In Memory of




Obituary for Louise E Henry-Barnes

Louise Elizabeth Henry-Barnes, the first daughter of the late Harold and Bertha Henry, was born on July 29, 1942. She was the second of five children. On Sunday, July 2, 2023, Louise joined her heavenly family, got her wings, and went to walk with the angels.

Louise began her spiritual journey very early in life. During her early childhood, she attended Bridge Street African Methodist Episcopal Church. Louise regularly attended Sunday School and enjoyed participating in various children's activities through the Youth Ministry. This established the foundation for her strong relationship with God.

Louise was educated in the New York City Public Schools and graduated from Girls High School in Brooklyn, New York. In 1958, Louise met Willie Barnes when he accompanied her brother home while on leave from the U.S. Navy. Subsequently, Willie and Louise courted, married, and created a family.

After marrying Willie Barnes, Louise moved to Queens, New York and joined Calvary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. Walter S. Pinn. Louise was a willing worker for Christ and faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church. As a devoted servant of Christ, she served in many capacities to enrich the kingdom of God. Louise assiduously served as President of the Gospel Chorus and President of the New York Club. She served as a member of Vision of Praise Dance Ministry also fulfilling the role of Wardrobe Mistress. She also faithfully served as Angelic Children Ministry Nursery Teacher and Culinarian, Imani Youth Ministry Advisor, and Girl Scouts Leader- Daisy Scout. In addition, Louise diligently served as a member of the Choir, Church Anniversary Committee, Creation Club, Culinary Committee, Graduates Committee, and Senior Program Committee. Louise loved her church family and was always the first to offer help selflessly giving her time, fmances, and prayers to anyone in need.

Louise worked for the New York City Board of Education as a Paraprofessional until 1981. Thereafter, she worked as a home health aide rendering care to others for the next ten years. In 1992, Louise returned to her passion of working with children and was employed by South Jamaica Center for Children and Parents Inc. Center II and Center III. There, she assisted in shaping the minds of young children while fostering the development of parental skills for adults until her retirement in 2008.

Louise was a compassionate spirit and unapologetically loved with her whole heart. While she was the biological mother of seven children, many people considered her their spiritual mother or grandmother. Louise cared deeply for her family, friends, and neighbors serving as their biggest cheerleader and greatest friend. She would help anyone in need offering a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, good motherly advice, great food for the soul, or a home cooked meal including her famous potato salad.

Louise had an impeccable sense of style. She enjoyed dressing up and was considered quite the fashionista as many admired her accessories and clothing. Louise has left a legacy of elegance, gratitude, and grace. Her presence will sorely be missed.

Louise leaves to honour her memory and celebrate her life, seven children, Kevin (Carmen) Barnes of Hampton, VA, Denise Barnes of Pennsylvania, Kim (Dale) Holmes of Raleigh, NC, Darrin (Frances) Barnes of Roanoke, VA, Cheryl Barnes of Newport News, VA, Carol Barnes of Brooklyn, NY, and Shantel Gaston (Nathaniel) Cook of St. Albans, NY; twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; her twin brother Frederick Henry of Harlem, NY; two sisters Lucille Smith of Vermont and Veronica Henry of Atlantic City, NJ; four sisters-in-law, Shirley Barnes Holmes of Columbia, SC, Corine Peterson of Wagner, SC, Diane Barnes of Washington, DC, Edella Barnes of Jamaica, NY, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and the Calvary Baptist Church Family.
Lovingly Submitted
The Family