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1925 James 2023

James "Bill" Barnard

September 28, 1925 — April 18, 2023

Obituary of James Weldon “Bill” Barnard

James Weldon “Bill” Barnard born on September 28, 1925, near Cave In Rock, Illinois to Joe Gentry and
Myra Alma Milligan Barnard. He was one of nine children.
On December 31, 1946, he married Norma Jean Holbrook in Morganfield, Kentucky. Bill and Norma
have lived near Cave In Rock all of their lives. Bill and Norma had three sons: James Deon, Larry
Weldon, and Dennis Keith.
Bill was a baptized believer in Jesus Christ on June 27, 1954. He joined the First Christian Church of
Cave In Rock where he was a Sunday School teacher and Elder. He was a member of the church for
almost 69 years. When he departed this life, we know God said to Bill, “Well done, good and faithful
servant;...enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Bill first attended Love School until he was 13 years old when his parents bought a farm on Hall Ridge
near Saline Landing. He then attended St. John School. He graduated from Cave In Rock High School in
1943. After graduation he helped his dad on the farm until 1945. He was hired at Rigsby and Barnard
Quarry by his oldest brother, Rad. He worked there 51 years. He retired in 1996 when he was 71 years
old. He purchased the family farm in 1962 after his father retired. He operated his cattle farm up to the
age of 87.
Bill was preceded in death by two sons, Deon and Denny; one granddaughter, Lora Dunstan; his parents;
four brothers, Rad, Winfred, Jesse, and Ray Barnard; and three sisters, Verdna Austin, Irene Kaegi, and
Opal Frailey.
He leaves to mourn his wife of over 76 years, Norma; his son, Larry (Carole); two daughters-in-law, Janet
Barnard and Becky Barnard; 7 grandchildren Travis Vaughn, Dana (Jeff) Robinson, Gina Shaffer, Quentin

(Samantha) Barnard, Holly McDaniel, Samantha (Jeff) Winters, and Jade (Mark) Crowell; 14 great-
grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Laura (Bill) Switzer; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin at 2 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at First Christian Church of Cave In Rock .
Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 pm until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers
donations may be given to the First Christian Church of Cave In Rock or the Cave Hill Cemetery.
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Sunday, April 23, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Christian Church

, Cave-In-Rock, IL 62919

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, April 23, 2023

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First Christian Church

, Cave-In-Rock, IL 62919

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