John Wayne "Buddy" Barker 1952-2014

John Wayne “Buddy” Barker, 61, of Greenup, KY died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones Friday, March 14, 2014 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, KY.

Mr. Barker was born September 25, 1952 in Horn Hollow Greenup, KY; a son of Josephine Horn Barker of Greenup, KY and the late Douglas Barker.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Virginia “Jenny” Barker; two daughters Paula Barker of Flatwoods, KY, and Jonda Madden (Fielden) of Westwood, KY; four grandchildren, Brooke and McKenzie Miller, Mattison Mercer, and Arianna Madden; four brothers, George “Sonny” Barker (Joyce) of Charleston, SC, Steve Barker (Susie) of Greenup, KY, Larry Barker (Bernice) of Greenup, KY, and Chester Barker (Lois) of Flatwoods, KY; five sisters Joyce Nelson (Don,) Carol Bullion (Jim,) Jean Bullion (Jerry,) Kay Bullion (Phillip,) and Rosemary Melvin (Bobby) all from Greenup, KY.

Buddy was self employed as a carpenter. His work was his pride and rightfully so as he was a genius with his hands. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Buddy was a giant among men with a heart of gold.

The funeral will be at 1 PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Wurtland Church of God in Wurtland, KY with Rev. Lloyd L. Bailey and Rev. Tim French officiating. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Cemetery in Catlettsburg, KY. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Monday, March 17, 2014 at Wurtland Church of God. Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY has been entrusted with the arrangements; for online condolences please visit


#5 Ronny Gross 2014-05-14 16:21
Jenny and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!
#4 Donna 2014-03-18 00:34
Jenny, I am sorry about Buddy. Our thoughts are with you and his Mom and daughters.
#3 Tina and Berni 2014-03-17 16:53
Dear Jenny,

please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

your friend Tina and Berni
#2 cheryl coffey 2014-03-17 16:21
Im very sorry for the untimely death of your loved one. He will be remembered as a caring,loving father,grandfat her,brother,unc le,cousin. I know he will be sorely missed by all. I pray for his daughter,wife,a nd dear mother through this grief that they are sharing in. He had brothers and sisters who adored him. Many nieces and nephews feeling lost without their uncle. Granddaughters missing their papaw. I pray you all find comfort in the coming days. Through kind words and visiting one another. Be strong and of great courage. Grief is a horrid experience.. We all must endure from time to time. We send our heartfelt blessings and prayers. God bless all...
#1 Sue Cromwell 2014-03-17 12:25
Jenny, I am so sorry to have read about Buddy's passing. Although I never met him, he sounds like he was truly a great man. My deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.


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