August 17, 1952 - March 9, 2018
Big Stone Gap, VA Garner Allen Barker, 65, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home. Garner was born August 17, 1952 to Julia and Elhanan Barker. He was a 1972 graduate of Powell Valley High School. He married his loving wife, Cathy, on November 7, 1973. Garner was a former employee of Westmoreland Coal Co. and a recent retiree from Arch Coal. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. District #17, Local #1607. He served on the Big Stone Gap Fire Dept. for 27 years. Garner was also a member of the Big Stone Gap Masonic Lodge #208 AF & AM, Wise County Shrine Club and the Jericho Temple. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; son, Clint Barker of Fairview, VA; his grandson, Clay Barker; his brother, James “Buddy” Barker and wife, Linda, all of Big Stone Gap; his sister, Marcella Garrison of Rogersville, TN; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church in the Crackers Neck community. A masonic service, conducted by the Big Stone Gap Masonic Lodge #208 AF & AM will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday in the church sanctuary. The funeral service will follow with Adam Swinney officiating and James Kincer reading a poem. Bagpipes will be provided by the Jericho Temple Highlanders. Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverview Cemetery in East Stone Gap, VA with Evangelist Buddy Wilson and the Big Stone Gap Fire Department officiating. Family and friends will meet at the church by 12:30 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Eddie Barnette, Tony Bartone, Robby Chandler, Charlie Culbertson, Jim Davis and Gary Johnson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or the Jericho Transportation Fund, c/o Jericho Temple, P. O. Box 5548, Kingsport, TN 37663. To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.holdingfuneralhome.com. Holding Funeral Home is serving the Barker family.
Big Stone Gap, VA Garner Allen Barker, 65, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home. Garner was born August 17, 1952 to Julia and Elhanan Barker. He was a 1972 graduate of Powell Valley High School. He married his loving wife, Cathy,... View Obituary & Service Information
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