Jay Barnes, Jr.

Obituary for Jay Barnes, Jr.

August 26, 1924 - August 7, 2017
Bertram, Texas | Age 92


The Greatest Generation lost another, Monday, August 7, 2017. Jay W, Barnes Jr. died peacefully on his beloved ranch in Bertram, Texas. He was born August 26, 1924 in Waters Park, (now North Austin), Texas.

Jay was born to loving parents, Jay Barnes Sr. and Helen Colvin. As a boy Jay picked cotton with his Dad and carried it by mule and wagon to the closest cotton gin in what is now Round Rock. Jay and his sister Vada Helen played, farmed and milked cows along Walnut Creek in what Jay called an idyllic childhood, albeit during the Depression.

Jay attended Austin High School and enrolled in the University of Texas at the age of 16. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers serving in Europe and the Pacific. He was proud of his time served but later remarked that his arches had fallen from marching across Europe.

Jay returned to Austin earning his degree in Engineering. Later he became a registered Architect.

Working in Odessa, Texas, he met a schoolteacher, Eva Hood. She was ambitious and shared similar values. After a three -month romance, they married. They were devoted to each other, married for 54 years, until her death in December 2006.

After the birth of their son in 1955, they settled in Austin. Jay formed the architectural firm, Barnes Landes Goodman Youngblood. They designed many notable Austin buildings including Austin High School on Lady Bird Lake and First Baptist Church downtown.

Jay received widespread professional recognition including serving as President of Texas Society of Architects and President of the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He was elected a Fellow of the AIA and received the Texas Society of Architects highest honor, the Medal for Lifetime Achievement.

He gave to the community around himself. He coached Little League, and was President of the Downtown Lions Club. Later he and Eva established scholarships at UT Austin in the School of Architecture. Jay and Eva loved and served First Baptist Church Austin.

He is survived by son Jay Barnes III and daughter-in-law Carol Barnes, granddaughter Dessa Barnes and grandson Jay Barnes IV. He is also survived by his daughter Ann Barnes and son-law Paul Pumphrey (who Jay loved like a second son) and granddaughter Ava Pumphrey and grandson Ollie Pumphrey. Jay also has a niece Lynda Dryden and nephew Jack Alan Goodman that survive him.

Survivors also include: brother-in-law A.G. Hood and Rita Hood and their sons Tracy Hood and Randy Hood, and sister-in-law Marie DiCicco and Al DiCicco and their children Al DiCicco, Valerie DiCicco, and Michele DiCicco. Maria Barrera also survives him. With her devoted care for the past 15 years he was able to enjoy a good quality of life.

As a father, he and our mother provided a blueprint of life well -lived. He was a sweet, gentle, generous man. Jay was a true Longhorn. We loved him dearly and will miss him.

Visitation hours will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11th at Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery located at 12062 North Lamar. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity.

If you wish to make a memorial gift please consider First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas.

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