OBITUARY

Zachary Christian Barksdale

Passed away on November 20, 2021

Zachary “Zach” Christian Barksdale, 26, of Marietta, Georgia passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021. He was born on September 12, 1995 in Marietta, Georgia. Zach was home schooled through 7th grade, enjoyed playing lacrosse and baseball growing up, attended Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia and graduated in 2014. He was a artistic person with a variety of creative interests, and he also loved animals. Zach’s first job was at Publix. He held a variety of jobs, including working for Pest Ban. Passionate for serving others, Zach pursued a career in law enforcement and served as a deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for over two years. According to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, he “was an exemplary employee who always had a smile on his face.” Here he seemed to mature, thrive, and develop career ambitions. He was committed to upholding the law and loved serving the community where he was raised. He had recently enjoyed volunteering for Boy Scout Troop 241 by being a youth mentor, leader, and Chaplin. Zach was known for his smile, willingness to lend a helping hand, and enthusiasm for life; he was a friend to all. Zach grew up at Faith Community Church in Woodstock. The Lord was greatly at work in Zach’s heart in recent days, and we have hope that he is now with Christ.

Zach is survived by his devoted father, Marc Barksdale, and step-mother, Julie Barksdale; siblings Matt Barksdale, Stephanie (Brandon) Hodges, Brad Barksdale, Blake Barksdale, and Sophie Barksdale; step-siblings Caleb (Jessica) Kutsche, Faith (Karsten) Cook, Nathan Kutsche, Daniel Kutsche, Jacob Kutsche, and Asher Kutsche; grandfather, William Barksdale, and grandmother, Sue Barksdale; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Kathy Barksdale.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, November 27th at 10:00 a.m. and Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. at Sandy Plains Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 122, Ball Ground, GA 30107.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodstockfuneralhome.com for the Barksdale family.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

Memories

Zachary Christian Barksdale

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Kristen Murphy

November 27, 2021

So...I had a mental conversation with you after I found out. You know what I said in that lecture mister! I am still in shock that you are gone. You had so much left to do here. We had some awesome conversations about God, how other people's relationship with God was not our business to judge, and that people often make mistakes, but if God forgives us, so should those around us. Your ability to make people laugh, smile, and share what was on their heart was your superpower! You ALWAYS made me laugh...even when you called me Falkor from Never Ending Story because of my big brown eyes! You asked me a few weeks ago if I was still mad at you for that! Pretty sure nobody could ever stay mad at you, sweet friend! You were an incredible human here on earth and I have no doubt you are the kindest angel in heaven. Love you and will miss you always my friend!

Moe Vafaeian

November 27, 2021

Dear Barksdale,

You’d always smile when you’d see me in roll call, always asking me why I was in so early. I’d never have a real reason other than just being in early. The last time I saw you, you told me “There’s a million things you could be doing right now, bowling, eating lunch, watching tv but you’re here at 4 sitting in roll call. At least you’re here ready to go, God bless”. I would laugh and be like good point. I’d always ask you how your day went, you’d give me the update with a smile and tell me it was a good day. We’d talk about the future and what we wanted to do work wise , and always try to formulate a plan. I’d even got you to say “Bababooey” which is a huge accomplishment.

I’ll always remember your happy mood and that mustache, you were growing. You’re missed so much, always watch over us. Be at peace brother

Your friend,
Moe Vafaeian

Alexa Beumel

November 25, 2021

Roses you gave me 🤍 I loved them so much. It made my entire day. You always made my day/week with your smile and kind words and actions. Passing notes back and forth with you was my absolute favorite thing. I love you so much.

Alexa Beumel

November 25, 2021

My dearest love,

Thank you for making me feel such a genuine love, & for sharing your caring nature & positivity with me. I will forever cherish all of my memories with you. The last night we had together, you said it was your favorite time with me; it’s also my favorite memory with you. You shared Christian music with me & read parts of the Bible to me. It was the most relaxing & heartfelt time we ever had together. I will miss having you as my guide, sharing your faith with me.

This same night, you looked into my eyes & told me that God loves me. Though I am still on the journey of learning just what that means for me, it touched my heart when you told me. Because I know it came from your heart, & you meant it with every bit of your being. It was so important to you that I knew this.

Zachary Barksdale, I miss you more than words could ever say. I love you more than I could ever express. And I will keep this love for you in my heart forever.

Love always,

Beumel

Elbert Davis

November 24, 2021

You liked coming to the MUST Ministries Homeless Shelter with my church and helping us prepare and serve lunch to the residents. The last time you came out was November 13th. We did chili and cornbread. You cooked and served the chili, I cooked the cornbread. You played Christian music on your phone for everyone in the kitchen while we worked. You were so happy that you were off every weekend now and would be able to help out more often. You met my wife, daughter and many of the church members. You talked about making some white chili for us. When lunch was over, you closed us out in prayer. You were always a beacon of light and inspiration for us all. We will all miss you.

Til we meet again,
Elbert

Adam Shepherd

November 24, 2021

I’ll never forget when you asked if I was wearing a child’s size shirt, and I asked if your shirt was cut for a woman. I’ll cherish the times we studied our flash cards and ate lunch together. I’ll miss your jokes and the laughter you provided, and I’m sorry that we never got to lift together. I forgive you for the time that you pulled your taser while I was hands on with someone. I’m going to miss you brother. I’ll lift your weights for you from now on.

Always your guy,
Shepherd

Dawn Burkhart

November 24, 2021

Thank you Barksdale for reminding me that there are still real genuine people in the world. I will forever treasure the time I was able to work with you. You are going to be missed very much. Until we meet again friend.

Love,
Dawn Burkhart

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