June A. Barnes
Entombment Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 30. 2021 at Southview Cemetery 1990 Jonesboro Road SE Atlanta, GA. Viewing will take place on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM in our chapel, 492 Larkin St. SW, Atlanta, GA. 30313.
June Alphreeda Barnes was born on May 19, 1934 in Georgia. Her mother died during childbirth, therefore, June was raised as an only child by her maternal grandmother in Atlanta, Georgia.
June was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools system. She graduated from David T. Howard High School and was a proud member of the Class of 1951.
June will always be remembered for her love to socialize, and was known for her magnetic energy and great sense of humor. She never met a stranger and was notorious for the gift of gab, holding court for hours at a time. Many friendships were forged, inspiring one enduring group dubbed “The Golden Girls” which included June, Gloria Parkman, Dorothy McMichael, Linda Zimmerman, and Diane Brown.
June was a Christian and strong woman of God, and her commitment to servant leadership was extended to her church, West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal, where she served many years until her health started to fail. One of her proud accomplishments at church was being a member of the John W. Gilbert Club.
June was a passionate volunteer and social worker. She worked for years as a professional at the Atlanta Housing Authority, providing housing assistance to many families at the height of the public housing era. She diligently volunteered for the Women’s Health Division and Breast and Cervical Cancer Program of the Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness, helping to eradicate breast, ovarian and cervical cancer among women. As a breast and ovarian cancer survivor, June also had to overcome a fused vertebrae with deterioration of the spine, yet let nothing stop her from educating and encouraging women in underserved communities. She served as a volunteer for numerous organizations, including the Emory Winship Cancer Center. She was a founding member of The Bells for Remembrance Celebration, which promotes breast health. June was selected by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to serve with other trained professionals to promote breast cancer awareness in other countries, including Russia, Paris, and Turkey.
She was proud of her accomplishments and the many awards she received.
June was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, and her beloved daughter Deedry V. Barnes aka Sassie, who passed on February 23, 2009.
June departed her earthly life on January 17, 2021 at Emory University Hospital. She leaves to cherish fond memories cousin, Rubin Williams and numerous other cousins; devoted caretaker and friend Jennifer Henson and Clarie Mosley; and other relatives and friends.
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