Barnes joins Alabama business hall of fame

Published 2:52 am Saturday, November 17, 2018

Patricia “Sister Shubert” Barnes had no idea that baking rolls would lead to her being inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.

Thursday night, Barnes was among seven business professionals celebrated at the Alabama Business Hall of Fame ceremony in Birmingham. Other 2018 inductees include Jeffrey Bayer, of Birmingham; Don James, of Birmingham; Charles McCrary, of Birmingham; Randy Owen, of Fort Payne; James Pursell, of Fayetteville; and John Rhoads, of Birmingham (awarded posthumously).

“The ceremony went wonderfully,” Barnes, who founded her bread company in her home kitchen, said. “Just to be up there, with everyone else was amazing. I am very humbled to be a part of this group.”

Barnes said that she was completely overwhelmed during the ceremony.

“As they were listing all the accomplishments of my little company for the past 25 years, I was just completely overwhelmed,” Barnes said. “Everything was just a little overwhelming.”

The Andalusia community has been very supportive, Barnes said.

“I have gotten so many wonderful comments from people,” Barnes said. “They have been so great and wonderful.”

Barnes said that she had no idea that she would be inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.

“There have only been seven women inducted,” Barnes said. “The last two were 20 years ago, so it was a complete surprise to me.”

Barnes is still working with her company and plans to keep telling her story.

“I still work with the company and work on getting different products out there,” Barnes said. “And I plan to keep on telling my story. It keeps me motivated.”

Barnes celebrated with a luncheon at the Sister Shubert plant in Luverne for all of her employees.

“I had a wonderful luncheon in Luverne and really just thanked all of my workers,” Barnes said. “Without them there would not be anything. I am just very thankful that I am still able to do what I love.”

Barnes attended Troy University, Auburn University, and The University of Alabama. She and her husband, George, reside in Andalusia. They have three daughters: Charlotte Wilcox, Chrissie Duffy, and Laura Barnes; two sons: Evans and Alex; and seven grandchildren.

She sits on numerous boards, including those of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, the Dean’s Board for the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University.