Wilman D. Barnes, 74, a retired Brigadier General in the Army, died of complications after surgery Jan. 26 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Virginia.
He served in the Army from 1951 to 1981 and was employed by Computer Sciences Corporation from 1981 to 1993.
Generalo Barnes, who moved to Alexandria in 1968, was born in Goodman, Texas, and grew up in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1951 and received a master's degree in personnel management from George Washington University in 1972.
As a career infantry officer, General Barnes commanded units from platoon to brigade size and served as assistant division commander of the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.
He also was commanding general of the First ROTC Region at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; deputy director of operations in the office of the joint chiefs of staff; and, in his final assignment, deputy commanding general of the Army Military Personnel Center.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. He served in Europe, South Korea, South Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.
He was a program manager and proposal manager for Computer Sciences Corp. and a consultant.
General Barnes, who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was active there as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church. He was a past president of the National Capital Texas A&M Club, a member of the Retired Officers Association and the Association of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Jane Barnes; and three sons, Stephen R. Barnes of Atlanta, Kenneth D. Barnes of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Samuel M. Barnes of Alexandria; and four grandchildren.
Wilman Dale “Pusher” Barnes
BARNES, WILMAN DALE “Pusher”
On Monday, January 26, 2004, at Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. Retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army; beloved husband to Mary Jane Barnes; father of Stephen, Kenneth, and Samuel Barnes, and friend to many.
Funeral services to be held Saturday, January 31, 2004, 2 p.m., with memorial viewing between 12:30 and 2 p.m., at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8600 Plymouth Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22308.
Burial services to be held at Arlington National Cemetery on February 23, 2004, 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Plymouth Haven Baptist Church in care of the “Elevator Fund” at the above address.
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