Guest Book for Henry Malcolm Barnes

Provided by McCommons Funeral Home

Posted by: Barbara Stewart Norris
Mon November 17, 2014
I was very sad when Gail Lindsey called me last night about Henry's
passing. He was voted "most likely to succeed" in the class of 1957. He
lived up to that.

Posted by: Louis Phillips
Mon November 17, 2014
I am  stunned to hear this, especially so close to Frank's passing.  Henry and I roomed together at UGA. Such a good person and gifted artist. What a loss!

Posted by: Talmadge Walker
Mon November 17, 2014
Please accept my condolence and prayer during your time of grief. Talmadge Walker, class of '57.18

Posted by: Fay O'Neal Knight
Tue November 18, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Henry's passing.  All of his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Pam Wright
Tue November 18, 2014
The first time I saw Henry was in a choir loft at the funeral of Janice Musarra's son.  He looked like a Greek god and sang like an angel.  After the service, he went to the Musarra's and started a pot of chili.  As that was going, he began playing the guitar and singing as friends gathered around him.  I found out about his art talent and later visited his precious cottage.  The day of the funeral, my parents were present.  My father said, "He is a rich man."  He can sing, play music, is an artist, a likeable person, and makes damn good chili."  That sums of a great life.  He was so kind and I have thought of him so many times since then.  I am so sorry for your terrible loss and we know he is happy where he is now.

Posted by: Marilee Davis
Tue November 18, 2014
It is with such sorrow and shock to learn of Henry's passing. (Thank you Lucy for letting me know.) Henry and I talked about his faith, especially after losing his brother, Frank, earlier this year. May he rest in peace - and may the Barnes family find comfort in knowing that Henry is okay with this new place and eternal life. Henry was such a gifted individual and will be forever missed. Love, Marilee

Posted by: Brad Steele
Tue November 18, 2014
I first met Henry when he moved into the EWC subdivision many years ago. Henry played on our men's tennis team and was always a fixture by the pool during the summer. As we got to know Henry he finally confessed he was an artist. After seeing his work, I fell in love with his landscape pieces and purchased one that proudly is displayed in my living room. I will always remember him as a friendly giant of a man with a kind soul. He was so incredibly talented in so many ways (art, music and sports) and was very humble about his work. Rest in peace, Henry. You will be dearly missed. Brad and Pamela Steele

Posted by: Nancy Barter
Wed November 19, 2014
I do not know where to begin. I met Henry 22 years ago at a party on Lake Lanier. Henry was playing his guitar. We became friends immediately. Henry taught me so many things through the years, from art and music, we traveled to his favorite places in Italy and France, and spent countless afternoons and evenings cooking, drinking wine, philosophizing and of course laughing. No words can express my tremendous sense of loss, however Henry will live on forever, where he has always been, in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has had the honor and pleasure of knowing Henry.

Posted by: Betty O'Neal Jordan
Wed November 19, 2014
With deepest sympathy to all the family.

Posted by: H Marty Schelper
Wed November 19, 2014
Sincerest condolences to all those who loved Henry and were touched by his zest for life.  May God bless you Henry!

Posted by: Pam Bruce
Wed November 19, 2014
Everyone looked up to Henry and not only because he was 5'-18 1/2" tall. You could hear his big, bold laugh before he entered a room.  Besides his incredible gifts of singing, playing music and creating extraordinarily beautiful artwork, Henry was a masterful story teller. He observed the world around him and created fabulous stories that made all of us laugh. No one could tell it like Henry. His friends far and near are fortunate to have crossed his path while on this earth.
Thank you, Henry, for making this earth a more beautiful place to be. We will all cherish your gifts, especially the incredible art, forever. The swan  and the sunset paintings mean even more to me now. Thanks you.

Posted by: Anne Laine Goad
Wed November 19, 2014
What a privilege to have known and worked with Henry for more than 25 years.  The art world lost one of its stars and we all lost a good friend too soon.

Posted by: Sam Maguire
Wed November 19, 2014
My life was forever lifted because of Henry.I met Henry through Nancy Barter and immediately connected with Henry as if i was kudzu to a landscape. Nancy and i could not get enough time with Henry.It seemed that every weekend we were all 3 connected to some degree... either in spirit or in person. But, as our relationship grew he taught me something incredibly valuable that i always fall back too when i get stressed or take life to seriously.Henry made me visualize a clock or meter and said.. "that i can accomplish all i want a few notches less in lieu of full throttle"..basically dial it back Sam to a 6 and not a 9 he would say to me.. then we would grab that second bottle of wine and start laughing again.Henry had the best laugh and i can here it now!  Henrys spirit is alive and well in my house and will be never forgotten. I will deeply miss Henry but hold on to his spirit he so freely shared with Nancy and me.Little did i know how luck i was this slice of time prior to getting married and having a child...i will cherish forever. Heaven just got a little more artistic! With a saddened heart, Sam.

