Alvin “Coach” Barnes, Sr., age 71, went home to be with The Lord Feb. 25. Alvin was born Jan. 13, 1949, to Minnie Lee Barnes in Wharton. At the age of five, his mother and step-father, Tip Hill, moved to Arkansas. After the family moved back to Texas, Alvin accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Glen Flora.
He attended TL Pink and graduated from El Campo High School. After graduating, he attended Bishop College receiving a degree in Physical Education.
Alvin taught and coached at Madison High School in Houston for over 30 years—he was the Marlin’s boy’s track and field head coach. He was very dedicated to the student athletes helping them find resources to attend college. This inspired him to help students at Madison High School, as well as other schools in the Houston Independent School District.
Alvin was elected the HISD “Track Coach of the Year” for the 2005-2006 school year. In the 2010-2011, he was named “Man Coaches Association. of the Year” by the HISD
Alvin leaves precious memories with his beloved wife of 47 years, Eleanor, and son Alvin Jr. (Delicia); grandsons brother Archie Amos, Jr. Jayis and Cameron; one (Dorothy); one sister, Annie Dancy (Willie); three sisters-in-law Judy Smith (Prince), Earnestine Cannon, and Georgia English (Robert); friends Henry Henderson (Melanie) and Richard Parker; nieces Anita Dancy; Tamela, Sonya Faye, and Kenya Smith; Tracy Cannon; nephews Eric Smith and Robert English, Jr. Great niece, Amaya Jones and great nephew, Melvion Jones. Alvin also leaves a host of loving relatives and friends.
Services were held Saturday, March 7 at Hiram Clarke Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Bishop Wyman J. Webster, officiating.