BARNES, JOE, 1920-1993


Teacher, author,  museum curator. Born– April 17, 1920, Gadsden. Parents– Louis J. and Myrtle (Woodson) Barnes. Married– Mabel Thornton, July 20, 1947. Children– Two. Education– Attended Auburn University, 1946; Jacksonville State Teachers College, B.S., 1949; University of Alabama, master’s degree, 1977.  Served in the U.S.Army Air Corps, WWII; served in the U.S. Army Reserve, 1956-1980; named Soldier of the Year in the State of Alabama, 1974. High school coach, 1949-1952; chief of a review and analysis group at Redstone Arsenal, 1952-1973; curator of museums at Noccalula Falls in Gadsden after 1973. Member of the Alabama High School Football Officials Association, the American Legion, Etowah Historical Society, and Ta-Co-Bet Historical Association. Died February 9, 1993.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History; Man on a Mountain; and Joe Barnes, Gadsden, Ala.


History of Hokes Bluff and Eastern Etowah County, Alabama. Hokes Bluff, Ala.; Eagle Printing and Key Shop, 1966.

Man on a Mountain. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1969.

John Wisdom Citizen-Soldier. Gadsden, Ala.; Birch Anderson, 1979.


A History of Etowah County. Birmingham, Ala.; Roberts and Sons, 1969.