Circumstances of Death
Special Agent Merimon Barnes was found dead in the woods near his government auto in Jackson County, FL. He had left his home to meet a confidential informant and at some point, had apparently stopped to rest. Agent Barnes' death was ruled a heart attack.
Agent Barnes joined the Bureau of Prohibition on October 1, 1930, and served in Cleveland, OH; Birmingham, AL; and Tampa, FL. He carried badge #1650. Prior to becoming an agent, he was a teacher in the Washington, DC, public schools.
Agent Barnes was born in Muscadine, AL. He was survived by his wife and three children.