Russell Barnes, Jr.

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Once carried through the current, and being swept away
The king is in his closet, he's hiding from today
And though he owns all fortunes, this room is where he'll stay
And his world is filled with darkness, turning grey

Gazing out the window of the forty-second floor
He is separate from all others, no one knocks upon his door
And it might as well be raining, 'cause the sunlight hurts his eyes
And his ears will never hear the children's cries

Once proud and full of passion,

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Posted by: David Barnes - Wilmington, NC - X-Son   Mar 19, 2014

I am so sorry that Russ had ALS. I am sorry that his wife had to go through it with him. I never stopped caring about him and hoping that he found happiness. Rest in Peace Russ.

Posted by: Kathie - Manassas, VA - Ex wife   Dec 18, 2012

I was married to Russ from 1963 till 1978, when he took what he thought was 1/2 of the household things and moved into an apartment that he kept secret and used a fake name. He was very wary of people and had low self esteem because of his youth. His parents divorced when he was 8 and he went to Cheshire Academy (boarding school) for 4-8th grade. He saw his parents every other week- end. He was very lonely.

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Posted by: Kathryn Latimer - Manassas, VA - Ex-wife, first wife   Dec 16, 2012

Memories I have of Russ are nothing like what people who knew him before he passed...mine are not good ones. He hid he had children. He lied to Cindy, wife at his passing (so I heard) that she was his second wife when in fact she was his 4th. I never cared I didn't see him again after his retirement party from the Army that his 3rd wife Suzy held for him. I went there because Suzy called my mom

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Posted by: Linda Swan - Dale City, VA - Daughter from 1st of 4 wives   Dec 14, 2012

Russ abandoned me, my sister and my mother in 1978. It was a devastating time for me, 14, and my sister, 12. I have grown and become a father myself and still cannot understand how a father abandons his children. I suppose I never will understand. After he left he would not speak to me or see me. He left us on Friday, October 13, 1978. On Saturday he did not show up at my soccer game. He was the

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Posted by: David Barnes - X-Son   Dec 14, 2012