Niki Barnes


MONTICELLO — Mrs. Niki Griffith Morgan Barnes, age 51, of Monticello passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born October 27, 1961 in Monticello she was the daughter of Joe Griffith of Monticello and the late Donna Lee Long Griffith.

She was employed at and served as vice president and treasurer of L.D. Long Inc. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monticello and was very active with the youth groups at the church. She was an Emeritus board member of the Drew County Historical Society. Niki was also very active in the Junior Auxiliary of Monticello where she was a life member and past president. In 2008 she volunteered with the National Junior Auxiliary Foundation at their national conference where she helped host Miss USA. On the national level for Junior Auxiliary, Niki served for the years 2008 to 2010 on the National Scholarship Committee, from 2010 to 2012 she served on the National Public Relations Committee and from January 2012 to present, she was the Chapter Support Coordinator for Region 3.

Niki was preceded in death by her first husband, Randy Morgan and by her grandparents, L.D. and Rose Long and Joe, Sr. and Pauline Griffith.

Survivors include her husband, Richard A. Barnes of Monticello; her son, Jay H. Morgan of Monticello; her daughter, Randa Lee Leonard and husband David of Azores Island, Portugal; her father and step mother, Joe and Gay Griffith of Monticello; Richard’s parents, Bill and Mavis Barnes of Monticello; and Randy’s parents, J.H. and Corene Morgan of Dermott.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 413 North Main St., Monticello with Rev. Kenny Worbington and Rev. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be made to Monticello Junior Auxiliary, P O Box 298, Monticello, AR 71657 or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall St. Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.