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William "Bill" Worth Barker Jr.

March 7, 1939 ~ August 24, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old


William Worth (Bill) Barker Jr.
84 years old
Of Blowing Rock NC
Passed peacefully at Deerfield Ridge on Thursday, August 24,2023 in Boone NC.
Born March 7, 1939 in Welch, WV to William Worth and Louise Nester Barker
Bill graduated from Welch High School and attended West Virginia University.
After serving 4 years in the US Air Force, he was discharged in Winston-Salem,
where he began working for Krispy Kreme. He was an original hire of IBM when
they opened in Research Triangle Park, NC. After moving to Durham and later
Chapel Hill he had an almost 3 decade career with IBM, before retiring in 1992 as
a Computer Chip design Engineer.
Upon retiring he moved to Sparta, NC, where he was a member of Sparta UMC
and a board member of the non profit, Alleghany Cares. He remained until
moving to Blowing Rock in 2019.
His hobbies included fishing, golf, gardening and following his beloved West
Virginia Mountaineers. He liked to travel, especially the NC coast and his beloved
West Virginia mountains. He was always up for a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
He is survived by:
His wife and true love of 62 years, Margret Campbell Barker of the home.
Son David Barker, of Blowing Rock
Daughter Jennifer Barker Stewart and husband John Stewart of Matthews NC
Grand Children (two sets of twins)
Suzy Barker Greene and husband Jack Greene Boone NC
Jackson Barker Dillion CO
Michael Stewart Charlotte NC
Taylor Stewart Charlotte NC
Preceded by his parents

There will be a private service at Sparta United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank his care providers at
Watauga Medical Center
Deerfield Ridge
Medi Home Hospice
He was treated with such respect, care and love during the last month of his life
by these professionals. We hope they remember his grin and think of him when
“Take me home Country Roads” is played. For “Mr. Bill” it was more than a song,
it was a Hymn.

In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made in William Barkers name, to
Hospice Care Charity
400 Shadowline Drive
Suite 102
Boone NC 28607

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