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Welcome to Barnes Funeral Home and Cremations, a family owned and operated service for families in their time of need. Our compassionate care and guidance can help ease the burden of making proper arrangements during a difficult time. Call us to receive assistance or make plans in advance that honor your own final wishes.

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Meet the Funeral Director

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.


Mr. Barnes founded Barnes Funeral Home in 1981 to continue serving the public after his retirement from the City of Durham, NC. Joe, as he was affectionately called, enjoyed people and felt that serving the people would help to keep that connection. Mr. Barnes was a graduate of William Cooper Mason High School in Clayton, NC, attended A&T State University Greensboro, NC, Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tenn. and the School of Restorative Arts in New York City. He served in the US Army and received an honorable discharge. After relocating to his home county of Johnston he became very active in the community, selling insurance and joined Johnston Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. In 1998 his health began to fail him so he decided to teach what he knew of the business to his wife Eula Sanders Barnes, who was then an elementary teacher in the Johnston County School System. She soon became her husband’s caregiver and realized the need to take over the business. Mr. Barnes passed away in December, 2003.

Current Management

In 2000, Mr. Barnes gave the business to his wife, Eula Barnes. When he passed away in 2003, Mrs. Barnes became the owner and manager of Barnes Funeral Home. Keeping her services local and family-owned. Barnes Funeral Home is there for you as a caregiver to family members when needed. Eula Sanders-Barnes graduated as an elementary school teacher from North Carolina Central University in Durham. Later, she received a Master of Education at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. To change careers after helping hundreds of local children succeed in education, Mrs. Sanders-Barnes completed a degree in Funeral Directing from Fayetteville Technical College to be more effective in serving. Barnes Funeral Home and Cremation is a supporter of the Clayton Police Department that gives backpacks and supplies to needed students each year. 

Get In Touch

When you contact Barnes Funeral Home and Cremation you can expect to receive compassionate care. We're passionate about serving Clayton, NC families during their most difficult times. We also work with individuals to help plan final arrangements to respect their wishes. Call us at (919) 553-6175 or fill out the online form on our Contact page for more information.

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