Jan. 19, 1954 Columbus Bartholomew County Indiana, USA
Columbus Evening Republican 19 Jan 1954 George Barkes, 67, Is Heart Victim Local Undertaker Dies Suddenly-Funeral Set Friday.
George W. Barkes, 67, Columbus undertaker, died suddenly this morning a few minutes after he had arrived at Barkes and Inlow Funeral home. He was alone at the home at the time. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
Mr. Barkes' body was found by Wally Inlow, an associate in the funeral firm, when Mr. Inlow arrived at the home shortly after 8 o'clock. The body was in front of a laboratory and Mr. Barkes apparently was stricken while brush-ing his teeth.
It was believed that death occurred about 7:45 o'clock. Mr. Barkes had heart trouble several years, but he had not been ill recently and was believed in generally good health.
A native of the Ogilville community, Mr. Barkes was widely known in both Bartholomew and Brown counties. For several years he was in the undertaking business in Nashville before returning to Columbus in 1941.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning at Barkes and Inlow Funeral home, 1029 Washington street. The Rev. T. K. Smith, pastor of Christian church, will be in charge of services, assisted by the Rev. James Myers, pastor of East Columbus Christian church. The casket will be open at the funeral home after 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in Garland Brook cemetery.
Mr. Barkes had been residing at 1218 Franklin street. His wife, Mrs. Valerie Eades Barkes, died in 1951. They were married Aug. 28, 1912. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. William Sorgius, 1804 Pennsylvania street; three grandchildren, and a brother, Clarence Barkes, St. Petersburg, Fla. A sister and another brother preceded him in death.