Charles Andrew "Chuck" Barker, age 66, of Pence Springs, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, near Alderson, W.Va., following a tragic motor vehicle accident.
Born February 1, 1951, at Forest Hill, W.Va., he was the son of Nita Haynes Hilarides of Sonora, Calif., and the late Charles Junior Barker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Betty Tilley Barker; a stepbrother, Gary "Bo" Swanson; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank E. Coiner Jr., and Helen Wickline Coiner.
Mr. Barker was a retired general foreman, having retired on April 30, 2001, from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Alderson, W.Va., after 22 years of service. Prior to his employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was a heavy equipment operator and former welder for West Virginia Pipeline, Princeton, W.Va. He was also the former maintenance supervisor at Greenbrier Academy for Girls at Pence Springs, W.Va., from 2006-2011 and was currently the owner and operator of Barker Landscaping in Pence Springs, W.Va. Mr. Barker was a 1969 graduate of Talcott High School in Talcott, W.Va., and proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era from September 22, 1969, to September 21, 1971. He entered Vietnam as part of the largest operation during the war on the Laos Cambodia border. He served two tours in Vietnam, first with the First Marine Division, Seventh Marines Delta, and then transferred to the First Marine Division, Fifth Marines Delta Company. He was wounded in combat and was the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. He was also awarded with the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. Mr. Barker was a member of the Pence Springs Community Church, Pence Springs, W.Va., where he served as a trustee of the church, was a member of the church choir, and was a former Sunday school superintendent. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and was a member of Tri County Memorial VFW Post 6723, Alderson, W.Va. He loved hunting, woodworking, taking care of his farm and running his heavy equipment. He also especially enjoyed being the owner and caretaker of Valley View Farm Rabbitry. But above all, Mr. Barker loved to spend time with his family, especially his granddaughter Lauren, who was very special to him.
Survivors include his loving wife and best friend of 46 years, Anna Virginia Coiner Barker of Pence Springs, W.Va.; his daughter, Christi Jenelle Barker Kubecki and her husband, Brian, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his granddaughter, Lauren Brianna Kubecki of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his mother, Nita Haynes Hilarides and her husband, Lee, of Sonora, Calif.; his sister, Janet C. Wood and her husband, Mike, of Cobb, Ga.; three half-brothers, Steve Barker and his wife, Vicki, of Forest Hill, W.Va., Randy Barker and his wife, Teresa, of Forest Hill, W.Va., and Roland Hilarides and his wife, Robin, of Groveland, Calif.; one half-sister, Kathy Niedens and her husband, Ed, of Groveland, Calif.; one stepsister, Susie Williams of Hinton, W.Va.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Vena Persinger of Pence Springs, W.Va.; friend and brother-in-arms, Woody Malcolm of Mannington, W.Va.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at the Pence Springs Community Church, Pence Springs, W.Va., with the Rev. Roger Persinger and Eddie Biggers officiating. Burial will follow at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Pence Springs, W.Va., with full military graveside rites conducted by the United States Marine Corps. Friends may call Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pence Springs Community Church, Pence Springs, W.Va.
Serving as pallbearers will be Brian Kubecki, Mark Persinger, Paul Canterbury, Thom Johnson, Elden Dotson, Bob Cales, Bill Humphrey, and Woody Malcolm.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be David Willey, Steve Humphrey, Dave Humphrey, Dale Hedrick, and retirees of Alderson FPC.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.
Published on July 14, 2017