In Memory


Bob Barker


Robert James Barker

GASTONIA -- Mr. Barker, 64, died Saturday, November 19, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton, NC. He was born in Gaston County, a son of Zula Nivens Barker of Gastonia, and the late Lawrence 'Dude' Carl Barker.

Funeral service is 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 22, at Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, with Reverends Linda Kelly and Harold Schwantes officiating. Interment will be in Gaston Memorial Park, with full Masonic rites. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Monday, November 21, at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.

Mr. Barker was a member of Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He was a member of Gastonia King Solomon Lodge #704, the Scottish Rite and Oasis Shrine in Charlotte. Mr. Barker graduated from Frank L. Ashley High School in Gastonia, and attended Western Carolina University. He was formerly employed by Akers Motor Lines, and retired from Yellow Freight.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Barker is survived by his wife of 43 years, Brenda Burroughs Barker; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Amy Barker of Hixson, TN, and Greg and Nikki Barker of Gastonia, NC; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Barker Sutton and Chris Sutton of Gastonia; grandsons, Craig and A.J. Barker, and Garrett Sutton; granddaughters, Justin, Blair and Landen Barker; and dearest friends, Harry N. 'Buck' and Pat Glenn. In addition to his father, Mr. Barker was preceded in death by his twin brother, William David Barker, and his brother Larry 'Squeaky' Carl Barker.

Pallbearers will be Clyde Queen, Mike Sigmon, Russ Clark, Joe Boyles, Jim White, Johnny Holland and Craig Barker. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Sigmon, Jerry Nivens, Randy Burroughs, Tommy Burroughs and David Huffman.

Memorials may be made to Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1425 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052 or Wake Forest University Leukemia Fund, c/o Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Unit, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Barker family.

Published in the Charlotte Observer on 11/21/2005. 

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