Obituary for Donna Barnes


Funeral services for Donna Barnes, 86, of Pocola is 10 a.m. Thursday at Rock Island Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Brad Kuhl officiating.


Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola. 


She was born Oct. 3, 1937 in Lasalle, Illinois to Rose (Kehoe) and Tim Decker and passed away Dec. 26, 2023 in Pocola.  She was married to A.J. (Bully) Barnes May 16, 1953 in Yuma, Arizona.

Donna was never able to have kids of her own, but she was like a mother and grandmother to many. After Donna retired from Whirlpool she spent most of her free time with her husband, Bully.  They enjoyed fishing and camping at Broken Bow Lake, where many of their friends and family joined in. Donna and Bully grew the best tomatoes and she was the best cook in Leflore County! She was an avid Facebook user, always posting the funniest, most witty remarks, and was always the first to wish you “Happy Birthday”. Donna was always there for whoever needed her and was the most caring and understanding person, after all, she was married to Bully for 68 years. Donna was more than ready to go meet her heavenly savior and we know she was overjoyed to be reunited with the love of her life and many other loved ones. Her faith in God never wavered. 


Donna is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

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Craig Hall
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