Virginia Lynn "Ginny" Barker

August 31, 1946January 25, 2019

Virginia Lynn “Ginny” Barker, 72, of Stuarts Draft, VA passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Envoy of Staunton.

Born August 31, 1946 in Blacksburg, VA she was the daughter of the late John Creed and Virginia Elizabeth (Price) Absher.

Ginny was a member of Valley Baptist Church, Stuarts Draft.

Survivors include her loving husband, James A. Barker of Stuarts Draft, VA; three sons, Timothy J. Barker and partner, Billy of New Orleans, LA, Alex P. Barker of Dublin, VA, and Christopher Barker and wife, Crystal of Stuarts Draft, VA; grandchildren, Jenna Barker, Wyatt Barker, and Hunter Barker; siblings, Hope Machemehl and husband, Mach of AL, J.C. Absher and wife, Kathleen of Christiansburg, VA, Charles D. Absher and wife, Diane of Richmond, VA, Carl Absher and wife, Rebecca of Blacksburg, VA, Bonnie Widner and husband, Skip of Franklin, VA, and Richard Absher and wife, Angie of Blacksburg, VA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Valley Baptist Church, 26 Sunny Slope Lane, Stuarts Draft, VA with Pastor Frank Hall officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102.

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  • Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102



  • Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 29, 2019


  • Officiating

Virginia Lynn "Ginny" Barker

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Benjamin Absher

January 28, 2019

Virginia Lynn represents true and pure goodness to me. I remember going to Gateway church with them, as a child, and learning to recite the Lord's prayer. Memories like that aren't soon forgotten. I'll always remember how much she reminded me of Grandma (Sis) Absher. We will see her again soon. Love you Virginia Lynn.

Dreama Pratt

January 28, 2019

Delores and I have such great memories of growing up with Virginia Lynn. As the years passed we did not get to be together very often but still had those wonderful memories of time spent with the family. We are so thankful that we know as believers we will get to see her again and she is in a glorious place. We won't be able to be with you but know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love all of you, Delores and Dreama

Terry Oliver

January 27, 2019

I remember Virginia from Blacksburg High School. She was always a joyful person. She had a smile that never ended. She was a friend for ever no matter where she lived. Jimmy I am so sorry for your loss, I know she will be deeply missed. May God be with you at this time.
Terry Oliver

Curtis Absher

January 26, 2019

Virginia Lynn was a special first cousin. In later life she reminded me so much of her mother, Aunt Sis. Such a cruel disease destroyed these lovely women before releasing them to their heavenly homes. Virginia Lynn and Jimmy were frequent visitors to my elderly parents in their last years and always brighten up their days. I didn't know it but I suspected they left our home to take sunshine to another. I cannot remember Virginia Lynn without a joyful smile (that with Jimmy's candy) made each visit a highlight of the day. I had several professional colleagues in the Animal Science Department speak highly of her service to VT. She has left us way too soon. Blessings to my dear cousins who mourn at the loss of this dear sister, mother or aunt.

Delores Wall

January 26, 2019

Jimmy, We were so saddened to hear of Virginia's passing. You and the children and grandchildren will be in our thought and prayers in the day to come. You were truly blessed to have her. She touched many lives, especially children that she taught at Gateway. She will be missed by many.
Marvin and Delores Wall

Linda Eaton

January 25, 2019

Our family has very fond memories of both Virginia and Jimmy. We especially remember how kind they were to us when we moved to this area, knowing no one and with no family here. They welcomed us and treated us as though we were family. Your kindness meant so much to us strangers. While we are very sad at her passing, we know that she has won that final victory and is sitting at the feet of her Savior that she loved so much. We will be praying for Jimmy and the rest of the family during their time of sorrow.