Dr. J. Michael “Mike” Barnes, of New Martinsville, WV, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on August 20th. He was born November 14, 1947. He is preceded in death by his parents, J. Randall Barnes and Mary Ann Barnes as well as his brother, William “Terry” Barnes. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Jeanne K. Barnes, daughter, Dr. Carrie Barnes-Mullett (Jeff “Mooch”) and two grandchildren Ben and Evie.
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A graduate of Magnolia High School, he served as class president, and was a member of the baseball, track and basketball teams in addition to being a member of the 1964 championship football team. He completed his undergraduate degree at WVU and received his DVM at The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
He was a beloved veterinarian to many furry friends at the Riverside Animal Clinic, which he opened in June of 1977. He was a long time member of the local Rotary Chapter and the Brooks Bird Club. He enjoyed being outdoors: going on hikes (which would not always be the promised loops), fishing trips (which were more about being outside than actually catching fish), bike rides (which weren’t always fast) or sitting outside for happy hour with his special cat “Six”. He especially enjoyed walks on the beach at Emerald Isle, NC which he was recently able to visit with his family. Spending time with Ben and Evie, especially teaching them the fine arts of teasing, cookie eating, and flatulence were also activities he savored. Most Wednesday evenings Mike and Jeanne could be found enjoying the weekly wine tasting and many other evenings during Happy Hour at Baristas with a loyal crowd of friends.
A private graveside service was held for close family and friends at the family cabin on August 21st. A celebration of life will be held in the garden of Barista’s on Saturday, Sept. 14th from 1-4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Ohio State University, 1480 West Lane Ave. Columbus, OH 43221. Attn: WV Student Scholarship Fund # 315329 or Brooks Bird Club PO Box 4077 Wheeling, WV 26003.