|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1930|
|Death: ||May 11, 2012|
William Bryant Barker went to his heavenly home Friday, May 11, 2012. A lifelong resident of Covington, he was born Nov. 5, 1930, to the late Horace and Hazel Core Barker.
The beloved husband of SeWilla Quave Barker for 60 years, he is survived by five daughters, "The Barker Girls": Leah Beth Barker Nettles (Donald), Rhonda Barker Smith (Stephen), Kathy Barker Foxworth (Greg), Laurie Lea Barker and Mary Barker Rodrigue (Rod); one sister, Angie Barker Blackwell; seven grandchildren: Michael Nettles (Robyn), Bryan Nettles (Jennifer), Stephanie Smith McCray (Robbie), Jennifer Smith Thibodeaux (Josh), Sky Foxworth, MaryClaire Rodrigue and Julian Rodrigue III; and one great-granddaughter, Claire Nettles. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Harry Barker, and two sisters, Lillie Belle Thompson and Norma Maklary.
Barker was a loving husband and father. Many men from the Barker's Corner Community remember him as their Boy Scout Master, Troop 336.
Barker was a lifelong educator. His career in the St. Tammany Parish School Board spanned more than 30 years. He started his profession as a teacher at Fifth Ward and Lee Road schools. Then he became principal at Southeast Hospital School in Mandeville. He was principal at Folsom Elementary/Junior High and Lee Road Consolidated Schools. He enjoyed his years as Supervisor of Special Education for the parish. After his retirement, he served as a principal and administrator of Regina Coeli Head Start System.
He continued his career in education as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for Southeastern Louisiana University, and many took his 55-Alive Driving Safety classes. His weekly column, "Bill's Corner," added entertainment to the Shepherd's Care Bulletin, and he taught Sunday school for over 50 years.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at New Zion Baptist Church, Covington. Interment was in Barker-McManus Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fair Haven Ministries or Shepherd's Care Ministries.
Horace Marvin Barker (1888 - 1958)
Hazel Ivy Core Barker (1894 - 1972)
Stanley David Barker (1917 - 1977)*
William Bryant Barker (1930 - 2012)
Barker-McManus Memorial Cemetery
St. Tammany Parish
Created by: Denise Flynn
Record added: May 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90330679