William C. "Bill" Barker, 67, of Inverness, Fla., passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Hospice of Citrus County in Inverness.
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He was born April 4, 1945, in Gainesville, Fla., to the late Roy C. and Mary Edna (Slade) Barker. Bill was a construction contractor and designer, and arrived in this area in 2003, coming from Canon City, Colo., where he was a volunteer with Colorado Habitat for Humanity. He was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam-era veteran. Bill was a member of Redemption Christian Church in Inverness. He was a loving husband, father and friend who enjoyed rebuilding his home and working with his hands.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Finch. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty. Other survivors include one son, William C. (Deborah) Barker Jr. of Inverness; one daughter, Susan N. (Marvin) Gifford of Peggs, Okla.; two grandchildren, Daniel Joseph and Madeline Nicole Gifford; one sister, Peggy Lanton; special cousin, R.C. Barker; and many extended family members.
At Bill's request, there will be no services scheduled. His urn will be placed at Fairview Cemetery in Burlington, Colo., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Private arrangements are under the care Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2012