OBITUARY

Donald Ray Barker

June 1, 1918March 23, 2021

Donald Ray Barker, 102, was born in Johnstown, PA on June 1, 1918 and went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2021. He graduated from Southmont HS in 1938. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lillian Barker; wife, Emma “Mickey” Barker of 62 years and brothers, William and Ned Barker. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Becky Miller of VA Beach; son, Neil Barker (Luanne) of Charlotte, NC; grandsons, Clayton Barker of Nashville, TN and Brian Barker (Meghan) of Charlotte, NC; brother, Clair Barker (Florence) of Johnstown, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Norview United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing for many years with his friends at Eagle Haven golf course and had six hole-in-ones. His pride and joy was his two grandsons who also joined him on the golf course. He served 30 years in the US Navy (1941 to 1971) rose through the ranks from Seaman Recruit to Lieutenant Commander serving on numerous ships including three destroyers: USS Buchanan DD484, USS Shea DM30, and USS Meredith DD890, two aircraft carriers: USS Randolph CVA-15, USS Independence CVA-62 and several other ships. He received numerous medals including the Purple Heart for injuries received as a result of enemy action in the South Pacific Area/Guadalcanal on August 8, 1942. He lived a good Life and always encouraged others to “work hard, save your money and treat people the way you want to be treated”.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Catie Abbott, Steve Winter and the entire staff of Bay Lake Assisted Living Community for their loving care and compassion for 13 years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veteran Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

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linda tredinnick

April 2, 2021

Mr.Barker was an lovely person to be in his company was an joy!
REQUIESCAT IN PACE!

Steven Winter

April 2, 2021

Please accept my deep condolences for the loss of Mr. Barker. I was truly blessed to be apart of Mr. Barkers life and I trust he is at peace. He inspired to me to be the best father, son & friend I could be. I will miss him dearly.

Love Steve, Lisa & Evan Winter

Andrew Chisholm

March 29, 2021

My father, John Chisholm, enjoyed knowing Mr. Barker during those many years at Baylake. Dad also passed at age 102, so I am sure that they had some sort of competition going. Looks like the score was tied at 102 each! I always enjoyed seeing and talking to Mr. Barker during Baylake visits and know that he was best of friends with my father. Good friends Forever!

Roberr Chisholm

March 28, 2021

My father, John Chisholm, and Mr. Barker were close friends while at Bay Lake Retirement Community. They shared a table at most meals and spent many hours in conversation (and Bingo).
We are saddened to hear of your loss. Know that Mr. Barker is in a better place and at perfect peace.
We will hold Mr. Barker in our thoughts and prayers. Very sorry for your loss.

linny fentress

March 28, 2021

So sorry to hear that Mr. Barker has passed. I grew up on Hyde Circle in Norview and lived just down the street. I was friends with Becky and Neil and we had good times. Mr. Barker and Mrs. Barker were always nice to the kids in the neighbor hood and we would always play games in their yard. After the Barkers moved to Sherwood Forest I would sometimes see Mr. Barker at the softball field were i was playing on the police team. Again I am very sorry .

Elizabeth Panchik

March 27, 2021

My mother played bridge with Mr. Barker at BayLake. He was always positive when we spoke and made everyone's day better! My mother loved to chat with Becky and Don about Sudoku tips.
He will be greatly missed...such a kind and witty gentleman.
Peace to the family...

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY