Melvin L. Barnes Sr., 83

MAY 15, 1928-MARCH 9, 2012

March 10, 2012
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Melvin L. Barnes Sr., 83, of 15431 National Pike in Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, March 9, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born May 15, 1928, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Ernest Barnes and Mable (Mauk) Barnes.

He had been married for 54 years to his wife, Agnes Eva Barnes, who died in February 2009.

He was a veteran, having enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946.

He worked as a mechanical engineer at Kelly Springfield Tire Co. in Cumberland for nearly 30 years.

He was awarded the Carnegie Hero Award for saving the life of Kevin Stangle Jr. in 1980 by pulling Mr. Stangle from an overturned burning vehicle in Funkstown, Md., during which Melvin Barnes suffered third-degree burns himself.

He is survived by his son, Melvin L. Barnes Jr. of Henderson, Nev.; three grandchildren; and his sister, Dorothy Sell of Baltimore, Md.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn; and brother, Norwood.

There will be no viewing.

A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport. The Rev. Robert V. Robinson will officiate. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 of Hagerstown.

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