Brathel E. Barker

April 27, 1929March 25, 2014
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Brathel Edwin Barker passed away on March 25, 2014. Born in Thomasville, NC to Ira E. Barker and Dora Sullivan Barker Blue. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vonnie Jewell (Toots) Barker; son, Larry Barker (Terry) of Fredericksburg, VA ; son, Randall (Randy) Barker (Carla White) of Norfolk; a brother, Ronald N. Barker of Kernersville, NC; 2 granddaughters, Nicole Orr (Rob) of Fishers, IN and April Mapes (Jonathan) of Norfolk; grandson, Richard Bible of NC; and 9 great-grandchildren. After serving in the US Navy, Brathel moved his family to Norfolk in the early 1950’s. He retired from Norfolk Public Works at Naval Station in 1990 as a Production Controller. An avid camper and member of NTC; member of Masonic AF&AM Norfolk Lodge #1, Khedive Temple Shrine, Life Member of the Khedive Hillbilly Unit and Loyal Order of Moose (Fellowship Degree). A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norview Chapel with burial to follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, March 30, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 31, 2014

Brathel E. Barker

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April 10, 2014

My sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.

April 4, 2014

I will be so sad not to see Papa Ed and Mama Toots at Ocean Lakes. This was a kind, funny and gentle man. He knew a lot of bad words but he said that was the navy talking. Yea right. I haven't seen some one that loves to fish like he did. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends. The world lost a great man, but guess he's fishing in Haven now. All my love hon... Deborah Lathe ( Monroe, NC)

April 2, 2014

We've thought of Ed and Toots often and missed you terribly. Go with God, Toots, our prayers are with you

Don and Jean Devore, Greenwood, IN

Bruce and Gerry Caughell

April 2, 2014

"We had many wonderful memories of visiting and laughing with both of you at the beach and masonic campouts."

Red & Ruth Mauldin

April 2, 2014

Our hearts are broken as they were touched by a good man and friend. Toots, we loved Ed, you, and Terry. His flashing smiles, photographs, emails with his fishing adventures and camping experiences left us with some wonderful memories. Toots, we will ask God to give you peace and comfort until we meet Ed in his new home on the other side. Red & Ruth Mauldin (Swansboro, NC)

Becky Jacobs

April 1, 2014

I have such wonderful memories of both Papa Ed and Toots. What a talented couple. We had such fun while in the same Masonic camping group for a short time. We moved back to Ohio but they stayed in touch. Great couple.

April 1, 2014

Mama Toots,
PaPa Ed was a wonderful guy, Cy & I always enjoyed talking to you both at NCT Campouts and at the beach. Will always remember the shark he had me hold.
Ginny Holdeen

Mary Critchlow

April 1, 2014

PaPa Ed was truly a wonderful man. He loved life.
A Masonic friend.

Jack Johnson

April 1, 2014

Mama Toots & family,
Ed was a long-time friend. We spent many hours together at the Masonic Park in FL, and also at Myrtle Beach. He was truly a good man, and will never be forgotten.
Jack & Mabel Ruth Johnson

Collin Coleman

March 30, 2014

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.