|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1955|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2006|
Gerald Allen Barco entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, March 23, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. Gerald was the third of seven children and was born on February 27, 1955 in Norfolk County, Virginia to Mary Barco and the late Abner Barco. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Franklin.
Gerald attended Central Elementary School. Later, the family relocated from Virginia to North Carolina, where he continued and completed high school at Camden High School. Shortly after high school, Gerald joined the United States Army in 1976 and was discharged in 1979. While in the Army, he traveled in several foreign countries. However, he did not stop there, but later furthered his education, attending the Thomas Nelson Community College in Newport News, Virginia.
At an early age, he joined the Antioch Baptist Church, South Mills, North Carolina, under the ministry of the late Reverend Willie Davis. Later, he relocated to the Newport News, Virginia area and continued his Christian experiences fellowshipping at the Rock Interdenominational Church. Gerald was employed at the Newport News Shipyard as a pipe fitter.
He met and married Annie Bazemore Barco. To that union, Dawud Husani came to touch the heart of his parents. Dawud and Gerald became like brothers; they were inseperable to each other.
Gerald moved to Murfreesboro, TN in December of 1999 from Greensboro, NC. His spiritual journey in Murfreesboro began at Family Worship Center Assembly of God, where he met Margaret Smith and another dear and faithful friend, Sonja Martin. Gerald united with Freedom of Worship Church on July 31, 2002 and Murfreesboro Community Church on July 27, 2003, where his membership remains.
When Gerald relocated to the Tennessee area, he met a very dedicated person that gave him strength.
"When trouble comes, your soul to try,
you love the friends who just stand by,
for there are troubles all your own
and paths that you must tread alone,
but just to feel you still have friends,
who will stand by until the end,
whose sympathy through all endures,
it helps in some way to pull you through."
With fervent hearts, Gerald's family prays and spreads God's blessing to his special friend, Margaret Smith, who stood by Gerald Allen in this way. Gerald's family is so grateful to Margaret for her power of prayer and strong faith for being that special person in Gerald's life.
Gerald was employed with Bryant Cleaning Service (Pillsbury, Yoplait)in Murfreesboro, TN and worked faithfully with his dear friend and brother in Christ, Timothy Bryant.
Gerald's siblings will always remember that Gerald was full of humor, enjoyed entertaining children - probably more than he did adults, always playful, a peace maker and a very giving person. He had a heart of gold. Everyone enjoyed Gerald's company. Never will his sister, Marilyn Lassiter, forget when Gerald got his first furlough from the United States Army. He came to visit Marilyn in Washington D.C. and she left him home while she attended morning worship service, but she made one mistake - she cooked dinner for them. After returning from the service, Gerald had eaten the whole dinnner! Marilyn soon learned that his hearty appetite never changed from childhood. Gerald was nicknamed "Bug" by his aunt Florence.
Gerald's passion was cooking. He wanted to complete culinary school and become a licensed chef. He gave of himself readily by cooking a favorite dish and taking it to a friend. He loved the word of God and faithfully read his Bible. He loved to talk of God's goodness, pray with you and for you. Gerald loved his family and wanted them not to worry about him - - just pray and trust his struggles and victories to God.
On Thursday, March 23, 2006, God looked upon Gerald and said, "Well done thy good and faithful servant". God poured out His great compassion on Gerald and now he's home at last and free from struggles of this world. He has the ultimate healing!
Gerald will be missed by his family and friends, far and near. He leaves to cherish his memory, his only son, Dawud Husani Barco of Newport News, VA; mother, Mary Barco of South Mills, NC; four sisters, Marilyn (Joseph) Lassiter of Forestville, MD, Arnita Welch of South Mills, NC, Evell (John) Holland of Clinton, MD, Melaine Barco of Charlotte, NC; one brother, Abner Barco of Newport News, VA; uncles, John Griffin of Washington D.C., Roosevelt of Charleston, SC, Winford of Chesapeake, VA and Winfield of Virginia Beach, VA; aunts, Florence Brickhouse and Betty Smith, both of Chesapeake, VA, Dorothy Crawford of Philadelphia, PA, Fannie Small and Bessie Sans, both of Chula Vista, CA and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and a very devoted special friend, Margaret Smith of Murfreesboro, TN.
There must be a reason we can't see.
There must be a reason why.
A reason that we must take "on faith"
As we do the sun on high.
There must be an answer why it is,
Someone who enjoyed life so,
Someone who is so dear to us,
Suddenly has to go.
Life is a journey so we are told,
For some longer, for others brief.
A journey on which we all find joy
Mingled with sadness and grief.
We'll try to remember the joy today,
However hard it may be,
And trust we'll find comfort when we know.
The reason we now can't see.
From The Barco Family
Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
Created by: Pamela Holeton
Record added: Nov 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22968268