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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

Bear...The Man, The Friend, The Legend

Hello everyone, well it’s been a cold, snowy, wet winter but warmer days are on the way. Hang in there Spring is just around the corner. The week I’m going to write about a dear friend of mine that suddenly passed away recently Theodore "Bear" Richard Barnes II. He was from Shinnston, West Virginal but moved to Bristol Tennessee. He went to Shinnston High School and Lincoln High School. He worked at Teddy Bear Motors/Mid Motion Foods for many years. Bear was the owner of Bear’s Bar on US 421. He was born on September 27, 1958, to the late Theodore Barnes and Diana Lantz Barnes. Bear worked for KVAT as a driver. He enjoyed participating in motorcycle rides for charity and attending auctions. Bear used to own a used car lot and he enjoyed driving his roll back. Bear was a jokester and never met a stranger.

Bear was a good man and always willing to help anyone in need. I have even had to call him in the middle of the night to come rescue Pork and I on 421 mountains. There are so many stories that so many folks could tell. The laugher, the kindness, the love, the respect, the friendship, the brotherhood and so much more that Bear had for everyone that he met was true and real. He gave of his time and his love for people.

Bear was truly one of a kind. He would cook Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas at his bar and feed everyone who didn’t have everywhere to go for free. At the end of any night, he would have biscuits and gravy for everyone free, so they would have food on their tummies before leaving the bar. His Brussels sprouts was the best. He and I would host dinners, rides, wrestling, bike games and so much more. I know I am not the only who will forever miss him. Folks from all over the country would come by his bar just to say hi and hang out for a while when they were in town. This is just a very small amount of the things that can be said about him. However, I encourage everyone to stop by during his Celebration of life and share your story of Bear, The Man, The Friend, The Legend Theodore "Bear" Richard Barnes II    

I am hosting his Celebration of Life on February 24, 2024, at 19 E Pit Stop at 5pm, $10 to eat some of the best home cooking food you could ask for with 100% of the food sales going to help pay for his head stone that we will deliver to his grave on his birthday in September.  Plus, on August 17, 2024, I will be hosting his Memorial Ride. If you would like to know more about this two event, you can text me on my cell 423-297-5675 or go by 19E Pit Stop and ask for Tammy.  

Emergency Bike Night February 28th at 19E Pit Stop 6pm

Tulips first bike night will be April with Shadie Sadie

Local Events:

1. Gala Scholarship Fundraiser 7pm at The Heritage Event Venue Feb 17th

2. Bear’s Celebration of Life February 24th 5pm at 19E Pit Stop

3. 2nd Annual St, Patty’s Day Party 1pm March 16th at True Sons Club House


1. Lids for Kids March 30th

Bike Rallies:

Daytona Bike Week March 1st – 10th Daytona Beach


1. Snow Moon on Saturday, February 24 - 7:31 am

2. Worm Moon on Monday, March 25 - 3:01 am

3. Pink Moon on Tuesday, April 23 - 7:51 pm

4. Flower Moon on Thursday, May 23 - 9:55 am

5. Strawberry Moon on Friday, June 21 - 9:10 pm

6. Buck Moon on Sunday, July 21 - 6:19 am

7. Sturgeon Moon on Monday, August 19 - 2:28 pm

8. Harvest Moon on Wednesday September 18 - 10:36 pm

9. Hunters Moon on Thursday October 17 -7:27 am

10. Beaver Moon on Friday November 15 - 4:29 pm

11. Cold Moon on Sunday December 15 - 4:02 am


Useless Facts:

1. February fluctuates between having 28 and 29 days per year. The 29th day only occurs every 4 years during leap years.

2. The length of February was finalized when Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar and assigned the month 28 days and 29 days. In 713 B.C., February was officially added to the Roman calendar.

3. If you were born in February, your birthstone is an amethyst, and your flower is a primrose.

4. The western zodiac signs in February are Aquarius which is until February 19th, and Pisces, which is until February 20th.

5. Over time, the length of February kept changing. At one point, it had as little as 23 days.


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