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“To the Barker Family: Your loved one was a Dear Friend and Supportive/Encouraging Friend who was a great inspiration to me in my High School years...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Johnnie Cole - Abingdon, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this your time of sorrow. ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Rhett Sutherland - Abingdon, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the good fortune to have Mr. Barker for Biology and then...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Judy Stamper - Chilhowie, VA

“Mary Etta, Chris and Scott, We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Barker's passing. He was a great influence to the students at CHS and also a great...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Beth Mason - Chilhowie, VA

“Dear Barker Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Barker. He was always such a kind and humble man. He was guidance counselor to all three of...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Nellie Harmon - Chilhowie, VA

“Mrs. Barker and family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and a great role model. He will be missed by so many because he did so much....Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Deborah Carter - Floyd, VA

“Mary Etta, I am so sorry to see the news of Dwight's passing. My heart breaks for you. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Donna Pennington-Eades - Bristol, TN

“So very sorry to see his passing...Always so good to work with..He was always interested in the best for his students...withsympathy, mike & teresa....Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: mike snavely - Work

“I'm so sorry to hear Dwight passed. I will always remember growing up in church with him singing in our choir. ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Sarah Mckee - Friend

“Coach Barker was a great coach and dedicated family man who had a huge impact on his players and students at Chilhowie High School. He will be sadly...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Sheriff Fred Newman (Retired)

“Mary Etta, Chris and Scott, I will be praying for you all. I´m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Barker did so much to help lots of people. He will be...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Rebekah Reasor

“So sad to hear of "Coach Barker's" passing. He was a great inspiration to me while at CHS in those early 60's school years. He always took a personal...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Johnnie Cole/Abingdon - Friend

“Mrs. Barker,I am so sorry for the passing of your husband. He was such a kind, patient gentleman. He is one that I remember most at your church. You...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Deborah Carter - Floyd, VA

“Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Billy Testerman - School

“I am so sorry to hear of Dwight´s passing. He was certainly a wonderful person and a bright light in this small community. He was the true...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Kathy Wright - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Dwight's passing. I have so many good memories of the years that we had in Chilhowie. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Temple Mellinger - GLADE SPRING, VA

“He was a good man he helped me through a lot of stuff thank u ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Brittany Shores - Chilhowie, VA

“I am so sorry for your loss, Mary Etta, Chris, Scott, and family. Dwight was my Sunday School teacher for many, many years. I always looked forward...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Jenny Cochran - Friend

“Mary Etta,Scott and Chris so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Janet Berry - North Myrtle Beach, SC

“Dwight was such a bright light in this world and he will be greatly missed. I am so thankful for the opportunity to know him and work with him....Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Paige Houchins - Blythewood, SC

“Mary Etta and family, so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Wanda Campbell Owens - Marion, VA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Dwight has been my Sunday School teacher for many years. I always enjoyed his class. In addition, Dwight was in the bass...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Jenny Cochran - Chilhowie, VA

“Dwight will be missed and fondly remembered by so many of us. He never failed to talk with me when I was home from college or medical school to see...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Rachel Houchins - Ridgeway, SC

“Mary & family. I am so sorry to hear of Dwight's passing. He will be missed by so many. I pray for peace and comfort for the family during this...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Lenora Brown - Chilhowie, VA

“So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr.Barker.He was a guidance counselor at CHS when I was in school. He is always nice and willing to listen...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Teresa Barker - Sugar Grove, VA


Robert "Dwight" Barker Jr., age 77, died on Wednesday June 2, 2021.Dwight was born on November 9, 1943, in Smyth County, to the late Robert Barker and Nina Currin Barker. He grew up in Sugar Grove and attended Sugar Grove High School. Following graduation, he enrolled at Milligan College where he played basketball for four years and ran cross country for two years.After graduating college, he married and settled in Chilhowie, Virginia, where he began a 38 year teaching career at Chilhowie High School (CHS). While at CHS, he taught biology, history, and civics. However, he was best known for his 31 years as the school guidance counselor. Dedicated to Warrior sports, Dwight also coached baseball, track, football, golf and both girls and boys basketball. In addition, he was a fixture behind the scorer's table, tracking official stats for over 2000 basketball games. In 2001, he was inducted into the Smyth County Sports Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from CHS, he worked for three years as a career coach at Virginia Highlands Community College. Among Dwight's proudest achievements were his involvement in his church and his life as a volunteer. A member of the Chilhowie United Methodist Church for over 50 years, he held various positions of service, including all lay person offices, Sunday school teacher and member of the Abingdon District Board of Trustees. As a committed community volunteer, he worked with the Little League Baseball program, the Virginia state YMCA, the Chilhowie Volunteer Fire Department, and the Chilhowie Lions Club, where he held all offices, including three terms as President. Despite Dwight's countless hours as a servant to others, he remained the epitome of the loyal husband, father, and grandfather, providing an inspirational example for generations to come. Dwight was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, James W. "Joe" Sayers. He is survived by his wife, Mary Etta Sayers Barker of Chilhowie, Va.; two sons, Colonel Christopher Barker, USAF (Retired) and his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Kenner Barker, USAF, of Lithia, Fla., and Scott Barker and his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Marti Owens Barker, USAF (Retired), of Bellbrook, Ohio; four grandchildren, Neve, Cali, Aiden and Alexa Barker; and his mother-in-law, Twyleene Sturgill Sayers of Marion Va. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Chilhowie United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. prior to the service at the church. An entombment will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2021, at Rose Lawn Mausoleum in Marion, Va.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dwight Barker Memorial Scholarship Fund; checks may be sent to the Smyth County Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 292, Marion, VA 24354, or the Chilhowie United Methodist Church c/o Andy Widener 39457 Widener Valley Rd. Chilhowie, VA 24319.Condolences can be made to the family online at www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com. Williams Funeral Home is serving the Barker family