Mrs. Linda Barker

October 20, 1929September 3, 2010

Linda Martin Barker passed from this life on Friday, September 3, 2010 at her home in Copperas Cove. She was born in Sulphur Bluff, Texas to Charlie and Avo Martin on October 10, 1929. Mrs. Barker was a graduate of Sulphur Bluff High School and Texas A&M Commerce where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She taught elementary school in Moody and Copperas Cove, Texas for 33 years. Mrs. Barker spent many a long evening and weekends grading paper and planning lessons to ensure that her students learned what they needed to know to make them ready for life’s challenges. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Charline McGlathery and Ina Sue Holcomb as well as her beloved son, Joel Blaine Barker. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, George Edward Barker whom she married on June 30, 1949. She is also survived by her precious daughter, Marilinda Barker of Longview, Texas and a grandson, Joshua Barker. Mrs. Barker saw beauty everywhere she looked; she collected many small treasures that were overlooked by others. She had a keen eye for a bargain and enjoyed many a hour mining the local thrift stores for the beautiful things she found, she pleased herself and others and shared her worldly treasures with those who were in need in her community. During her long career as an educator, Mrs. Barker lived her belief that “ A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.” As a teacher, Mrs. Linda Barker held an honored place in her community. What she gave of herself goes on in the lives of her family, her friends, and her students. The Barker family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 6, 2010 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Graveside services will 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. In place of usual remembrances the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Copperas Cove Education Foundation, P.O. Box 943, Copperas Cove, Texas 76522 to assist in furthering the education of our youth. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Services have been entrusted to the care of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, September 7, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, September 6, 2010

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September 8, 2010

Bro George I send my love and sympathy on your lose. May God be with you in this time and keep you safe in his loving arms.
Bro Harris.

September 7, 2010

What a lovely lady with a ready smile! Her positive outlook was a model for all of us. Mr. Barker and Marilinda, Joe and I are keeping you in our prayers as you adjust to life without this great lady. Joe and Tricia Moore McKelvain, Killeen, TX

Judy McInerney

September 6, 2010

My husband and I were very sorry to hear of Linda Barkers passing. I knew her to be a very humble, quiet, and gracious person. I had the opportunity to teach with Linda at the Ave. E Elementary school where she taught Social Studies. She took her duty as teacher very seriously. She gave of her best each day that she wa able to share her knowledge with the students she taught. She always had a smile to share with those around her. I will miss her and her smaile. Judy and Bob McInerney

September 6, 2010

We have lost a precious friend and fellow teacher. I treasure my memories from school and also from our little social get togethers like our "slumber party" at Lake Buchanan.She was a dear like no other.
Nancy Turner

Mary Sue Duty

September 6, 2010

As a second grader in Moody, I was so thrilled that I had "the pretty teacher!"
However, she proved to be the best teacher, and one that I always remembered with fondness. You knew she loved her students genuinely. She played a part in my becoming a teacher also. It has been over fifty years, but I can still remember that special, beautiful smile that she shared daily.
God Bless your family.
With sympathy,
Mary Sue (Hatter) Duty
Moody, TX

Janice Terry

September 6, 2010

I taught many years with Linda at the old Ave. E campus. Not only was she an excellent teacher, but a real mentor and friend. I was always eager to get to the teacher 's workroom on a break because I hoped Linda would be there. I loved her sense of humor. She had a teacher's heart for her students, but she knew when to be firm. I was so concerned when she lost vision in one of her eyes that she would quit, but again she taught all of us a lesson on how to persevere. I am looking forward to another day when she can mentor me in Heaven and show me all the things she is learning there.

September 6, 2010

I am sorry to say good-bye to another sweet friend. She was much loved by all of us who knew her. My son Bruce was one of her sixth- grade students. He loved her better than any of his teachers. I remember at Christmas time I gave him money to get Christmas gifts for any of his teachers he wanted to. He came home with one gift--for Mrs. Barker.
My prayer for Mr. Barker and Marylinda at this time is that the mighty power of God's love will embrace their spirits and comfort them. May the precious memories they have of Linda bring them joy. Sincerely , Kay Cox

Jerry Lemon Graves

September 6, 2010

I will miss my sweet cousin Linda at the family reunions. Her smile always brightened the room wherever she was. I loved the letters she wrote me, and the telephone conversations we had from time to time. I loved her very much.