Rev. Bob Barker Jr.

Rev. Bob Barker, Jr.


Services for Rev. Bob Barker Jr. will be held Thursday, at 3 p.m., at Central Baptist Church in Meridian, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Barker, 72, of Meridian, died March 4, 2013, at his home in Meridian. He was born on June 29, 1940, in Mobile. He earned degrees from Vigor High School in Mobile, Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent the greater part of his adult life in ministry, as a pastor, evangelist and lay preacher. He was a gifted orator and preacher of the Word, and thousands came to faith throughout his ministerial career.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Meridian and was an alumni initiate of the Theta Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Survivors include his wife, of 34 years, Cindy Barker; two sons: Bob Barker III (Tracey) of Birmingham, Ala., and Toby Barker (Kate) of Hattiesburg; four daughters: Leigh Ann Coleman of Frederick, Md., Julia Lance (Alan) of Atlanta, Ga., Melody Mercer (Scott) of Brandon, and Dr. Andi Barker of Jackson; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bob Barker Sr. of Chickasaw, Ala.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church (designate to "Eula Gordon Scholarship") or to the Community Foundation of East Mississippi (designate to "Bob Barker Jr. Seminary Scholarship Fund").

Published in the Hattiesburg American on Mar. 7, 2013