved to make them laugh.  He enjoyed traveling all over, but especially to North Carolina and NASCAR country. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events. David was also a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan and loved nothing more than talking about them to everyone and bragging on their greatness!

David was preceded in death by his parents James Nelson and Ellouise Barnes, and his brother, Edwin Hewlett. David is survived by his wife, Belinda, of Lusby, MD; his daughter, Cindy Barnes of Scotland, MD; his son David (Davida) Barnes of Lexington Park, MD; stepson Harold Seymore of Lexington Park, MD; stepdaughter Jillian Seymore of Lusby, MD; his brother, Raymond Barnes of Brandywine, MD and his 8 grandchildren Arnisha Westry, Zykiah Barnes, Michael Barnes, Eugene Barnes Jr., Harold Seymore IV, Kennadi Barnes, Kayshawn Cutchember, and Daelyn Barnes.

A visitation will be held at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Inigoes, MD at 9:00AM April 24th, 2017 until a Mass of Christian Burial begins at 11:00am with Father Scott Woods officiating. Interment will follow at Cheltenham at a later date. Pallbearers will be Manuel Bryan, Damian Chase, James Johnson, Ryan Jones, Lamont Nelson, and Mervin White. Honorary Pallbearers will be William Barnes, Julian Bryan, Martin Carroll, Wendell Ford, Alonzo Gaskin, and Steve Hawkins. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.
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