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.
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Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements