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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Monday June 27th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Monday June 27th, 2022

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Arthur Franklin Barker

Arthur Franklin Barker, 92, passed away peacefully on June 24th. “Barker” was born on January 14, 1930, in Henderson, NC, to the late Arthur Frazer Barker and Rowena Vernell Barker.


He was a gifted student who thrived in Roanoke Rapids and Marion schools.  As a very young man, he was fascinated by trains and spent much of his free time at the local train station shadowing the professionals and participating in many of their daily tasks, while learning the trade. 


At age 18, Barker enlisted in the Air force and served during the Korean War. Due to his advanced skills in Morse Code, he was placed in the intelligence division.  After his service, he was recruited by Southern Railway, where he took great pride in his ­­­­­­­­­­­­­42 years of service.  


He faithfully attended Growing Oaks Community Church and Calvary Baptist Church during his life in Reidsville. As an avid train collector, he had an extensive display of model trains, where he frequently shared time and brought delight to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents, “Barker” was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 32 years, Mary Hearp Ross and his sister, Violet Barker Burnette. He is survived by his daughter; Linda Barker, stepdaughter, Myra Moore (Van), stepson; John Ross and grandchildren Mandy Owen (Stephen), Molly Hicks (Brad), Sami Ross and JD Ross along with several great-grandchildren.


Additionally, we would like to thank the precious caregivers at Countryside Manor for the care and relentless commitment they provided in recent months. 


Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM at Wilkerson Chapel on ­­­Monday, June 27, 2022. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of his stepdaughter, Myra Moore ( 642 Miller Chapel Road). A private family internment will precede the service at Evergreen Memory Gardens. Wilkerson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilkersonfuneral.com

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So sorry to hear of Mr. Barker's passing! My thoughts & prayers 🙏🏻 are with his family & friends! As manager of Southern States, I dealt with Mr. Barker extensively in dealing with the many hopper rail cars we received & released on a regular basis. He was a consummate professional & so great to deal with. In many stressful situations, we never had a harsh word! When he retired & they moved our contact person, I missed him & his expertise dearly. In his later years would always stop & eat lunch with him @ Sanitary when our paths crossed! Such a Godly man, he now abides with his Lord & Savior! Take solace in that he led such a full life full of family & friends !

Mark Wood Jul 5 2022 9:41 PM

So sorry to hear this John Ross and Myra Moore. Prayers 🙏

Jan Bunton Tickle Jul 1 2022 3:13 PM

Beautiful service ❤️💙🙏🏼

Alice Jun 28 2022 9:53 AM

Myra & Family,
We have such fond memories of your dad & mom. They both were such a joy to be around & talk with. Our daughter, Julie DePriest, worked in the Activities Assistant at Countryside & remembered him from Community Baptist Church...& he remembered her! He is HOME with His heavenly Father & Mary & all the loved ones they knew! What rejoicing is going on! Praying for you & your family....He will be missed! Allow your Abba Father to meet your every need.
Buddy & Deedee Sawyers

Dolores T Sawyers Jun 27 2022 10:57 AM

Sinceriest condolances to Myra & all the family....🙏🙏🙏

Shirley Kay Strader Jun 26 2022 11:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Barker

Jan Jordan Jun 26 2022 11:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Barker

Lee Ann Zimmerman Jun 26 2022 9:49 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days. May our Lord give you strength and comfort.

Tony & Kimberly Moore Jun 26 2022 9:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Barker

Chuck and Debbie Roach Jun 26 2022 3:39 PM

With Sympathy,
Carol Adams

Carol Adams Jun 26 2022 2:33 PM

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