Published: 2:36 pm, Mon. Oct. 3rd, 2016Updated: 2:32 pm
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at First United Methodist Church for Carl Eldon Barnes of Artesia.
Barnes, 80, was called home by the Lord Oct. 2, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas, with his family by his side.
Interment will follow the services at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason Carter, Cody Carter, CJ Carter and Dusty Barnes, and friends J.T. Jackson and Danny Panzer. Honorary pallbearers are Carl’s golfing buddies.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Carl was born June 9, 1936, in Clovis, the son of Paul and Ethel (Pierce) Barnes. After graduating from Fields High School in 1954, he attended New Mexico State University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in crop science. In 1960, he earned his master’s in plant breeding.
Carl met his wife, Jo Marie Hegglin, in the first grade, and the two were married in 1954 in Fields.
After living for a short time in Colorado, Carl and his family moved to Artesia in 1965, and he began working for NMSU as an assistant professor of agronomy at what is now referred to as the NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Artesia. He was named superintendent of the facility in 1968 and remained in that role for 34 years until his retirement in 1999.
Carl’s passion for agriculture was cultivated long before arriving at NMSU. He grew up on his family’s 1,920-acre farm, learning the value of hard work, patience, building various skills, and respecting the land. After showing livestock as part of 4-H and FFA beginning at the age of 9 and winning numerous county awards and a Grand Champion swine title at the New Mexico State Fair when he was 16, Carl learned how important perseverance is inside the show ring and out. He was instrumental in the Eddy County Fair being held in Artesia instead of Carlsbad.
Carl had many accomplishments to add to a very blessed life. Among these, he received the Outstanding Senior Award at NMSU, the Fabian Garcia Award from NMSU, the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics’ Distinguished Service Award, the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics’ Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence, a New Mexico Crop Improvement Association Honorary Membership, and an Honorary Chapter FFA Degree.
Carl was much known for activities around Artesia, as he served on the Artesia City Council and as director of the New Mexico Municipal League. He also served as president of the Artesia Rotary Club, president of the Artesia West Little League, and on the Artesia MainStreet Committee. He was instrumental in forming the Marie Chase Foundation.
Carl was also very devoted to his Lord and Savior, and cherished his church family at First United Methodist Church. He served as a trustee, in staff-parish relations, on the building committees and missions, as chairman of the Church Council, on the nominating committee, and as chairman of the building committee for the sanctuary. He was also involved in the Men’s Prayer Group.
Anyone that knows Carl understands his love for golf. Besides spending his retirement years enjoying the golf course, he took care of the Men’s Wednesday Golf Club at the Artesia Country Club. He was also currently serving as the secretary/treasurer of the Eastern New Mexico Senior Golf Association.
Although Carl’s list of achievements was long, the greatest was his family. He loved and cherished his wife and his children, but his grandchildren were his pride and joy. Carl enjoyed woodworking and home improvement projects, camping, fishing, square dancing groups, and teaching round dancing, and he was a faithful backer and follower of the Artesia Bulldogs.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Marie Barnes, of the family home; son Robert Lynn Barnes and wife Diana of Midland, Texas; daughter Carla Carter and husband Charlie of Artesia; grandsons Dusty Barnes of Uniontown, Ohio, Jason Carter and wife Mattie of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cody Carter and wife Codie, and CJ Carter and wife Lexi, both of Artesia; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother Lala Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the food pantry at First United Methodist Church in Artesia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.