Remembering Cartersville Police Officer Sarah Beth Barnes: A collage of photos from her memorial service on Monday.

Remembering Cartersville Police Officer Sarah Beth Barnes: A collage of photos from her memorial service on Monday.



Previous coverage:

Funeral services for Cartersville Police Officer Sarah Beth Barnes will be Monday, February 3 at 4 p.m. at Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday at Owens Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive in Cartersville. Obituary from Owens Funeral Home:

Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, age 32, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Sarah was born on October 13, 1987 in Austell, GA, daughter of Thomas Scott Postell and Dreama Harbour Postell. As a teenager, Sarah signaled her life would be devoted to helping others when she became a lifeguard. In 2015, she achieved her dream of becoming a Sailor when she joined the Naval Reserves. The 2015 death of her beloved sister, Rachel Postell, inspired Sarah to become a police officer. She proudly served the Cartersville Police Department. Sarah also enjoyed writing and her long-term aspirations including becoming an investigative journalist. In her short time on earth, Sarah served her community and her country. She made a difference in the lives of others and was committed to a life in service of others. Sarah was passionate and lived life fully. She had a colorful personality, was fun to be with and was devoted to her family. A favorite quote of Sarah’s summed up her approach to life: “Let us live like flowers, Wild & Beautiful, Drenched in SUN.”

She will be forever deeply missed by her family. Sarah is preceded in death by her sister, Rachel Danae Postell; grandfather, Raymond Thaddeus Harbour; great-grandparents, Ruth Garner Postell and Thomas Raymond Postell and Mary Beth Harbour and father-in-law, Ronald Steve Barnes, Sr. Survivors include her parents; loving husband of three years, Steve Barnes; children, Alexis, Grace, Hayleigh, Skylar and Brayden; step-mother, Kimberly Hilsman Postell; sister, Kathryn (Eric) Postell Logan; brothers, Thomas David Postell and Christian Matthew Postell; step-brothers and sister, Caleb Hilsman, Todd Hilsman and Cassidy Brooke Hilsman; grandparents, Cynthia Elizabeth Harbour, Thomas Wayne (Tommie Ledbetter) Postell; several aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Sarah Anne Barnes; brother-in-law, Kevin (Kim) Barnes; special cousin, Derek Jacobs and a host of other cousins survive as well.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at four o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 3rd of February, 2020 at Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Postell and Bishop Ed Richardson officiating. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from twelve-thirty in the afternoon until three-thirty on Monday, the 3rd of February, 2020 at Owen Funeral Home.

Flowers are accepted or memorial donations may be made in Sarah’s honor to Tunnel 2 Towers at Please visit to post tributes and sign the on-line register. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA 30120 has charge of the arrangements.

Saturday update from Cartersville Police: “Over the next several days we are leaving Officer Sarah Beth Barnes’ patrol vehicle at the front of our police headquarters located at 195 Cassville Road. There is a photograph of Officer Barnes, and other items on display. Please feel free to leave flowers or any small item, card or note at the marked unit in Officer Barnes memory These will be presented to her family at the completion of the memorial.”

Previous report:

Cartersville Police are in mourning following the death of Officer Sarah Beth Barnes, 32, of Rockmart in an off-duty traffic accident on Thursday afternoon in Paulding County. WSB TV reports that Barnes leaves behind a husband as well as five children. The initial report from the Georgia State Patrol says Barnes was killed and two others were injured in the accident that involved three vehicles.

The report says the vehicle Barnes was driving, a Kia Sorrento, had traveled into the median. Barnes twice “over corrected” and then as hit by a Jeep. We have this report from the state patrol:

“On Jan. 30, at approximately 5:25 p.m., GSP was dispatched to a possible fatality traffic crash involving three vehicles on Ga. 6 in Paulding County. A 2011 Kia Sorrento was traveling east on Ga. 6 in the left lane. The vehicle traveled into the north median and over corrected, returning back into the eastbound lanes of the roadway. The vehicle over corrected again and traveled across the median and into the westbound lanes of the roadway.

“A 2018 Jeep Renegade was traveling west in the left lane. The Jeep Renegade attempted to change lanes into the right lane and struck the Kia Sorrento on the passenger’s side with its front. A 2012 Ford Fusion struck the Jeep Renegade in the right rear with its front.

Kia Sorrento – Sarah Barnes, age 32 of Rockmart, was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at Wellstar Paulding Hospital.

Jeep Renegade – Casey Barron, age 33 of Dallas, was injured and transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Ford Fusion – Addie Slade, age 74,  of Marietta, was injured and transported to Wellstar Paulding Hospital.

“The report is not complete.”

CPD issued the following statement on Friday:

“The Cartersville Police Department wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of Officer Sarah Beth Barnes, Badge # 189, who passed away in Dallas, Georgia as a result of a tragic motor vehicle crash on Jan. 30, 2020. Officer Barnes was a valuable member of our team, community and she will be sorely missed. Please keep Officer Barnes’ family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

The police department’s Facebook post already has attracted more than 220 comments with many writers talking about her service to the community over the past two years. Click CPD Facebook.

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