Everett A. Barker
June 7, 1924 - September 21, 2018
On Friday September 21, 2018 Everett A. Barker husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather peacefully and quickly passed away to his heavenly home at 94 years of age. He and his wife were married for 69 years.
Everett will be forever remembered by his wife Mildred and their precious daughters Bonnie (Byron), Carol (Tim), Sandi (Don). Everett will also be fondly remembered by his 6 grandchildren, Jamie, Jason, TJ, Stephanie, Katelyn and Emily and 5 great grandchildren McKenna, Zeke, Declan, Elsie, and Kinley. They brought great joy to the couple.
Everett was born in Union City, N.J. in 1924 to Oliver and Mary Barker. He had two siblings, one brother Oliver and sister Miriam, both deceased. He grew up in Cliffside Park, N.J. and graduated from high school in 1942. When WWII started he was 17 but was anxious to take part in it and attended the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point Long Island as a Third Mate and travelled all the oceans of the world.
After the war, he felt the call of God and attended Bob Jones University and New York Theological Seminary to obtain his master of divinity in 1956. He pastored churches in New Jersey, Salem, OR at Bethel Baptist Church now West Hills Community, and in Lorraine, KS and 12 years with North American Baptist headquarters in Oak Brook, IL. He traveled to hundreds of churches in the U.S. and Canada. After retiring from the ministry he continued to use his talents and experience as a Certified Financial Planner.
In 1986 the couple moved to Salem, OR to be near family and joined First Baptist Church where they served the Lord in various positions. His hobbies were cars, boats and he loved sailing the lakes and oceans. He also kept up on all current events political and financial. He enjoyed reading and debating on any subject.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Capital Manor on Saturday September 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations to First Baptist Church https://www.fbcsalem.org/ building fund or Focus on the Family.
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