Barry Lane Locke 74, of Shinnston, passed away Thursday (March 1, 2018) at the Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was born Oct. 8, 1943 in Fairmont, a son of the late William and Sylvia Hickman Locke. Also deceased is his brother, Robin Locke.
Barry is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Locke; his sisters, Linda Locke of Katy, Nancy Zicafoose of Katy, Karen Thorne and her husband Travis of Gladwin, Michigan; his stepchildren, Ronald Vincent and his wife Rhonda of Bridgeport and Michael Vincent and his wife Cassia of Akron, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his step-grandchildren, Alec Vincent, Morgan Vincent, Emily Vincent, Ashton Urling, Madison Vincent and step-great-grandchild Bronson Vincent.
Barry graduated with a BS degree from Fairmont State College, received a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctorate degree from West Virginia University. Barry Retired from WVU School of Social Work after 37 years. During this time he served the school as BSW program chair, assistant chair, interim dean chair and director of the program, but he enjoyed teaching in the classroom the most. He was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the National Rural Social Work Caucus. He holds a seat on the National Rural Social Work Caucus. Barry is also a ranking member of the West Virginia Chapter of NASW, the West Virginia Human Services association, the Family Service Association for Harrison and Marion Counties, In Touch and Concerned Inc., an adult protection program in the region, and he received a certificate of sincere appreciation from WVU Extension Services Visiting Committee and was named a Distinguished West Virginian by Gov. Joseph Manchin.
When Barry retired, he was surprised with a retirement party in Charleston, with his family, co-workers and special friends present. A favorite memory was being invited to Korea and Japan to address university classes there.
Barry loved living in Shinnston with his wife Barb. He especially loved the way all of the different churches in Shinnston worked together to form the Lord's Pantry, and Barry was one of the founding members of the board. He also served as councilman of second ward, and along with the park commission, Woody Maley, and Elias Stark worked with the Bice-Ferguson family to make the city park and the Shinnston Museum a reality. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church Shinnston and held several offices and loved the Bible study groups. He considered the church part of his family.
Friends will be received from 3-8 p.m. today at the Harmer funeral home in Shinnston. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Shinnston with Rev. Cindy Boggs officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Memorial Mausoleum.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.harmerfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 1, 2018