James Lee Barney

February 06, 1932 ‒ November 29, 2007

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: James Lee Barney, 75, formerly of Mishey Road, Bellville, died Thursday, November 29, 2007 in Woodlawn Health and Rehabilitation following a long illness.

He was born February 6, 1932 in Troy to Harry D. and Margaret I. (Kerns) Barney and was graduated from McKinley Occupational School of Dayton in 1949.

A U.S. Army veteran, James served stateside during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

On April 2, 1955 he married Carol J. Humerick who survives.

James worked 30 years for Food and Commercial Workers Local 1059, as the Executive Vice President of Collective Bargaining before his retirement in 1987.

In 1963 he moved his family to Richland County. Here, he was a loyal democrat and active member of the community serving as chairman of the Richland County Democratic Central Committee, the Richland County Board of Elections, and as secretary and treasurer of the State Active Ballot Club.

James had a true love of horses, particularly quarter horses. He was a member of and served as first president of the American and Ohio Quarter Horse Racing Association, and was a member of both the American and Ohio Quarter Horse Association.

In addition to his wife Carol J. Barney, he is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law David A. Barney of Mansfield, and Timothy L. and Mae Lae Barney of Medina, a daughter and Bonnie L. Mitchell of Bellville, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a brother Thomas E. and JoAnn Barney of Dayton, and a sister Margaret L. Ehinger of Lebanon, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by a brother Harry “Red” Barney, Jr., a son-in-law Craig “Cowboy” Mitchell and a brother-in-law Jack Ehinger.

A memorial service will be held Monday December 3, 2007 at 2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, friends may call the hour prior. His son Timothy will officiate.

Memorial contributions to the Salvation Army or the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.