BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Funeral services for Mainland High School teacher and coach Glenn Gordon Barnes were held at Allen Chapel AME Church in Daytona Beach on July 28. Barnes died July 20 at age 62.
Elder Robert L. Fuller, pastor of Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, conducted the eulogy. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Daytona.
“He always had a smile on his face. He loved his family. He would do anything for them. He also loved kids and always helped them too,” said his wife, Francene Barnes.
Barnes was a history teacher at Mainland High School and an assistant football coach there. He headed the junior varsity program and was the steward for the Volunteer Teacher Organization (VTO) at the school.
“He always looked for ways to teach his kids different things. He stayed watching the History Channel,” his wife recalled.
In addition, he was involved in youth football with the Daytona Beach Buccaneers Pop Warner club.
“He was excellent with the kids. He always put the kids first. He was a father figure to many. Coach Barnes created the Bucs’ Pop Warner program in 1990, I believe, and he also created a tutoring program to help the kids keep their grades up, said Tommy Rowland.
“He put in so many hours with kids while coaching youth football and heading the JV program at Mainland. He still had to go home and take care of his family.’’
Rowland had coached with Barnes for about 20 years in youth football. He is currently the commissioner for the Daytona Beach Buccaneers, taking over for Barnes.
Tallahassee native, FAMU graduate Barnes enjoyed traveling, music and having gatherings with his family.
“If he visited a town and had 10 cousins living there, he would visit each and every one of them,” Francene Barnes related.
In 1967, Barnes graduated from Lincoln High in his hometown of Tallahassee, where he played football and was a member of the ROTC.
Barnes received his bachelor’s degree in history from Florida A&M University where he also played football and was the editor of the school’s newsletter.
The Barneses married in 1971 moved to Daytona Beach in 1972.
Glenn Barnes also was a member of Greater New Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.
He was also affiliated with the NAACP and FAMU Alumni Association.
In the past, Barnes ran for Daytona Beach City Commission Zone 5 seat.
“So much will be missed about him. He was just a well-rounded person,” added Rowland.
Scholarship to help kids play sports
Family and friends have set up the Glenn G. Barnes Athletic Scholarship Fund in his honor.
“The fund is designed to help kids in school cover the $75 fee required now to play sports. Many kids cannot afford it and this is something that my husband wanted to do. He always wanted to help kid and instill positive qualities in them in both the classroom and athletics,” Mrs. Barnes said.
Along with his wife of 42 years, he is survived by his son Thomas Barnes of Los Angeles; two daughters, Lindsey Barnes and Rossi Williams, both of Daytona Beach; and 12 grandchildren.
For information on the Glenn G. Barnes Athletic scholarship fund, contact S. Fletcher at 386-299-3587.