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Song Writer and Recording Artist Dick Barnes


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     Many state leaders gathered in Raleigh on August 14th to salute Dick Barnes of Davie County for his lifetime of service to North Carolina.  Governor Beverly Perdue presented the "Order Of The Long Leaf Pine" to him.

    Shown at the presentation ceremony from left to right are Judge Cressie Thigpen, Judge Cheri Beasley, Judge Linda McGee, Chief Justice Sarah Parker, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, School Superintendent June Atkinson, State Auditor Beth Wood, Dick Barnes, Carol Barnes, Governor Perdue, Preston Burns, Judge Martha Geer, and Peg O'Connell.

    Dick Barnes has served as a State Senator and a State Representative.  He has managed many successful statewide election campaigns.  In 2012 he is managing the campaigns of Beth Wood, Wayne Goodwin, Judge Linda McGee, Judge Wanda Bryant, and Judge Cressie Thigpen.

   Dick is also a well known entertainer.  He wrote and recorded "Booze It & Lose It" which promoted safe driving.  He wrote and recorded "North Carolina -The Place To Be" which was the Number One hit song in 13 different countries!  It was nominated for "Song Of The Year" by the European Country Music Association.



  The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest civilian honors a governor can give.



         Other musicans who have recieved this honor include: Country singers, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, and Ronnie Milsap. Bluegrass players: Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson. Gospel Singer and Preacher, Shirley Caesar-Williams (three times). Songwriter Arthur Smith. Calypso Singer, Harry Balafonte. Pop Singer, Engelbert Humperdinck. Classical Violinist Itzhak Perlman.










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