Posted by: Laura Thatcher
Thu November 20, 2014
I first met Henry through his paintings at Lagerquist Gallery when I was a young poor lawyer appreciating fine art beyond my reach.  After years of admiring his work from afar I finally had the great fortune to meet him in person at a dinner party at Nancy Barter's house.  I was spellbound from the gitgo.  After dinner he played the guitar and we sang -- when we looked up it was 3 am! In the ensuing years, we became fast friends.  I think of Henry everytime I walk past our fire place in the cabin piled high with ashes.  The first time he came for dinner, I offered him a glass of wine and he said -- "Yes, but hold it.  The first thing I need is a bucket and shovel.  I'll clean out your fireplace for you."  My heart still lights up when I think of Henry -- what a wonderful gift to have known him.  Henry's spirit lives on for me in his four wonderful paintings I eventually collected and the fond memories my husband and I have of goods times spent in his warm company.  Our prayers are with Henry's family and friends.  May the time soon arrive that our happy memories replace the sting of grief.

Posted by: Bruno Tassone
Thu November 20, 2014
Knowing Henry these past 30 years through his close relationship with the entire Brown family I realize there is not enough one can say about him that would do justice. Recognizing all of his skills and the depth and breath of his talent I think it is very important to discuss his large capacity to make other's happy with each encounter with him and the care and concern he showed to all of us. He will be missed now and for a long time but leaves us with his legacy and an abundance of fond memories of a large man who made a large positive impact on all of us.

He very much loved his immediate family and I would like all of you to know that he constantly impressed me with that love for his family. May he forever rest in peace.

Posted by: Theresa Tassone Fitzsimmons
Thu November 20, 2014
The Tassone Family will certainly miss Henry.  He visited most of our homes, including our family home in Florida, and shared his warm and loving personality with us.  We admired his music and artistic talent and we have his art work in our homes.  We are the better for knowing him.  May his soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Grace Tassone Wilson/Richard Wilson
Thu November 20, 2014
We were so sad to hear the news about Henry's passing.  Three generations of the Tassone Family were advocates and friends of Henry over many years.  He touch our lives with his music, his paintings and his fun personality.  We loved seeing him whenever he made it to Charlotte, NC for one of his art shows.  He even visited our family in Catania, Sicily on one of his trips to Italy.  So Henry was certainly loved across the globe not to mention Tassones living in California, Texas, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia!  We will miss him but never forget him.  
With sincere sympathy and love,
Grace and Richard Wilson

Posted by: Paula Renner - Sarasota, FL
Thu November 20, 2014
I came across this and thought of our dear Henry.  However, I doubt that failures  and frustration were ever in his equation.

When buying from an ARTIST, you’re buying more than just a painting.  You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation.  You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy.  You aren’t just buying a thing. You’re buying a piece of heart, a part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life.

I first met Henry through dear friends Linda Brown and Bruno Tassone late 80’s  in Sarasota, FL. Henry was a giant of a man with a heart to match, had the deepest voice and was the kindest soul you ever met.  Not to mention the most talented and entertaining. We all loved to hear him play the guitar and sing.   I think that’s the first time I heard him sing “Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man.” I love that little song to this day and sing it on regular occasions, and always think of Henry.  In fact, I sang it to him recently on the phone!  He then sang something to me, but sad to say, I can’t remember what it was, but I do know it made me smile.

We were fortunate to have attended some of Henry’s Art shows at various galleries in Atlanta and Charlotte, NC.  We even had an impromptu art show at our home!  I loved hearing Henry stories about his artwork, and there was a story behind each and every piece of art that he ever painted.  My late husband, Art, and I always thought it would be a wonderful experience to take a trip with Henry.  He was so well travelled.
We dined, we drank, we laughed, we sang.....

My last phone conversation with Henry was about 3 weeks ago.  We had the best conversation and he told me he needed to plan to come to Sarasota and stay at Bruno’s and we’d all get together like old times…… We loved him and he loved us.

“Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man.”.............

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Paula Renner, Sarasota, FL

Posted by: KAY JOHNSON
Thu November 20, 2014
With a heavy heart I bid farewell to this giant of a man and he was a giant in many ways. A gentle and beautiful soul he leaves all of us with wonderful memories. Henry was one of these "forever friends" we will never forget. My thoughts and prayers to his family and all his forever friends.                          rest in eternal peace my friend. Sarasota, Kay

Posted by: Sylvia Folsom
Fri November 21, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Henry.  I had only met him once but Phyllis would share all of the stories about the family with us at work.  All were such a fun and loving family.  I have one of his paintings and love it.  My heart goes out to the family.  Losing two brothers within a few months is so hard.  I will be praying for the family.  Love to all of you.

