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John C. "Jay" Barker

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John C. "Jay" Barker

NEWARK: A memorial service celebrating the life of John C. "Jay" Barker, will be held at 2pm, on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Second Presbyterian Church, 42 E. Church Street in Newark, with Reverend Charles Smith and Reverend Karen Chakion officiating. Private interment services and burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Friends and family may call from 4-8pm on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st street in Newark.

Mr. Barker, age 50, of Granville, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Center, operated by Hospice of Central Ohio, surrounded by his family. He was born June 28, 1963, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, a son of the late Johnny and Willene (Mathis) Barker. A 1981 graduate of Newark High School, Mr. Barker graduated from Central Ohio Technical College and in December 2013, from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. A lifelong banker, he was currently vice president of correspondent banking with Comerica Bank.

Always active in community affairs, Mr. Barker was currently the president of the Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee, where he had served for many years. He also served on the committee for the Licking County Senior Levy, COTC Alumni Board, Operation Roundup Board, the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society, was active in the Newark-Heath Rotary and had been a past president of the National Heisey Glass Museum. He was a member of the Ohio Bankers League, First Presbyterian Church in Granville and attended the Second Presbyterian Church in Newark.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Beth A. (Ourant) Barker, whom he married May 28, 1988; a son Spencer A. Barker of Granville; his mother-in-law, Mary L. Ourant of Granville; brothers-in-law, Mark (Cindy) Ourant of Charlotte, NC, Patrick (Lori) Ourant of Newark, Andy (Becky) Ourant of Adamstown, PA; an uncle, Verlin Mathis of Newark; many nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, William Clifford, Tim (Marianne) Bubb, Jim (Nancy) Johnson, Jim (Becky) Sarosy and his beloved dog, "Elvis".

As a special memorial to Jay Barker, his family is announcing a community project in conjunction with the Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee. A fund has been created to accept donations for a "Jay Barker Memorial Bell Carillon Project". The system will be installed in the tower of the historic 1876 County Courthouse. This bell chime carillon system will be a permanent source of beautiful music at Christmas time, which was a season that meant so much to Jay as the longtime Courthouse Christmas Lighting Committee President. This legacy 'Carillon sound system' would also be used on other holidays and at special times throughout the year. Contributions to the "Jay Barker Memorial Carillon Fund" may be sent to Courthouse Carillon Fund, Post Office Box 292, Newark, Ohio 43058-0292. Contributions will be tax deductible.

The Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home in Newark is honored to serve the Barker family, to sign an online guest book, please visit


Published in the Advocate from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2014
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