Beverly June Barnes

July 06, 1943 - September 05, 2022

Beverly June Barnes

July 06, 1943 - September 05, 2022


God saw I saw getting tired

So He did what He thought was best.

He came and stood beside me

and whispered, “Beverly, it’s time, come and rest.

You made no one a last farewell,

not even a good bye.

I was gone before you knew it

and only God knows why.



Beverly (MeMe) Barnes was born July 6, 1943, she was the second child of Arlene and William M. Reed Sr.  She was given the name MeMe by her brother William Jr., who she loved dearly.

Beverly attended Tulsa Public Schools She is a proud member of the Historic Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1962.


In 1964, she met the love of her life, Vohn Curtis Barnes and the were married in 1965. In July of 1965 they united a built a strong  family together and were blessed with Dale Reed, Shawna Durant, Terrence Barnes and Keith Barnes.


She held various jobs throughout her lifetime; however her last place of employment was with the Tulsa World. MeMe was gainfully employed there for more than twelve years.

If there ever was a person who was a free spirit, that person would be Beverly. Fear was not a part of her vocabulary, she feared nothing. Her heart was as big as the world. She was a woman of  character and compassion, she gave….. Freely without regrets. She gave to the homeless, money, clothing and food.  If she had it, you could have it. Beverly was everyone’s MeMaw and she will be missed by all.


On September 5, 2022 She is preceded in death by her husband, Vohn C. Barnes; two sons, Dale Reed and Terrence Barnes; her parents, Arlene and Williams M. Reed and a brother who was like a son, Ronald Reed.


Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her loving children, Shawna Durant; and Keith (Celeste) Barnes; her sister, Sheera (James) R.; two brothers, Williams M. Reed and Derek Reed; 17 grandchildren including a special grandson, KeJuan who she raised as her own; 27 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Erica Payne; a special niece she reared, Katrina Reed along with her two sons; 2 great- great grandchildren.  A host of other family and friends.

A graveside service for Beverly will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery in Tulsa, OK at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.


  • Date & Time: September 13, 2022 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Crown Hill Cemetery
  • Location: Tulsa, OK - (Get Directions)

No Charities & Donations

No Gallery Photos

No Videos

4 responses to Beverly June Barnes

  1. Oh Ms Bev. I feel blessed to know her and the family. With love Natalie,Rn

  2. I will like to give my sincere condolences to the Reed, Barnes family doing this time of sorrow! Mimi will be truly missed on this side and i pray for strength and peace during this most difficult time – Pray God see you thru – love you all

  3. Our Condolences to your love one (Mimi). God Bless and Keep each of you in his loving arms. Prayers Going Up And Healing Coming Down. Know we are here for you. We love you guys very.

  4. Love you Memaw R.I P

Leave A Condolence

Choose a Candle

Call Now Button