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Marvin R. Barker, Jr.
Date of Birth : March 14, 1947
Date of Death : September 29, 2018

Marvin R. Barker, Jr. was born on March 14, 1947 and passed away at 71 years of age on September 29, 2018. He was the first son to Marvin Ray Barker and Bernice Barker, born in Charleston, West Virginia, grew up in the city and graduated from Charleston High School.

Joe enlisted in the US Air Force after high school and was sent overseas to support efforts in Southeast Asia. He came back to Charleston where he went to Morris Harvey and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He later graduated from University of Charleston with a degree in Computer Programming.

Joe met Linda Farley while delivering newspapers in Marmet, WV, during his studies at Morris Harvey. They married and have 3 children.

Joe was known around Charleston and the state of West Virginia for many years as an area chess champion, winning numerous chess tournaments over a number of decades. He was an active member in the Charleston Chess Club and enjoyed reading and studying chess in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Charleston; and his three children, Melanie Barker Earehart of Martinsburg, WV, Robert A. Barker of Charleston, and James B. Barker of Huntington. He is also survived by his brother, Robert F. Barker of Cary, NC.; and grandchildren, Trey, Emily, and Drew Earehart and Alexander Barker.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1pm at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home. Funeral service to follow at 2pm with Pastor Darick Biondi officiating.

You may send condolences to the family at: www.barlowbonsall.com

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements

Condolences

Benjamin Good , Posted on 03 Oct 2018
Flemington, West Virginia
We are sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. We will miss him at our tournaments.
Beth Moore , Posted on 03 Oct 2018
, Alabama
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Marvin. May the following words help to comfort your broken heart. Hosea 13:14 \"From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them.\" Yes this promises gives us a reassuring hope that we will see our dear loved ones again. Not only does God promise to resurrect them but we see from that verse that he is eager to do so. I hope this can bring you much comfort during this difficult time.
Steve Carver , Posted on 05 Oct 2018
Charleston , West Virginia
Bob, So sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and always. We would be there to support you but our manning does not permit that at this time. Your family at the Fire Department. Blessings Chief Carver The Fire Department.
Steven Carver , Posted on 05 Oct 2018
Charleston, West Virginia
Bob, So sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and always. We would be there to support you but our manning does not permit that at this time. Your family at the Fire Department. Blessings Chief Carver The Fire Department.
George G. Guthrie , Posted on 05 Oct 2018
Charleston, West Virginia
To the Family of Marvin R. Barker, Jr. Dear Linda and Children of Joe Barker, Nancy and I were saddened to learn of the recent passing of your husband and father. As Linda knows, I had known Joe for many years prior to his passing. I was constantly amazed at the variety of his interests and his accomplishments even though they were often no more than hobbies, as opposed to vocations. In addition, I had often “threatened” your father with mayhem in the event he did not take good care of Linda, one of the nicest people I have ever had the opportunity to know during my lifetime. I trust that you will continue to take care of your mother and if I can ever do anything for Linda, please do not hesitate to contact me. With sad personal regards, George G. Guthrie
Scott MacDiarmid , Posted on 07 Oct 2018
Charleston, West Virginia
So long Joe, thanks for letting me win a few...