John Edward Jack Barker

Published 3:12 pm Friday, July 2, 2010

John Edward Jack Barker, 74, of Denton Street, Columbus, died Thursday, July 1, 2010 in the Smith Phayer Hospice House, Landrum.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of late Edward John and Mildred Elizabeth Jackson Barker. Jack was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, class of l958. He moved to Columbus in 1999 after retiring from National Miniature Bearings Corp., Coppell, Texas.

Surviving are: three sons, Jeff Barker (Marina) of Weston, Conn.; Jay Barker (Michelle) Spartanburg, S.C.; Jon Barker (Anne) of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Julie Brown (Mark) of Columbia, S.C. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Lydia, Claire and Marissa Brown, Jacy, Bryce, Justin, Bethany, and Mollie Barker and Grace Compton.

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Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, with Pastor Robbie McAlister officiating.

Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus.

Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday just prior to the service in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, N.C. 28722.

An on-line guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.