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Marvin L. Barnes
March 26, 1920 - November 30, 2016
© Criswell Funeral Home
Submitted by: Sandy Bain

Services for Marvin L. Barnes, 96, of Ada, are 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Jimmy Balentine will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

Mr. Barnes died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at his home. He was born March 26, 1920 in Cumberland, OK to Elmer and Ivy Lee Dunham Barnes. He graduated from Ada High School.

He married Lela Stanley Whittle on December 31, 1957. She preceded him in death on August 14, 2009. Mr. Barnes was a legend in the quarter horse business for over 50 years. He was best known for his famous mare, FL Lady Bug, who had many foals who could literally run a hole in the wind. He raised and trained his horses. He was inducted in the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, his Mr. Master Bug won the All American Futurity in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include three nieces, Almeda Harrel of Ada, Cheryl Parks of Minco and Beverly Johnson of Austin, TX; one nephew, Kenneth R. Morris of Minco, and two step-grandchildren, Cory and Vaughn Whittle of Aubrey, TX.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Barnes and a step-son, Jerry Vaughn Whittle.

Bearers will be Troy Reust, Travis Reust, Vaughn Whittle, Kenneth Winters, Mike Parks, Justin Magness. Honorary bearers will be Johnny Barney and Fred Frederickson.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

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