Name: SMSgt (Ret) Melvin Barnes
Title: Owner and President
Company: Barnes Company
Logistics Manager Tarheel Challenge Academy (TCA)
Fundraising Goal: $5,000
Why I am a Pink Tie Guy
I became involved with Komen Charlotte after meeting my wife (a seven-time co-breast cancer survivor). It was a deep passion of hers; so naturally, it became a deep passion of mine. After we met, one of the first places we went together was to have her annual mammogram. It struck me deeply. Seeing the procedure made me realize just how important breast health and wellness is and how important it is to me to be able to help eradicate this disease. I’ve traveled with her as she has spoken to many women and men at churches and other organizations about the importance of early detection. Early detection saves lives and we will continue our journey together as we seek to find a cure.
SMSgt (Ret) Melvin Barnes is an original North Carolinian, born in Gastonia, NC to the late Willie James Little and Mary Sue (Barnes) Cannon. As a child, his family relocated to the Kannapolis/Concord area where he currently resides with his loving and supportive wife – Sadrita Barnes (Komen Ambassador and Pink Sunday Chairperson). Together, they share five amazing and wonderful adult children – Conitsha Barnes, Melinda Goins, Anthony Goins (son-in-love), Micah Bouler, and Erinita Bouler; eight phenomenal grandchildren (7 princesses and 1 prince) – Shabree Goins, Mikayla Leak, Nadia Goins, Adrianna Dunham, Ashanti Goins, Jayda Goins, Micahya Bouler, Anthony Goins, Jr.
Melvin always knew his purpose was to serve, encourage, motivate and give back to the community. Before graduating from A.L. Brown High School, he took an oath to serve, honor and protect our country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. This enlistment lasted more than 37 years. He retired from the North Carolina Air National Guard in 2014 as a Senior Master Sergeant – Rank: E-8.
After his retirement, he knew he wanted to continue his work in making a difference in the lives of young men and women within the community. One year after his military retirement, Melvin accepted a position as Logistics Manager at the Tarheel Challenge Academy (TCA) in Stanley County. The TCA works with at-risk youths (between the ages of 16-18) to provide intervention and help produce program graduates by ensuring they have the necessary values, life skills, education, and self-discipline to succeed as productive citizens. To date, he continues in this role and finds the fulfillment of watching the kids graduate to be the most rewarding. Melvin is also the owner and president of Barnes Company, an apparel screen printing and embroidery business that has been operating for 23 years.
Melvin is a tremendous supporter of Komen Charlotte and breast health awareness and research. For years, he has attended many events with his wife and shared the importance of breast health – especially for men, as they can also get breast cancer. He is proud of the slogan “Real Men Wear Pink” as he’s been sporting this color for numerous years.