OBITUARY

Stephen Earl Barker

28 October, 196020 February, 2021

Stephen Earl Barker resided with his wife in Nashville, TN. He was born on 10/28/60 in Banbury Cross, England to loving parents, father Harold “Ben” (Wanda) Barker of Mannington, WV, and mother Patricia Barker Crofutt, Bella Vista, AR. They were, both, veterans of the military.

Stephen is survived by devoted wife, soulmate, and best friend, Michelle Barker. He had one son, Tyler Barker of Indiana. Stephen’s parents had four children, of which, Stephen was the oldest. He was loved by all and was preceded in death by brother Gary Barker (Donna), Kingston Springs, TN.

Stephen is survived by brother Richard “Ricky” (Teresa) Barker, Murfreesboro, TN; sister Marianne Barker Elliston (Randy) of Bella Vista, AR; nephews and nieces Austin and Ashley Barker, Darryl and James Barker; great nieces and nephews Addie, Freya, and Cameron; as well as Great Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, extended family and friends who were like family, as well as loyal companion, best doggie, Gracie Mae. She never left her Daddy's side.

Stephen had a zest for life and never met a stranger. He could dance like John Travolta, had a wonderful sense of humor and loved helping others. While bravely battling cancer and organ failure, Steve re-dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. He was a wonderful husband, son, and was well-loved by friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, 26 February , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, 26 February , 2021

Memories

Stephen Earl Barker

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Clara Bright

25 February 2021

Michelle- you and Steve are very much loved by my family. I’ve known Steve for 30 years-since I was 5 years old. My dad and mom loved Steve like a brother. I will be praying for you and your family. May the Lord provide you with His presence and comfort during this time. Steve was such an amazing craftsman who loved people and always made everyone smile. He was such a light and the kindest. May the precious memories of Steve live on! To the Barker family: thank you for sharing Steve with us. While he is now with our Heavenly Father, the impact Steve made on our lives will never be forgotten. God bless.

Kelcy Bonham

25 February 2021

I have many fond memories of Steve in my short time of knowing him. I was new to the neighborhood and him and Michelle took me right under their wing. He called me “neighbor girl” when we first met and it made my heart happy. I’ll never forget how helpful he was to me, as I was a new homeowner and needed all the help I could get. He even mowed my grass and took my trash cans to and from the road. I could go on! He just knew something needed to be done and he did it. He was always willing to help, he was thoughtful, and sincere. I will miss our talks over the fence. You are greatly missed Steve.

Richard Barker

24 February 2021

Love you Steve, I am thankful to have had older brothers like you and Gary.

Carol Simpson

23 February 2021

it has been a long journey for you and Steven. He is truly blessed to have had your care and love. I am sure the good memories will endure forever and that you will often see him sliding down the rainbows to bring you a hug!!. Blessings and peace.

Tiffany Easley

22 February 2021

Michelle - I am truly sorry for your loss. I will always remember the smile you and Steve put on my face and the laughs that we shared at VUMC. May God’s peace and love surround in in the coming days.

Richard Barker

22 February 2021

Michelle so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being there for my brother Stephen you were by his side when he needed you the most. I will miss Steve and that smile that was always on his face, no matter the situation or how much pain he was in. It is thanks to Steve that I am where I am today. He asked me to come visit him in Tennessee back in 1986. I came to visit and have called Tennessee home ever since, and I have been blessed with so much. Any one who knows Steve can smile at this story of my first week or so with Steve. He said I could work with him and paint for a while till something else came along, we got in his truck to go to work the first day and traveled a few miles he asked me did I have any gas money I was broke and the truck was empty. Steve pulled in a gas station with no money, he went in and talked to the person at the counter he came out with two cups of coffee, breakfast he filled up the truck with gas and we pulled away.
He had a knack. I loved my brother and he will be truly missed.

Jeanie Barker

22 February 2021

Stephen had a great sense of humor, he had a wonderful contagious laugh that would make you laugh too. I will miss him.

Sandy Crouch

22 February 2021

Michelle, May God wrap his arms around you with beautiful memories and strength. Prayers for you and all the family. Much love, Sandy & Family

Nancy Russell

22 February 2021

Dear Michelle: Our love, prayers and thoughts are with you. We all know that you fought this battle along side your precious husband. What a trooper you are! You can be proud of yourself for having been by his side throughout the ordeal he suffered. You are brave and a true warrior for Christ. Steve and we are fortunate to have you in our lives. Nancy Russell

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