Posted by: George Ogletree
Sat November 22, 2014
I was at 1955 class before he was. I know him but went into the US Marine Corp in Sept 1955. I know the family will miss him.

Posted by: Reid and Deloris Mullins
Sat November 22, 2014
Dear family, So sad to hear this report of Henry. I recall so well the good times I had as a young guy visiting your home and sharing good times with all of you. Please know Deloris and I send our love and our prayers to you at this time. Love, Reid and Deloris. N. Mullins

Posted by: Carolyn Nicholes
Sat November 22, 2014
I met Henry over 40 years ago.  We were close off and on throughout the years.  I could go for years without seeing him, and when we got together, it was like not a moment had passed!  He was a wonderful, unique person, and I will think of him with love forever.  I know that many people will miss him, as he was loved by so many.  May his sweet soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Cynthia McCallister
Sat November 22, 2014
I have thought and thought this week about what to say about Henry.  Every time I think of him I hear his booming laugh pointing out the irony or humor or obvious nature of my mental conversations about him.  Henry gave me my life as a painter.  That huge guy painting all of those guys with beards that I walked by every day on my way to my loft changed my life when he showed up at my door with a six pack of beer and asked if I'd pose for him.  A few days later he showed back up with one of his personally designed and built paintboxes and said 'I think you might be a paintuh and if you found it this young you are lucky!'  And then he taught me to paint.  And oh, how lucky was I.  
Henry Barnes told me never to give away a painting and yet, he gave so much to the world, so generously, in his music, his wisdom, his humor, his ever thinking mind and, of course, his paintings.  He gave me Mary Katherine and the Barnes family and so many happy times.  I imagine  him reading this and saying 'Ahhh, you so kind' and then, a split second later looking me in the eye with a sly smile before bursting into that booming laugh.  I'm sure he's laughing with Frank right now and that is a comfort.  
Henry Barnes has been one of the most important influences of my life and I will forever be grateful and feel lucky to have known him and he will always live in my thoughts.

Posted by: Becky Weikert
Thu November 27, 2014
I am beyond sad to learn that Henry Barnes has passed. I met him at an art show and couldn't decide which was the greatest - his art or his winning personality! No one can compare to Henry's ability to paint light. I am blessed to have 3 of his paintings and they make my heart sing. I spoke with him last year when I was looking for my 3rd. He was charming, delightful and so helpful. My thoughts are with his family and friends. It is cliche', but the world was a more beautiful place with Henry Barnes in it.

Posted by: Kathy Ward
Sun November 30, 2014
Henry was a very important part of me and my sister's life for many years.
He was a very, very special person for my sister, Patricia Ward, who was devastated when I shared the news of his passing. I will always remember him - going back too the late 60s and the music he played, and of course, his humor.I am very blessed to have a portrait of my mother that he painted of her.  He was truly and multi-talented person who was very loved by those who were lucky to have known him.

I know this is not the forum to ask, but I have no other way of getting in touch with his family.  So I apologize for this.  My sister, Pat, told me that she had loaned Henry a portrait of our father as well as a portrait of her.  If you come across these items, please let me know.  Again, I apologize for having to write this in his guest book.  Blessings and thoughts to your family.

Posted by: Gina Sissine Hoffmann
Tue January 13, 2015
Dear Phyllis and Family,

  Henry has been in my thoughts over the past many years. I am so very sorry to hear about his passing.  Henry and you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace and love be with all of you.

Phyllis I would love to hear from you.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Gina S Hoffmann


Posted by: Terry Lockman
Sat January 17, 2015
I have just learned of Henry's passing.  I don't know the circumstances, but it appears that in his last days, Henry was seeking The Lord.  I know that he is in the abundance  of heaven, with those he loves.   I will always remember our,times together, learning to shoot in Union Point, listening to all the hilarious family stories when they got together, and Christmas Eve are just a few.    I'm just shocked to hear of his passing and I wish I had known in time to attend the service for him.

Posted by: Anne Jenkins
Fri January 23, 2015
I am so sad and shocked to learn today of Henry's passing. It was my great honour and joy to show his work at my gallery in Union Point for a few years. He was generous with his immense talent and knowledge. I learned so much from him. His humour and kindness made him a wonderful friend. Lee & I still talk about him so often.
Our sincere condolences to his family.
Anne Jenkins & Lee Nelson