Roger Clayton Barker, 64, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014, after an extended stay at the White Sulphur Springs Center of Genesis Health Care.
Roger was born March 23, 1950, in Marfrance (#2), WV, and was the son of the late Chris L. and Lora Barker.
Roger was a long-time bouncer at The Clover Club in White Sulphur Springs, WV, and later started his own security business in the Lewisburg/ Fairlea, WV, area. Roger also played a convincing and realistic Santa for area churches, schools, and businesses – especially delighting those who were surprised by a phone call from Santa or, even better, received a special pre-Christmas home visit. He will be missed by many who were blessed by his skills as a “jack-of-all-trades.”
Roger loved nature and the outdoors. After spending time in Arizona as a youth, he developed a passion for Native American culture and artifacts. His favorite times in West Virginia were spent exploring the hills and hollows. His favorite place was a house that he built himself on the outskirts of White Sulphur Springs on property bordering the national forest.
Roger is survived by his daughter, Angela Braden of Fairlea; grandchildren, Corey and Lydianne Braden and Lisa Carpenter and husband, J.D., of Bethany, WV; brother, Chris E. Barker and wife, Jeannie, of Rupert, WV; and sister, Patt Legg of Salisbury, NC.
Roger was a beloved uncle to several nieces and nephews and leaves a legacy of literally thousands of people who were touched by his warm personality and generous nature.
If the true measure of a man is the void he leaves behind, then Roger’s contributions to the world are truly immeasurable.
A memorial for Roger is begin planned for 12 PM on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Rockcliff Road residence of his brother.
Friends are invited to gather for a casual potluck fellowships and time for sharing of memories before the spreading of his ashes. Those planning to attend should email J.D. Carpenter or call 304-639-0663 to aid in planning purposes and for directions and instructions.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the September 23, 2014, edition of the West Virginia Daily News.