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Wiley Hiburn, head of Louisiana Tech’s Journalism Department and chief of the school’s News Bureau, said Barnes was a personal friend.

“He might have been the most shrewd business man I’ve ever known,” Hilburn said. “He sold groceries when the big chains were running everyone else out of business.”

Hilburn said Barnes never let his success go to his head.

“We’d give him honors at Tech and he would just laugh about it,” Hilburn said. “He was so much fun and had a great sense of humor.”

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