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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Dr. Robert C. Barker, Jr.

February 6, 1941August 9, 2019
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Dr. Robert C. Barker Jr., 78, died on August 9, 2019 at his home from a heart attack. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on February 6, 1941 to Dr. Robert C. and Katherine Holt Barker. He graduated from high school in Ft. Worth, and the attended Yale University, earning a B.A. in English literature in 1963. He obtained his medical Degree from Tulane College of Medicine. After serving two years in the Air Force as a general medical officer, he resumed his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, focusing on internal medicine and gastroenterology.

While in Houston he met and married his beloved wife, Jere Jones Guin Barker. On completion of his training there in 1975, they moved to Fort Smith, where he practiced with Holt Krock Clinic and Sparks. After retiring, he volunteered many years at Good Samaritan Clinic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward.

He is survived by his wife, Jere Barker: brother, Dr. Charles H. Barker; children, Mara E. Barker of Fort Smith, Heather B. (Ted) Heitman of Manchester, MO, Bevin B. (Dr. Brian) Raines of Waco, TX, and Brent C. Barker of Fort Smith; grandchildren, Sam, Miles and Max Raines, all of Waco, TX and Ella Booth of Portland, OR; and his cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was an active member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, enjoyed reading, music, cycling, running, rugby and racehorses.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The family will be at Edwards Funeral Home Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to visit with friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or Good Samaritan Clinic, 615 North B Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901, would be most appreciated.

  • FAMILY

  • Jere Barker, Wife
  • Mara E. Barker, Daughter
  • Heather B. Heitman and husband Ted, Daughter
  • Bevin B. Raines and husband Brian, Daughter
  • Brent C. Barker, Son
  • Katherine Holt Barker, Mother (deceased)
  • Dr. Robert C. Barker, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Edward Barker, Brother (deceased)
  • Dr. Charles H. Barker, Brother
  • Samuel Raines, Grandchild
  • Miles Raines, Grandchild
  • Maximilian Raines, Grandchild
  • Ella Booth, Grandchild
  • He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
  • Good Samaritan Clinic

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Memories

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Karen Stanley

August 13, 2019

He was such a Wonderful Doctor
Shared His words of wisdom
Always had a Much Valued Opinion
He was a Wise Man
He will be So Missed in Our Community

Raed Khairy MD

August 12, 2019

A great colleague, amazing clinician, kind person, beloved by everybody! I remember him always Smiling With a great sense of humor! Rest In Peace My friend!

BILL ENGLES

August 12, 2019

I'M SO VERY SORRY ABOUT DOCTOR BOB.... HE WAS A VERY NICE GUY. ALWAYS ENJOYED SEEING HIM AT EXCHANGE....

Kenneth Seiter, Sr

August 12, 2019

Dr Bob is remembered as one of the Great Ones. He was most respected by his colleagues. His humor and giving of his time and teaching to other medical personnel for the benefit of others was remarkable. He will be missed. He was a good man.

Stacy North

August 10, 2019

My condolences are with you in this time of great loss. Dr. Barker was a great physician and a very kind man. I am very honored to have worked at Sparks in his later years there. He will never be forgotten and will always be missed.
Stacy North RN BSN MSN A/GNP

Euvonna Pendergrass

August 10, 2019

Dr Barker was a faithful man. He was my doctor for many years , and I liked and respected him

Jean Foster

August 10, 2019

Bob was the nicest and sweetest friend and church member. He was a good man and a great friend. Peace be with you, dear friend.

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Biography

Dr. Robert C. Barker Jr., 78, died on August 9, 2019 at his home from a heart attack. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on February 6, 1941 to Dr. Robert C. and Katherine Holt Barker. He graduated from high school in Ft. Worth, and the attended Yale University, earning a B.A. in English literature in 1963. He obtained his medical Degree from Tulane College of Medicine. After serving two years in the Air Force as a general medical officer, he resumed his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, focusing on internal medicine and gastroenterology.

While in Houston he met and married his beloved wife, Jere Jones Guin Barker. On completion of his training there in 1975, they moved to Fort Smith, where he practiced with Holt Krock Clinic and Sparks. After retiring, he volunteered many years at Good Samaritan Clinic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward.

He is survived by his wife, Jere Barker: brother, Dr. Charles H. Barker; children, Mara E. Barker of Fort Smith, Heather B. (Ted) Heitman of Manchester, MO, Bevin B. (Dr. Brian) Raines of Waco, TX, and Brent C. Barker of Fort Smith; grandchildren, Sam, Miles and Max Raines, all of Waco, TX and Ella Booth of Portland, OR; and his cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was an active member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, enjoyed reading, music, cycling, running, rugby and racehorses.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The family will be at Edwards Funeral Home Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to visit with friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or Good Samaritan Clinic, 615 North B Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901, would be most appreciated.