Vertlea Barnes was born December 23, 1926 to Eddie Kimbrough and Amanda Oliphant.
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Vertlea was the oldest founding member of Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed her role as President of the Usher Board. She was also a dedicated member of the Eastern Star.
Vertlea was a Housekeeper and home-maker. Her proudest achievement was her seven children, 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Vertlea's caring spirit and loving heart touched so many. She loved traveling, cooking and sharing time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Barnes; sons, David Lee Banks, Earnest Terry Banks, and Will (Cookie) Edward Banks; and daughter, Clara A. Haynes.
Vertlea will be missed by her daughters, Burnett (Donald) Ware, Mary (Cornell) Grant, and Amanda (Eugene) Woods; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.