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Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations

3060 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC

OBITUARY

Richard Blain Barger

March 9, 1935July 18, 2020
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Richard Blain Barger, 85, died Saturday, July 18, 2020, after hosting his family at his Conover home following a brief illness. Born March 9, 1935, in Catawba County, he was a dedicated husband and father and a loving grandfather and great grandfather. He was the son of the late Harry McKinley and Nellie Bost Barger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters Lois Arrowood, Burnell Clontz and Betty Jean Martin and four brothers Jessie Lee Barger, Cecil Barger, Everett Barger and Ray Barger. Richard spent his entire working career as an employee of Century Furniture Company in Hickory, and was a longtime member of what was formerly Church of The Master in Hickory. He spent many years playing Santa Claus and giving candy to the youth of the church during the Christmas season. His passions included deep-sea fishing and among his favorite places to visit was Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeanette Matthews Barger of the home; sons Ricky Barger of Charlotte and Danny Barger of Lenoir; granddaughters Jennifer Barger of Hudson and Samantha Barger of Lenoir; great grandsons Bradley Barger, Andrew Barger and Mason Kidd of Hudson, and great granddaughter Chloe Kidd of Hudson. Richard will be missed by those who knew and loved him. A Celebration of Life service will be held on July 21, 2020, at 3:00pm at Catawba Funeral Home with Rev. Sandi Hood officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Burial will follow the service at Catawba Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Peace United Church of Christ at 2230 29th Ave Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Barger Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.

  • FAMILY

  • Jeanette Matthews Barger, Wife
  • Ricky Barger, Son
  • Danny Barger, Son
  • Jennifer Barger, Granddaughter
  • Samantha Barger, Granddaughter
  • Bradley Barger, Great Grandson
  • Andrew Barger, Great Grandson
  • Mason Kidd, Great Grandson
  • Chloe Kidd, Great Granddaughter

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chris Kidd
  • Daniel Whisnant
  • Bradley Barger
  • Andrew Barger
  • Sonny Arrowood
  • Bruce Starnes
  • DONATIONS

  • Peace United Church of Christ

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Memories

Richard Blain Barger

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Jena Watts

July 21, 2020

When I first met Richard, I became the girl that looked after his brother and sister in law, Ray and Dolly. It made me laugh every time he would call Ray and I would answer the phone. He always said to be sure to take care of them every time him and Jeanette would visit. They are very sweet people and I'm glad I got to meet them. My heart goes out to the Barger family. I hope Richard and Ray are together and free from pain as I know they are. 🥀✝️🙏

CINDY Thompson

July 21, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with Jeanette and the rest of the family. Richard was a great man and I was honored to have known him.
He will always be known as the Candy Man to me, the children at Church would swarm him every Sunday morning for a smile, a hug and a piece of candy. RIP Candy Man.

Joe Marusak

July 20, 2020

My sympathies to your family

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