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Patricia Ann Barker

December 9, 1959 - June 29, 2021

Patricia Ann Barker, 61, of Roanoke Virginia passed away Tuesday June 29, 2021, at home. Born December 9, 1959, she was the daughter of Shirley Barker of Roanoke and the late Billy R. Barker. She was a 1978 graduate of Welch High School in Welch WV and a 1982 graduate of Concord University in Athens, WV. Patricia has been a lifelong resident of Welch WV and had only recently moved to the Roanoke area to be cared for by her sister after suffering from a stroke.

Patricia had devoted her life to God and her family. While living in Welch she served as pastor for several of the small community churches, a substitute teacher with the McDowell County school System, and previously had her own bookkeeping business, Data Development, Inc. She delighted in her work with the churches weather it was working with a mission, the community or with the youth in the area and tried to make a difference in their lives.

Left to cherish her loving memory are her mother, Shirley J. Barker; her sister and caregiver, Melissa A. Neel, and husband Everette; her brother, Timothy “Tim” Barker of Beckley, WV; her nephew, Derrick A. Stinson, and companion Rebecca Taylor all of the home (Roanoke VA). Her nieces, Sherrie Marie Belt, and husband Dustin of Welch WV; Brandy Barker and companion Justin Smith of Davy WV; Heather Marie Burks of Lancaster, SC. Her loving and special uncles William R. Southard and wife Anita of Stafford VA and C.I. “Bud” Southard and wife Carolyn of Carson City, NV along with several great nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held at the First Welch United Methodist Church on Saturday July 10, 2021, at 1 pm with Pastor Olen Winfree delivering the eulogy. To send condolences online please visit tharpufuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Roanoke, VA is assisting the family.

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My deepest condolences on your loss. Pat was a wonderful Christian person. She was very giving to the Methodist church . She was a wonderful cook. My prayers for your family.

Posted by CAROLE J. ARNOLD on July 13, 2021

Special person! My deepest sympathy to the family. I am sorry for your loss. I was humbled to have worked with Pat years ago as founding members of the former McDowell Mission, a mission project of the United Methodist Church; Pat was our organizing treasurer and continued for years to give financial guidance, etc. I was also privileged to have had her in class for the UMC Course of Study; she was a wonderful student. I loved her spirit, humor, and dedication. May God grant her peace. May God strengthen those who keep her close in memories. Dr. Bill Wilson, retired UMC DS & Assistant to the Bishop, Huntington WV.

Posted by Rev Dr BillWilson on July 6, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time of grief and sorrow.

Posted by Melissa Sabo on July 4, 2021

Our heart will always hold you close. You will be a great loss to us and those who love you. Will always look out for your mom, sister and brother and the ones you love, Rest in peace with our Lord.

Posted by William & Anita Southard on July 2, 2021

So very sorry to hear about your loss. Patty was a special person and true example of how a Christian should be toward others. Always a smile and happy to see everyone. Prayers for Shirley and family.

Posted by Fred and Mary Lou Odum on July 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Patty. My deepest sympathy to the family. Such a wonderful and kind person. RIP.

Posted by Robin A Lee on July 2, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Patty’s family. She will be sadly missed by so many. She was a wonderful lady.

Posted by Donna Green Baker on July 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Patricia knew her a long time friend from hemphill prayers for all the family.

Posted by Delores Harman on July 1, 2021

Patty was one of the best people I have ever known. She loved God, family and others. She left memories that will never be forgotten.

Posted by Gail Wallace-Gregory on July 1, 2021

Patty was one of the best people I have ever known. She loved God, family and others. She left memories that will never be forgotten.

Posted by Gail Wallace-Gregory on July 1, 2021

She was always so caring and sweet sweet soul. She was always saying kind words to whoever she met along her journey

Posted by The Reece family on July 1, 2021

pat was such a wonderful human being and such a sweet soul! she would always have us laughing in youth group, with making crafts eating , praying, all of it ! she will definitely be missed !

Posted by makayla on July 1, 2021

Patty was a warm and enthusiastic sorority sister from my college days. I see that she went on to do many good things. Not surprised. Enjoy eternity, Sis.

Posted by Laura Reichenbaugh on July 1, 2021

Patricia(patty) was an amazing person and loved by all.i will always remember her being our youth leader and our skating adventures in princeton, may she rest in peace

Posted by Lynda Hurt Slaydon on July 1, 2021

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