Robert Cecil Barnes, born on January 7, 1947, passed away on November 11, 2023, at the age of 76. Born in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, Robert was a beloved husband, father, and esteemed member of his community.
Robert’s dedication to education spanned several decades, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of countless students. From 1970 to 1973, he taught at Culver Community High School, where he not only imparted knowledge but also coached wrestling, instilling discipline and resilience in his athletes. In 1975, Robert began his tenure as an Associate Professor at the School of Health & Human Performance at ECU, a position he held until his retirement in 2010. His commitment to his students and passion for his field earned him numerous awards and special achievements throughout his career.
Robert’s academic journey began with his graduation from Mishawaka High School in 1965. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana State University in 1970, followed by a Master’s Degree in 1973. Seeking further knowledge and expertise, he pursued a PhD at the University of Tennessee in1975 and a Master of Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1980.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Robert cherished his role as a husband and father. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Perkins Barnes, and their son, Patrick Cecil Barnes. Together, they created a warm and supportive family environment that brought joy to Robert’s life.
During this difficult time, Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC is honored to serve the Barnes family. Services for Robert will be announced at a later date, allowing friends and loved ones to come together and pay their respects.
Robert Cecil Barnes will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to education, his commitment to his family, and his contributions to the field of health and human performance. His legacy will continue to inspire and influence those whose lives he touched. May he rest in eternal peace.