Willie James Barker, age 87 years 1 month 4 days, of West Liberty, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in the Edgewood Estates, Frenchburg, Kentucky, after a brief illness. He was born at Wrigley, Kentucky on August 12, 1931 to Wilmore and Mary Sue Adkins Barker. Willie was a retired laborer. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and digging ginseng. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his children, Marie Barker, Sherry Barker and Larry Barker, stepchildren, Reginale Payton, Emmitt Payton, Mary Payton. 2 grandchildren, Charlie Barker and Angie Daum, 2 step grandchildren, Joshua Payton and Amy Reeves. Brothers, Guy ,Wallace and Walter Barker, Sisters, Elva Perkins, Emma Whitt, Allie Caskey (Stewart), Verna Perry (Elmer).
Surviving is his wife of 45 years, Geneva Mae (Perry) Payton Barker, 2 daughters, Sharon & Jay Eldridge, Rita & Brian Harness, 2 step daughters, Aileen & Larry Perry, Eva & David Elliott, 2 stepsons, Robert & Coleen Payton, Buddy & Doshia Payton. Host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, family and his faithful companion Ladybug. Funeral services will be 11:30am, Friday September 28, 2018 at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel with Bro. Vernon Lewis and Bro. Johnny Dagnan officiating. Interment in the Perry & Payton Cemetery, Dry Branch Rd.,West Liberty, KY.
Visitation 6:00pm, Thursday at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home, West Liberty, KY. Pallbearers, Dean Ferguson, Davy Elliott, Wesley Payton, Aaron Wright, Randy Robinson and Mike Lowe.