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Adele Frances Barnes

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Adele Frances Newman Barnes, 79, of Leonardtown, MD was received back into the arms of her Lord, early Sunday morning, April 23, 2023. She was born at her home in Oakton, Virginia on January 28, 1944. Adele was the third child of eight children born to the late Gladys Wooden Newman and Leonard James Newman (stepmother Yolinda Newman). She was predeceased by one brother, William “Billy” Newman and two sisters, Sehon Newman Grigsby, and Mary L. Taylor, two brothers-in-law, John R. Taylor, Sr and Charles Grigsby.

Adele grew up on a farm in Oakton, Virginia. On the farm, she would ride her pony and loved spending her days hanging out with her father.  She attended elementary school at Louise Archer in Vienna and graduated from Luther Jackson High School, Class of 1963. Adele was a good student and excelled in math, science, English and majored in cosmetology.  In December of 1963, she married her high school sweetheart, Jervy Franklin Barnes, Jr.  Adele was baptized at an early age at Cartersville Baptist Church in Vienna, VA. She attended Restoration Baptist Church in Stafford, Virginia until she was not able due to her illness.

She began her career at the Central Intelligence Agency in McLean, Virginia, as a secretary and quickly moved up into a supervisory position managing the secretarial staff.  Adele was also the Resident Manager at the Hollywood Gardens Apartments.  She worked part-time for the Prince Georges County Schools.

Adele was an avid reader, and her favorite genre was science fiction. The movies she loved most were Godzilla, Ultraman, Trimmers, Predator and Aliens.  She enjoyed bowling, football, bid whist and hand dancing.  She cherished the moments spent with her grandchildren, having long conversations with them, teaching them how to read and write, and she was proud that she was able to watch them grow up to be wonderful young adults.

While Adele will be remembered as Grammy and Nanna, she leaves to cherish her memories, her loving children, Spencer J. Barnes (Bonita), Melissa Barnes Wyche (Michael); step-children, Valerie Barnes, Travis Barnes (Sandra); her grandchildren, Geoffrey S. Barnes, Jada S. Barnes, DeVontay J. Wyche, Avery F. Wyche; step-grands, Erica Billie (Dameon), Andrea Barnes, Taiya Barnes, Eirene Lane; step-great-grands, Jayvian Hicks, Jazmin Griffin, Robert Green, Michael & Taylor Caldwell; her dear siblings Esther Minor (James), Emily Gaskins, James Newman (Renee), and Samuel Newman (Monica); and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Family and friends will unite on Saturday, May 6, 2023 for visitation at 11 am; service at 12 noon at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 7 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD.  Interment will be private.  The family would be most appreciative for monetary donations to help with the funeral expenses.  Donations may be made directly to Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home via credit card, cash or certified check.  No personal checks will be accepted.  

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  1. Dora Ruckman says:

    So sorry for your loss. Know that I’m with you in spirit.
    May Heavenly Father continue to bless each and everyone of us.
    In the name of the Father and the son AMEN

  2. Gloria Wallace says:

    Spencer, Melissa and family,
    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. May memories of the good times you shared bring you peace. Keeping you close in our heart and prayers.
    Love always, Gloria and Natalie Wallace

  3. Gloria Wallace says:

    Spencer, Melissa and family,
    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. May the memories of the good times you shared bring you peace. Keeping you close in our heart and prayers.
    Love Gloria and Natalie Wallace

  4. Stephanie Grigsby Austin says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Adele. My prayers go out to her son and daughter, grand children, siblings and all those who loved her. She will be greatly missed. However, family lets rejoice in the fact that she is in Heaven and happy to see her other siblings, parents, and a host of other family and friends that welcomed her with open arms! Amen ! One day we all will be reunited with you forever. Amen

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