Charles D. Barker, Sr.
February 12, 2014
Charles David Barker, Sr, 84, of Fort Myers, FL has died in his home due to long term health problems on February 12, 2014.
Charlie was born on July 26, 1929 in Lumberton, NC to the late Nellie and Charlie Barker. He grew up on a tobacco farm. Charlie, known as David while he was growing up, loved to play sports and excelled at basketball, when he did not have to work on the farm. He left the farm to go to Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. However, due to the Korean War, Charlie enlisted in the Air Force just prior to graduation.
He spent the next 21 years in the Air Force, completing his college degree and becoming an officer. As a navigator he flew in many different types of planes, including fighter jets and the SR-71. He met his wife while in the Air Force and they had one son and one daughter. He and his family proceeded to live in over 20 different places, including Spain. . He did a year tour in the Vietnam War and earned a Bronze Star for his bravery. After 21 years, Charles retired from the Air Force at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After retirement, Charles and his family settled in Kernersville, NC. He continued his adventures trying several other types of careers. He owned a hardware store in Jamestown, NC, followed by several other jobs involving accounting. Just prior to his second retirement, he was in Commercial real estate. In 1997, he and Jane moved to Fort Myers, Florida to be closer to his children.
While in Fort Myers he became a very active member of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his grandchildren and was very active in his community.
Charlie is survived by his son, C. David Barker, Jr., and his wife, Mary Barker, his daughter, Sue LeBlanc and her husband Bob LeBlanc, his grandchildren, Sara Barker, Lindy LeBlanc and Sean LeBlanc, his brother, Tom Barker and his wife Christine Barker, and his nephew, William Barker and his family.
He is predeceased by his wife Jane Barker who died January, 2012.
Graveside services for Charlie will be March 7, 2014 at 12:30pm at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, FL 33913
This will be followed by a Memorial Service at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church at 2:00pm with a small reception to follow.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Hope Hospice, Heavenly Helpers and the staff at Emeritus at the Lakes for their care and compassion. Donations may be made in Charlie's name to Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919.
Hodges Funeral Home At Lee Memorial Park
12777 State Road 82 Fort Myers, FL 33913
Published in The News-Press on Feb. 28, 2014