Mrs. Barnes is a native of Johnston County, where she received her early education in the Johnston County School System. She received her higher education at North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters of Education at Meredith College Raleigh, NC. She also holds a funeral director's license from Fayetteville Technical College, Fayetteville, NC. Mrs. Barnes is retired after teaching numerous students in the Clayton, NC area. She has been active in church most of her adult life, serving as an usher, church reporter, treasurer and other auxiliaries in Oakey Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She now attends Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church and is very supportive in whatever is asked of her. Mrs. Barnes is a supporter of the FOP, an organization that gives backpacks and school supplies to needy children each year. She is licensed in pre-need insurance, is a notary public and is available to assist with other business related matters.