Billy Joe "Bill" Barden

November 14, 1928 - October 11, 2019 

Billy Joe "Bill" Barden

November 14, 1928 - October 11, 2019 

Obituary for Billy Joe "Bill" Barden

Billy Joe “Bill” Barden, age 90 of Cornelia, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Born on November 14, 1928, in Cornelia, he was a son of the late Frank G. and Annie Turpin Barden. Mr. Barden was a United States Army Korean War veteran and was formerly employed with Perry Packing Company and Fleming Wholesale. He was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church, where he was active in the Men’s Sunday School Class. He was also a member and longtime Post Commander of the Grant Reeves VFW Post # 7720, the American Legion Post # 84, the Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F&AM, the former Optimist Club and was active in the Athletic Booster Club.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Mike Barden; brothers, James and Lee Barden; sisters, Claudine Tomlin, Louise Morgan, Mary Ann Caudell and Lena McGahee.

Survivors include wife of 67 years, Jane Porter Barden of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Robert Bell of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Tammy Barden of Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Janice Barden of Cornelia; grandchildren, Jenna Barden, Drew Barden, Brett Barden, Patrick Bell, Peyton Bell, Jackson Bell, T.J. Barden and Brooks Barden; brother, Dan Barden of Orville, Ohio; sister, Doris Goldman of Jackson Mississippi; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 11 am Monday, October 14, 2019 at Cornelia United Methodist Church with Pastor Johnny Ray and Mr. Stanley Terrell officiating. Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Sunday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Cornelia United Methodist Church Youth Group, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531 or to the Habersham County Veteran’s Wall of Honor, P.O. Box 298, Demorest, Georgia 30535.

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McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

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