On July 23, a half-day after the last of his beloved family had made it to his bedside, Edmund Asa (Eddie) Barker left this life he so loved. Born Aug 18, 1927, Eddie (a.k.a. Lamb, Dad, Dadaw, Grandpa, Gramps, G'pa) was the adored only child of Edmund Asa Sr. and Nannie Mae Meek. His mother saved her hard-earned money to give him "elocution lessons," paving the way for his career at KRLD Radio & Channel 4. There, he helped mold fledgling reporters & took chances on people who turned out to be masters in the field. He interviewed the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Marina Oswald, and a convicted airplane bomber. Dad was never without a poem; each of his children and grandchildren know by heart one of his favorites, "The Cremation of Sam McGee." He loved his family, his work, poetry, orange juice, hard news, politics, Mr. Goodbars, guacamole, dogs, stories, thunderstorms, strangers. He took pride in teaching kids & grandkids to drive, making chili, creating omelets and, of course, knowing he was the first to announce that JFK was dead. We miss him terribly -- his voice, his cooking, his funny facial express-ions, his three most oft-used words: "I love you." He's survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane; by children Allan Barker; Susan and Carlos Munguia; Leslie Barker and Juan Garcia; Ben and Meg Barker; Jeanne and David Wilgus. His grandchildren are Paul, Ben (wife Lauren), Julie & Christian Munguia; Charlie Garcia; Jack, Sam, Claire Wilgus; Laura Wilgus Reese (husband Eli Reese IV); great-grandchild, Eli Reese V. Utmost appreciation to Dr. Paul Greenberg, Dr. Brian Le, Dr. Charles Levin, and everyone at Tree-mont Healthcare. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Memorials may be made to FPC Stewpot or beaconmission.com in Dunn, NC.
Published in Dallas Morning News on July 25, 2012