North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Former Coach Passes Away

ARCHDALE—Paul Curlee Barnes, who had been a successful high school coach at one point, passed away early in May.

        Born in Stony Point, NC, Barnes spent his youth at Barium Springs Home for Children and went on to attend Catawba College on a football scholarship.

        He coached at the old Allen Jay High School, coaching football for 10 years and also coaching women’s basketball.  His football teams posted a record of 77-13. He left coaching and teaching for a while, working at Highland Cotton Mills as well as Burlington Industries. He returned to coach at Trinity High School as well as serving as athletic director.

        Barnes also was active for many years at his church, the Archdale Friends Meeting.