Raymond Lamar Barker Sr. age 89 died Friday, October 16, 2020, at his residence in Starkville. Graveside services with U.S. Air Force Honors will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Friendship Cemetery with Rev Jim Genesse officiating. Mr. Barker was born on Friday, February 13, 1931, in Derma, MS to the late Granville H. and Willie Ree Foster Barker. He received his Eagle Scout at the age of 15. Mr. Barker graduated from Mississippi State University in 1951 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While attending MSU he was a member of the ROTC, then entered the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed at Keesler AFB, then transferred to Albuquerque, NM where he served in special weapons. Mr. Barker led a full life, he was a member of the Lionís Club, a Mason, and Commanding Officer of the Mississippi National Guard. He was the City Engineer for the City of Tunica until retired in Starkville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Haley Barker. Survivors include his wife, Faye Woolbright Barker Starkville MS; sons, Granville Eugene Barker (Delise) and Raymond Lamar Barker, Jr.; daughter, Debbie Barker Montgomery (Glenn); grandchildren, Bobby G. Dover (Katie), Dawn Dover Estrada, Sydney Massey (Michael), Benjamin Parish Barker, Abigail Jewell Barker, Raymond Lamar Barker, III and Jane Iris Barker; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Estrada (Erin), Piper Massey, Tucker Massey, Jaxsun Barker and Noah Barker; great-greatgrandchildren, Madilynn Jo Estrada and Emma Cole Estrada; and sister, Mrs. William Parker. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38101 or First United Methodist Church of Starkville, 200 W. Lampkin Street, Starkville, MS 39759.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on October 17, 2020
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