John and Christine Barker

John Clark Barker, Jr., 88, passed away April 20, 2013. His loving wife Christine Barker followed him on April 22, 2013. John was born in Valdosta, GA, son of the late John C. and Alma (Mills) Barker. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Navy and served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. John worked for S.B. Hubbard/Genuine Hardware for over 30 years. Christine was born in Shelby, NC, daughter of the late Charles Glenn and Ruby (Brown) Rainey. She was a “Bell Pioneer” with BellSouth with a long and successful career where she was once named Employee of the Year. The Barker’s were lifelong members of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. John and Christine were dedicated Gator fans who for decades attended home football games with family and friends. Both were enthusiastic travelers. John was a true green thumb and his garden was the envy of the neighborhood. Christine was an accomplished artist, painting pictures of her life and travels. John and Christine were preceded in death by a son, David. Surviving are a devoted son, John Glenn Barker (Mindy), three grandchildren, Kristin, Justin and Matthew, daughter-in-law Becky and many dear friends. John leaves behind two brothers, James and William while Christine is survived by her sister Blanche. The family will greet friends for visitation on Friday, April from 6 – 8 pm at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207. A double funeral service will be celebrated at 10:30 am Saturday, April 27 (their 62nd Wedding Anniversary) at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorials in their names may be directed to Heartland Hospice, 8130 Baymeadows Way W., Suite 201, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Hendricks Ave. Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 27, 2013

John and Christine Barker

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Lily Winter

May 1, 2013

Glenn and Mindy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lisa Parks

April 30, 2013

May your family be comforted by the love of family and friends at this difficult time. May the God of all comfort be with your family (Isa.61:1,2)

Deborah Harris Haywood

April 27, 2013

Dear Cousin Glenn and Family, I so fondly remember our years growing up and the joy I always felt from Uncle John and Aunt Chris. May their beauty live on in your memories and bring you peace. Deepest Sympathy

Mac McGehee

April 26, 2013

They are together in love John. Take care and have peace.

Katie Adkins

April 26, 2013

What a joy to know both your Dad and thoughts and prayers are with you and Mindy. Katie

Dorothy Langley

April 26, 2013

Glenn and Mindy, In deep sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bryan and Dorothy

Kimberly Weir

April 26, 2013

Thinking of you and keeping you in prayer. Thank you again for the honor of being part of your parents' lives. They will be remembered! Kimberly Weir, Heartland Hospice

Tim and Wendy Gillis

April 26, 2013

Glenn and Mindy - We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

April 25, 2013

We will certainly miss you Aunt Chris. All our love. Jim and Janice Knight

April 25, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim and Janice Knight