Carl Eugene Barker, 78, of Avondale, died at 9:25 A.M. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Adams Lane Care Center. He was born June 12, 1935, in Zanesville, a son of the late Francis Marion and Jennie Jean Chapman Barker. He had worked for Rinkâ€™s Bargain City, Higgins Lumber, and Mock Woodworking. He was a member of the First Church of Nazarene, where he was known as the â€œCandy Manâ€. He loved to work with wood and to fix things. An ideal day for Carl would consist of working in his garage, a.k.a. â€œCarlâ€™s Tinker Shopâ€, and enjoying some ice cream. Carl always had a kind word for everyone, and could make a friend wherever he went.
Surviving are his wife Martha L. Moore Barker, whom he married May 5, 1956; a daughter Susan (Randy) Miller of Frazeysburg; two sons, Terry E. (Tammy) Barker of Zanesville, and Scott A. Barker of Avondale; six grandchildren, Jennifer Tullius, Toni Tullius, John Tullius, Talya (Cory) Insley, Tara (Shaun) Semran, and Kyle Barker; five great grandchildren, Rylee and Ryan Birkhimer, Kaitlyn and Kamryn Insley, and Karsyn Semran; two brothers, Ralph (LaVerne) Barker of Midland, TX, and George (Chris) Barker of Nashport; a sister Alice (Jim) Nesslineof Zanesville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis Barker and Francis Marion Jr. Barker; and two sisters, Katherine Jones and Thelma Wickham.
Friends and family may call from 5:00-8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the BOLIN-DIERKES FUNERAL HOME, 1271 BLUE AVENUE, ZANESVILLE, and one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, with Pastor Steve Dupler and Pastor Mark Dupler officiating. He will be laid to rest at Williams Cemetery, Zanesville.
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The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Adams Lane Care Center, who made the last two years of Carlâ€™s life comfortable. You are very much appreciated.