R. Lee Barnes

R. Lee Barnes

September 27, 1963~May 11, 2022

R. Lee Barnes, 58, born September 27th, 1963 in St. Petersburg, Florida and passed away on May 11th, 2022 in Holiday, Florida. Son of Jean VanDerhoff and the late Richard Barnes. Left to cherish his memory are his Wife Patty Barnes, Son Daniel Barnes, Step-Son Kurtis McCoy, Mother and Step-Father Jean and Bill VanDerhoff, Sister and her Husband Sharon and Ken Katona, Brother in-Law and his Wife Ron and Kim McCoy and his Nieces, Nephews, Great Nephews, along with his Cousins and many close friends who were like family to him.

He was a joker with a generous heart of gold, never hesitant to help people out. He loved his job working in Telecommunications for 33 years. Whatever he set his mind to, he was determined to get done. He was soft spoken, but would always say whatever was on his mind. He was an avid sportsman (fishing, boating, riding, and more) and loved spending time with friends and family.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of R. Lee Barnes, please make payable to The Cops for Kids, Inc. at 555 E Harrison St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 or the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607.


Thomas B. Dobies 7 Springs Chapel

Celebration of Life

The Widow Fletcher's


Danny Sohn

May 14, 2022, 2:05 pm

A sad time for the Sohn family. Lee was a good friend for 40+ years and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace old buddy.

Danny Sohn

Gail N Ruggie

May 14, 2022, 6:50 pm

So very sad to hear of Lee’s passing. Many prayers to his family.

Rick Williams

May 15, 2022, 12:33 pm

Lee had so many friends that he made sure to let each one feel like the o ly friend he had. That comes from having a huge heart. Marring Patty was a God send as they were a perfect match as she cared for him. Lee will be missed by many and remembered forever.

Ellen & Tim Jacobson

May 15, 2022, 10:26 pm

Patty & Family, so very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by your memories. We are praying for you.

Tom Fox

May 15, 2022, 10:33 pm

Lee was a Great friend that would always be there when you needed him. I will, as many many others, will miss him. I will always remember him. I Love ya my brother. Thank you for everything. Thank you Patty for always being there for him. I know how much he Loved you.

Jeannine Miller Germann

May 16, 2022, 1:42 am

One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I remember when he went with my husband and I to the Midwest one winter to teach school for Verizon. My husband loved having him on his team. Even after my husband retired Lee would always keep in touch. He is going to be dearly missed. Prayers for his wife and family. The his world has lost a kind and gentle soul.

Greg Germann

May 16, 2022, 1:55 am

Lee was one of a kind. Of all the people I’ve known and worked with Lee is at the top of the list. If you asked for help he would give you the shirt off of his back without hesitation. RIP. My sincere condolences for his family.

Vincent Theodosis

May 16, 2022, 11:13 am

Lee was my good friend to me and my family,he was as genuine of a person as they come. He was there for me during the toughest time of my life, God Bless him and his family, from me and family.

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