Richard Allen Barger

October 10, 1934January 12, 2019

Richard, “Hooter” Allen Barger, 84 of Hickory, passed away quietly with his family at his bedside. Hooter was born October 10, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Noah Allen and Florence Mary Brown Barger.

Hooter was a United States Airforce Veteran. A long-time member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Hickory, Richard graduated from Lenoir–Rhyne University with a bachelor’s degree in business. He worked many years for Charlie’s Bait Shop where he sold sporting goods and equipment, which he enjoyed. Later on he worked for Clyde Campbell Elementary School. Our husband, father, grandfather and friend can be best described as calm, cool, and collected. He rarely raised his voice and had a gentleness to his soul. Kind and giving were just a few of his wonderful traits. A passion of his was anything involved with sporting goods. He also took a special interest in photography and woodworking and his calm demeanor reflected in his work. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Margaret of 57 years; children, Leslie Dwin Barger, Kyle Evan Barger and his wife Florrie Marks, Kristi LaRae Barger; grandchildren, Dustin William Barger, Christopher Todd Metcalf, Darrious Adam Barger, Caleb Isaiah Hedgepeth, Emma Monique Barger, Valerie Elizabeth Barger and Douglas Alexander Barger.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 16th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601 from 10-10:45 am. A celebration of Richard’s life will be celebrated at 11:00 o’clock am with the Reverend Ryan T. Ray officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to the “memorial fund” at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at, 940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC. 828-267-5740 who has been committed to Richards service arrangements.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Richard Allen Barger

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jerry Hefner

January 16, 2019

Margaret, so sorry to hear about Hooter. Thankful that you have a lot of precious memories. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Paulette and Dick (Richard) Lael

January 16, 2019

Dear Margaret and family, we are so very sorry for your great loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Phyllis Drum

January 15, 2019

My heart and prayers go out to each of you as you grieve for the loss of Hooter. He was great to work with and never talked down to those of us who knew less, except the time he told me that I did not know how to make coffee. He wanted some more coffee in his water. He was a good friend to all who knew him. He will be missed by many. God Bless. Phyllis

Albert Yoder

January 15, 2019

Our prayers and God peace be with you.

Albert and Doreah

Andrea Quinn

January 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Mister Barger at Clyde Campbell Elementary School. He was one of the most pleasant, peaceful, kind people I’ve ever met. He was always willing to help with anything I needed in the classroom, and I remember sharing some good laughs with him, too. May the Lord be with you as you remember his legacy and give you peace as you grieve his loss.