J. W. Barker, 93, of Henrietta, passed away Dec. 5, 2013.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika, Okla.
Mr. Barker was born April 26, 1920 in Springtown, Okla. to James and Francis Barker. He attended Empire School. While playing baseball against a team of Halliburton employees, he was offered a contract to pitch for the Oklahoma City Indians, a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, the team was disbanded before he got a chance to try out. He began work at Halliburton in 1942, sweeping floors for 42 cents per hour. He became a machinist and worked there until he transferred to the oil fields. He spent a year working in the oil fields of Argentina. In total he worked 57 years in the oil fields, 20 of them with Halliburton. He married to Leta Allen of Snyder. He married Pauline Smith on Nov. 10, 1990 at the Irving Baptist Church. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ryan, Okla., and of the Masonic Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Leta, on July 28, 1989; two brothers, Eugene Barker and Monroe Barker; and a daughter, Donna Sue Carter.
Survivors include wife Pauline of Ryan, Okla.; three stepchildren, Gwen Kay and husband Kenneth of Wichita Falls, TX, Ann Cargill of Medicine Lodge, Kan., and Ron Smith and wife Nancy of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one grandchild, five step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Dudley Funeral Home.