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Richard Keith Barnard

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Mr. Richard Keith Barnard, 79, of Warne, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 3, 2019. Richard was born on Dec. 19, 1939 in Young Harris, Ga. to the late Mr. Arthur and Wilda Chambers Barnard. 

He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army for three years as a security agent. 

After the Army he went on to Mars Hill University where he achieved a bachelor's of science in business administration. 

Richard was a hard worker, he worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 29 years as a Post Master, was a self taught plumber and electrician, owned Appaloosa show horses and show cows. He was known as a "Horse Whisperer" by many. Of all the many ribbons, awards and achievements Richard gained over the years, nothing compared to his character. He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather, a honest, loyal, giving friend and a true man of God. He was the type of man who would give someone a ride who was walking down the road, the man who went above and beyond for his family, friends and community. Even as a young boy he would ride a cow down the road to get milk for his family from the local milk lady. 

Richard leaves behind his precious wife of 50 years Mrs. Jannette Cable Barnard; sons and daughters-in-law Jeff and Celia Barnard, of Sun City, Calif.; Kenny and Connie Barnard of Hiawassee, Ga. and Shane and Susie Barnard, of Young Harris, Ga.; grandchildren Eric, Kendall, Jeffery, Jeremiah and wife, Mary Barnard, Zack King, Katie, Rachel, Leila Barnard and Savannah King; great-grandchildren Saige Nicole Barnard, Lyndon Gray and Finley Barnard; brother and sister-in-law Noel and Zell Barnard; sisters and brothers-in-law Marlena Cartier, Jeanette and Dewey Dills and Diana and Steve Hazelwood; along with many extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation to the National Kidney Foundation at: https://www.kidney.org/ or 30 E 33rd St, New York, N.Y. 10016.

Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Banister Funeral Home

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 5 at Mt Pisgah Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating. 

Interment followed in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Banister Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997