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Longtime Darlington Raceway artist has passed away

Jeanne Barnes, 77, who has drawn dozens of portraits of Nascar legends, died Wednesday morning (Photo courtesy of the family)

Jeanne Barnes, 77, who drew dozens of portraits of NASCAR legends, died Wednesday morning following an extended illness, according to Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee.

Barnes' work is displayed in the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame inside the Darlington Raceway Museum.

It's filled with dozens of her drawings and portraits of NASCAR legendary drivers, including Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough and Kyle Petty.

Each picture is very detailed, depicting the true image of the drivers.

Those who knew her describe her as a kind and talented soul, who adored NASCAR racing.

They said she often worked at the Raceway during race time, helping out in the credentials office.

Friends said Barnes will be dearly missed.

Kistler Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington is handling the arrangements.

Hardee said her funeral will be early next week.

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