Thomas Walter Barnes

Published 4:58 pm Monday, April 2, 2018

Nov. 30, 1937 – March 28, 2018

MANTEO, NC – Tommy Barnes, 80, of Manteo, NC died surrounded by his family, Wednesday, March 28. A native of Bertie County, NC, he was born November 30, 1937.  

Thomas Walter Barnes

Tommy was predeceased by his parents Ernest E. Barnes and Eunice Bazemore Barnes; brother Bill Barnes (Ahoskie, NC) and sister, Elma Evans (Dayton, OH).  He is survived by his wife, Joyce Brown Barnes of the home; one son, Jeffrey Barnes and his partner, Dan Joy (Raleigh, NC); two daughters, Cindy Barnes (Manteo, NC) and Brenda Savage, her husband, Matt Savage (Cary, NC); two grandchildren, Zackary and Brandon Savage. He is also survived by two sisters, Sarah Chaffin, husband, Ken Chaffin (Roseville, CA) and Mae Allen, husband, Frank Allen (Charlotte, NC) and widowed wife of brother Bill, Nellie Barnes (Ahoskie, NC).

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   After growing up on a farm and graduating from Ahoskie High School, he decided that farming was not exactly what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. For a time, he lived in Murfreesboro, NC and managed in the gas and furniture industry, but then in 1970, he moved his family to Manteo, NC where he would spend the rest of his life working hard for his family. He and his business partner, Frank Adams, began a company (A & B Carpets) in 1974 that eventually became A & B Carpet One. He was happiest when he was working or working on something. He retired from the company in 2004 but continued to keep busy with real estate and other interests.  He loved to cook particular dishes and loved getting compliments, which would result in a huge smile!  He was hardworking and active until his health began to decline more and more.

  A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Manteo Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Simpson and Rev. Gregory L. Clark officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thomas W. Barnes may be made to Outer Banks SPCA (PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954, online at, Outer Banks Dare Challenge (PO Box 123, Wanchese, NC 27981, online at, or one’s favorite charity.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at