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Billy Joe

Billy Joe "Bill" Barden

Wednesday, November 14th, 1928 - Friday, October 11th, 2019
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Billy Joe “Bill” Barden, age 90 of Cornelia, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Born on November 14, 1928, in Cornelia, he was a son of the late Frank G. and Annie Turpin Barden. Mr. Barden was a United States Army Korean War veteran and was formerly employed with Perry Packing Company and Fleming Wholesale. He was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church, where he was active in the Men’s Sunday School Class. He was also a member and longtime Post Commander of the Grant Reeves VFW Post # 7720, the American Legion Post # 84, the Cornelia Masonic Lodge #92 F&AM, the former Optimist Club and was active in the Athletic Booster Club.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Mike Barden; brothers, James and Lee Barden; sisters, Claudine Tomlin, Louise Morgan, Mary Ann Caudell and Lena McGahee.

Survivors include wife of 67 years, Jane Porter Barden of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Robert Bell of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Tammy Barden of Cornelia; daughter-in-law, Janice Barden of Cornelia; grandchildren, Jenna Barden, Drew Barden, Brett Barden, Patrick Bell, Peyton Bell, Jackson Bell, T.J. Barden and Brooks Barden; brother, Dan Barden of Orville, Ohio; sister, Doris Goldman of Jackson Mississippi; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 11 am Monday, October 14, 2019 at Cornelia United Methodist Church with Pastor Johnny Ray and Mr. Stanley Terrell officiating. Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Sunday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Cornelia United Methodist Church Youth Group, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531 or to the Habersham County Veteran’s Wall of Honor, P.O. Box 298, Demorest, Georgia 30535.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, October 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Cornelia United Methodist Church
    275 Wyly Street
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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    Pastor Johnny Ray
    Mr. Stanley Terrell
  • Interment

    Level Grove Cemetery
    Level Grove Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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Brad Spinks

Posted at 09:26pm
Aunt Jane and the entire Barden family, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. It's been too long since I have been able to see him and all of you to tell you the truth.I have so many great memories of Uncle Bill and I am glad he is with his heavenly Father and no longer suffering. The Spinks family has all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Brad, Mary Ann, Leland, Blair and Sarah Barden. Love you all!

Linda Kellogg

Posted at 10:16pm
My condolences to the Barden family on the loss of their dear love one. I worked with Frank and grew to love him, Tammy, T.J., and Brooks. May God's love, comfort, and peace be with you all in the days ahead ❤🙏🏽.

Greg Lawson

Posted at 06:50pm
My condolences and prayers for the family. I have many fond memories of times that me and my family spent with Bill and his family. Memories of fish frys, weekends at Lake Rabun, riding the disc behind the boat, too many memories to list. Bill was a big part of my happy childhood and I will always have fond memories of him, Jane, Patsy, Mike, and Frank.
Greg Lawson

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