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Kelsay (Bug) Barnes, 91, Campbellsville, KY (1928-2020)

Kelsay "Bug" Barnes of Campbellsville passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2020. He was 91 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 1pmET on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Ave., Campbellsville, KY, officated by Rev. Jim Durham and Bro. Tim Coghill. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.

Visitation is requested from 5pmET until 8pmET on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

Kelsay "Bug" Barnes of Campbellsville, son of the late George Leslie Barnes and Nora Anne Pendleton Barnes, was born October 19, 1928 in Taylor County, Kentucky. He died at 7:10 P.M., Tuesday, March 2, 2020 in Hodgenville.

He professed faith in Christ and was a member of South Campbellsville Baptist Church.

Kelsay was a retired co-owner of B & B Used Trucks and B & W Auto Sales.

He united in marriage to Thelma Nelson March 11, 1950.

Bug's family considered him the "best daddy in the world". He was always friendly and loved cutting up with people and enjoyed the children at church, always kept gum in his pocket for them. Bug also enjoyed pitching horseshoes and won many horseshoe tournaments. He had taught all of his children to drive and even some of his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Thelma Nelson Barnes of Campbellsville, he is survived by two sons and one daughter: Larry Barnes and wife, Connie and Ricky Barnes of Campbellsville and Jane Underwood and husband, Dennis of Elizabethtown; six grandchildren: Kevin Jones, Jason Jones, Slade Barnes, Mandy Cox, Dustin Barnes and Tyler Barnes; thirteen great-grandchildren: Tanner Barnes, Lauren Barnes, Rhett Cox, Riley Cox, Nolan Barnes, Owen Barnes, Jackson Barnes, Dalton Barnes, Jasper Eli Barnes, Alex Jones, Ethan Jones, Shelby Jones and Jaxon Jones; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Libby Cox Barnes and six brothers and six sisters: Leonard Barnes, Ivan Barnes, Garnett Barnes, Charlie Barnes, Bill Barnes, Evan Barnes, Berdie Rohe, Mae Cox, Ruby Jones, Goldie Sanders, Elsie Read, Mary Gilpin and a brother in infancy, John Owen Barnes.

Expressions of sympathy are requested to be donations to Gideon Bibles and may be made at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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Kelsay (Bug) Barnes, 91, Campbellsville, KY (1928-2020)

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