Judy Ann Barnes

February 15, 1950 - July 22, 2012
Judy Ann Barnes was born in Nacogdoches on February 15, 1950, and passed away in Hospice of East Texas on Sunday, July 22, 2012. She was preceded in death by her father, and Brother Travis W. Barnes. She is survived by her mother Doris Birdwell Barnes - Tyler, TX, her aunt Louise Barnes - Pasadena, TX, and numerous cousins. Judy was a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO, and received her Doctorate from East Texas State University in Commerce (presently Texas A&M - Commerce). She taught at Cushing Grammar School and Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches before joining the faculty of Tyler Junior College, Where she taught for 20 years. After teaching reading for several years, she began the Interpreter Training Program for Sign Language Interpreters, where she was the Department Head until her retirement in May, 2008. She was also an integral part of the Deaf Ministry at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. Judy was very devoted and committed to the Deaf Community. She has been a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend to all who knew her. She was an artist, and also composed the music and words to numerous songs that expressed her faith in Jesus Christ. Family will serve as pallbearers. Services will be hel at Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00A.M. on Wednesday, July 25, in Cushing with Rev. Tim Roberts of Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, officiating. Burial services will follow in McKnight Cemetery, Cushing. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 25 from 9:30 to 10:30A.M. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, TX 75701 or The Dr. Judy Barnes Honorary Scholarship for the Sign Language Interpreter Training Program, Tyler Junior College, 1400 E. Fifth St., Tyler, TX 75701.

Norma Lawson

Dr. Judy Barnes was an exceptional woman - beautiful and gracious in all she did. It is impossible to know how many lives she touched through her work in her church, the Deaf Community, and TJC. She had an infectious laugh, an encouraging spirit, and passion for teaching that left all of us better people. We have truly lost an angel! Our heartbreaking loss is Heaven's gain, and Heaven is what this faithful lady lived for. What a legacy she left!

Joan Andrews

I praise God for the blessing of having her in my life. All of my life, I grew up hearing the phrase, "strive to love like Christ in all that you do with your life". I believe she did exactly that. I cherish each and every memory.

Melissa Bell

A lot of us prayed that the Lord would heal Judy, but it seems it was not His will. In that case, I am glad that she no longer has to suffer here. What a legacy she leaves to interpreters and the Deaf community in Northeast Texas! I love that she has an interpreter scholarship named after her at Tyler Jr College.

Tina Dillman

ASL Class of 1997...Her students.... That's what we are. From the moment we met her to this day, she taught us about things we didn't even know we needed to learn....so much more than handshapes, processing & tenants. She inspired us with compassion & humility; demonstrating that the "Hot Seat" can be conquered if you're brave enough to put the flames out with your behind! She rewarded us with her pride in us & her smile whenever we accomplished; and she brushed the ashes off our britches when we failed. Never critical... but always there nudging our journey....So I dedicate the words of Henry Brooks Adams to our Dr. Judy Barnes..... "A teacher affects eternity: ...she... can never tell where...her... influence stops.” ~

Vickie Geisel

A great friend and colleague - I will miss you Judy - we had a lot of fun together developing new services for the at-risk students. My thoughts are with your mother and family and friends. Vickie Geisel

Elizabeth Crook

Have a fond memory of Judy Barnes... her laughter and sense of humor. Have a fond memory of Judy Barnes.... her laughter and her caring heart. She was a dedicated professor in the ITP program and interpreter for the Deaf at church. It was a privilege know her for many years at TJC and GABC. She is in peace and in God's loving arms.


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