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06/03/12 06:20 AM #1    

David Barnes

Jim was a good friend of mine.  I remember he always called me Barney.  One time Steve Dale asked if

I minded being called Barney I said no because Jim was my friend.  We spent many summer days playing

basketball on his driveway and shooting fireworks together on the 4th.  I would have lunch and dinner with

him and his family.  What a great family he had, three sisters and a brother.  One summer we were on the

same baseball team.  Tom Cofer and Danny Strausbaugh were on the team also.  We had a lot of fun that


I was a big Beatle fan back then and Jim was always making me aware of new artists.  I remember

sitting in his living room listening to the Simon & Garfunkel album Bookends for the first time.  Other

artists he made me aware of were Blood Sweat & Tears, Cream and Iron Butterfly.  One night our senior

year he came knocking on my door all excited wanting me to go to a concert to hear a new guy sing.

I finally agreed to go and off we went.  That new guy was Jimi Hendrix.  What a great concert that was!

After graduation we went our separate ways, like a lot of high school friends do.  Jim joined the Navy

and I went to college.  I never saw my good friend again.

Dave Barnes (Barney)

04/01/14 07:57 AM #2    

Mike Hillyard

Jim and I seemed to be joined at the hip, from our Freshmen year to our Senior year, at LSHS. He was always in every classroom, we attended. I remember Tom Cofer, with his smilling face, being with him before class. I will never forget the hit, Jim, put on me, during football practice. He will be missed by all, who knew Jim.

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