Bishop F.C. Barnes, a nationally known Gospel musician and minister, has died.
Barnes, 82, who wrote the “Rough Side of the Mountain” that made Gospel music charts nationally, died Monday morning at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
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He is the father of Grammy Award nominee Luther Barnes, a record producer, director, songwriter and composer.
F.C. Barnes also founded the Red Budd Holy Church, where he was a pastor for more than 50 years.
“Churches all over the country sings his songs,” said the Rev. Thomas L. Walker of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.
Walker said Barnes was like a surrogate father to him.
“He wrote very traditional, meaningful songs,” Walker said. “Ministries would teach them to their choirs. ... However, he was also a great preacher and evangelist.”
“We did joint revivals for about 40 years, which was something unheard of with a Baptist Church and Holiness Church. He and I saw that there was really no difference.
(in the churches), that there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism.”
Walker said Barnes was not ashamed to admit that he had only a third grade education. He said one would never know it from his sermons or the way he handled himself.
“He was very transparent about (his education),” Walker said. “He didn’t try to hide it because he didn’t function on that (third grade) level.”
Hamilton Funeral Home in Wilson is handling funeral arrangements, which are not yet set.