Kenneth "Chief" Wayne Barker

July 5, 1933June 20, 2013

BARKER, Kenneth Wayne, age 79, of Hixson, TN passed away June 20, 2013 with his devoted family at his side.

Wayne was a devout family man and a proud Navy Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Wayne was a self-employed building contractor and had a passion for woodworking. Known to his grandchildren as "Papaw", Wayne was the foundation of a very loving family and will be sorely missed. Known to close friends as "Chief", Wayne left a lasting impression on those who knew him for having a strong work ethic, a passion for life, and a sincere passion and respect for his beloved wife of 56 years, Montress Dixon Barker, and their three loving daughters. Wayne was a lifetime member of Hixson United Methodist Church.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Margaret Barker, and two sisters, Jimmie Barker Roberts and Virginia Barker Rhodes.

He is survived by his loving wife Montress Dixon Barker, three daughters, Lisa Barker Leiderman (Richard) of Spring Hill, TN, Kay Barker Billingsley (John), and Donna Barker Venturino (JP) both of Hixson. Additionally, he leaves his legacy to five adoring grandchildren, William Barker Fullbright, Kaitlin Billingsley Christopher (Eddie), Kindall Billingsley, Don Leiderman, and Kaleb Billingsley. He is also survived by a sister, Mildred Barker Wolfe.

A very humble man, not one for flair, "Chief" will always be remembered as the rock solid foundation of the Barker family. His compassion for traditional family values will forever be fondly recalled by his family and friends.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the MICU at Erlanger Hospital for the love and compassion during Wayne’s illness. Visitation and a celebration of Wayne's life will be held from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. A private burial and rendering of final honors will be held for the family only.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers that honorariums be made in Wayne's to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, East Tennessee Chapter, 355 Trane Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919, (865) 544-0768 or

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 22, 2013

Kenneth "Chief" Wayne Barker

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kathy (Pewitt) Latondress

June 24, 2013

This family holds a special place in my heart. I don't remember all the words spoken over the years, but I do remember the feeling of joy and of love of just being around them. I remember Mr. Barker's smile and love for his family and their friends. I was blessed to be a friend of the Barker family. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucy Goosey, Little Tweetie, and Peanut

June 22, 2013

You're the best Papaw! We love you so much. We will miss you!

Kay and John Billingsley

June 22, 2013

We love you daddy!