Robert "Bob"'s Story

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Pastor Robert "Bob" Lee Barker Jr., 62, of Fairmont, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday (May 20, 2016). He put his faith and trust in Jesus on Nov. 10, 1974.
Pastor Bob was born and raised in Parkersburg on July 20, 1953, a son of Zella (Hudkins) Barker of Parkersburg and the late Robert Lee Barker Sr.
Pastor Bob, as he is affectionately known, was the founder and only pastor of Victory Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and was a soul winner. He was a proud husband, father and grandfather. He is known for his heart and love for missions. He loved his church and his church family.
His passions included motorcycle riding, teaching and mentoring young preachers. He was a graduate of Parkersburg South High School. He graduated in 1979, with a B.A. Degree in Theology from Baptist University of America in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1983, Victory Baptist Church became a fully constituted church and he was elected the first pastor of Victory Baptist.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rose Barker; a son, Nathan and his wife Amanda and their four children, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Brandon Barker of Oliver Springs, Tennessee; a son, Joshua Barker of Oliver Springs, Tennessee; a daughter, Anna Fisher and her husband Aaron and their three children, Annalise, Alex and Abigail of Lancaster California; a son, Jonathan Barker and his wife Chelsi and their four children, Lucas, Isaac, Samuel and Rebekah of Rockwood, Tennessee.
Also surviving are three brothers, Keith Barker and his wife Sharon of Parkersburg, Kevin Barker and his wife Cynthia of Parkersburg, and Timothy Barker and his wife Cathy of Parkersburg; a sister, Rebecca Malm and her husband Ronnie of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and his wonderful church family at Victory Baptist Church.
In addition to his father, Pastor Bob was preceded in death by two grandsons, Matthew and Micah Barker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 1885 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554, for the benefit of Faith Promise Missions.
Friends and family may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday, 1-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Victory Baptist Church, 1885 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Pastor Bob's sons, Nathan and Jonathan Barker, officiating, assisted by Pastors Garvan Walls, Pat Tanner and David Meyer.
Online condolences: www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on May 21, 2016
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