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Wednesday, January 01 2020
Bernard Barker

Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes, Inc. AT 04:30 pm   |  Permalink   |  18 Comments  |  Email
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Sad day. I will miss my baseball (and basketball) buddy. My thoughts are of him and his family. Dennis Thompson
Posted by Dennis Thompson on 01/03/2020 - 06:04 PM
Lynn, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Doug Tuck on 01/03/2020 - 06:56 PM
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with y'all!
Posted by Audra Bing & Ashley on 01/03/2020 - 08:57 PM
Dear Jason Lynn & family. We are so sad to hear of Bernie's passing. He was a dear friend with a heart of gold. He will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Dave & Dale
Posted by Dave & Dale Antonevich on 01/04/2020 - 10:05 PM
Lynn, I was so sorry to hear about Bernard, he was such a good person, I really enjoyed the few times we were together talking about UVA sports. I know he will be missed by everyone that knew him, take care and we miss you!
Posted by Love, Judy Spencer on 01/05/2020 - 11:15 AM
I pray that God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time! He will also give you strength in the coming days. I know because He has done so for me!
Posted by Diane Clark on 01/05/2020 - 01:53 PM
RIP BERNIE ANOTHER GREAT MAN AND BALL PLAYER GONE TOO SOON!
Posted by Curtis Neal on 01/05/2020 - 04:04 PM
Lynn fond memories from our Central days. So sorry for you loss. Remember Bernard from Kenbridge all the way through Central Certainly remember his talent on baseball field Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family Thomas 1969
Posted by Thomas and Cynthia Smith on 01/05/2020 - 06:03 PM
Lynn, sorry to hear of Bernards passing. He was a good friend and a great baseball team mate. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Posted by Clint Smith on 01/05/2020 - 06:28 PM
We extend our sincere sympathy to his family. May God be with each of you in the months ahead without him.
Posted by Barbara & Bill Hudson on 01/05/2020 - 08:00 PM
Another fine Christian man has left our midst, but I remember fondly having the privilege of knowing him in high school. So talented in sports and so congenial off and on the baseball field and basketball court. Our sympathy to Lynn and families for your loss. Most sincerely, Nancy and Everett Pennington
Posted by Nancy A. Pennington on 01/06/2020 - 11:29 AM
Another fine Christian man has left our midst, but I remember fondly having the privilege of knowing him in high school. So talented in sports and so congenial off and on the baseball field and basketball court. Our sympathy to Lynn and families for your loss. Most sincerely, Nancy and Everett Pennington
Posted by Nancy A. Pennington on 01/06/2020 - 11:31 AM
Another fine Christian man has left our midst, but I remember fondly having the privilege of knowing him in high school. So talented in sports and so congenial off and on the baseball field and basketball court. Our sympathy to Lynn and families for your loss. Most sincerely, Nancy and Everett Pennington
Posted by Nancy A. Pennington on 01/06/2020 - 11:34 AM
Another wonderful Christian man gone too soon. I have fond memories of Bernard in high school as he excelled in baseball and basketball as well as academics He was a true gentleman both on and off the baseball field and basketball court. Always congenial to everyone. Our sympathies to Lynn and families. Prayers for strength & peace! Most sincerely, Nancy and Everett Pennington
Posted by Nancy A. Pennington on 01/06/2020 - 11:59 AM
Am very sorry to hear of Bernard's passing . Wish all his family my Deepest Sympathy. I remember him Well at his DMV DAYS....
Posted by John S. Osborne on 01/06/2020 - 04:59 PM
LYNN, So saddened to learn of Bernard's passing. Have fond memories of Mike and Bernard and their "Conversations" at Food Lion. May you and family find comfort through our Heavenly Father and knowing that others have you all in their prayers and thoughts.
Posted by Michael and Katherine Arthur on 01/06/2020 - 06:03 PM
Lynn, So sorry to hear of Bernard's passing. He was always so kind to everyone. I will never forget Bernard's awesome pitching performance in the 1967 district championship game and all the other games that he pitched us to victory. My prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Roger Rickman on 01/10/2020 - 09:35 AM
I wish we had the words to express just how sorry we are about Bernard's passing. He was and will always be remembered as a good man who loved his family dearly. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Tom, Kathleen, and Piper Gill on 01/12/2020 - 05:06 PM

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BARKER, Bernard Smith “Bernie”, 70, passed away on December 31, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born October 10, 1949 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, he attended Central of Lunenburg (Class of 1968) and graduated from Danville Community College 1970. He was an active member of Holly Ridge Christian Church in Mechanicsville, VA where he served as deacon and member of the Buildings and Grounds, Membership, and Worship committees. Bernard later attended Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville, VA before moving to Midlothian, VA. He made his ultimate home in Victoria, VA, where he served on the Board of Trustees for the Lunenburg Public Library and the board of the Lunenburg Country Club. These years in Victoria were spent alongside his wife Lynn, with whom he shared many dances, laughs, and adventures. One of six children, Bernard learned early on the value of diligence, teamwork, humility, self-discipline, and generosity; virtues that he would personify throughout his life. In high school, he balanced both academics and sports, especially on the baseball mound with a historic pitching performance in the 1967 District Championship final game, leading the Chargers to victory over Park View High School. Bernard was also loyal and persistent. He devoted 39 years of service to the VA DMV, beginning as an entry level employee and progressing to the Director of Facilities Services and Planning. He exhibited pride only in the accomplishments of others and helped facilitate their success through positivity and continued encouragement. This held true not only in his work for the DMV but also toward his friends and family. Bernard’s love for those around was obvious. Outside of work, Bernard was a mentor to the Boy Scout Troop 535 and participated in events with his son, Jason. Bernard will be remembered for his service to DMV, his active involvement in community, and his famously deep passion for all things related to University of Virginia sports. Bernard was predeceased by his parents, Aubrey Lee Barker and Virginia Smith Barker. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 12 years, Lynn Hurt Barker; son, Jason Christopher Barker; daughter, Erin Hurt Sapienza; son-in-law, Paul Sapienza; son, Joseph Edward Hurt, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Hurt and granddaughter, Mattie Windsor Hurt. His siblings include Jamie Barker; Claude Barker and wife, Jean; Dennis Barker and wife, Sandra; Imogene Bishop and husband, Tom, and Lovelene Clary. The family will receive friends at the home at all times. A service to honor Bernard will be held at Victoria Baptist Church, 1423 Eighth Street, Victoria, VA 23974 on Friday, January 10, 2020. Visitation will be at 12:00 noon with the service to follow at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Victoria Public Library, PO Box 1422, Victoria, Va. 23974 or the Lunenburg County Animal Shelter, Courthouse Square, Lunenburg, VA 23952

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