January 25, 2013
LeRoy Edward (Eddie) Barker, 77, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Wichita Falls, Texas after a sudden illness. Memorials services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lunns Colonial Chapel with Dr. David Hartman, pastor of First Christian Church officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunns Colonial Funeral Home, 2812 Midwestern Parkway in Wichita Falls.
He was born to LeRoy and Adelia (Moore) Barker in Chickasha on Jan. 6,1936. He was preceded in death by his wife Ethel (Goldwater) and sister Diana Bynum. Eddie attended schools in Sayre and Altus. He began his journalism career in high school at the radio station KWHW in Altus. He moved to Wichita Falls in April 1957, to work at KWFT (620AM radio). He was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly after his arrival in Wichita Falls. One of the first people he met was a beautiful red-haired young woman named Ethel Goldwater, a reporter at the Wichita Falls Record News. They were married on Dec. 20, 1958 in Altus. Ethel lost her courageous battle against Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. They were happily married for 52 years.
After Eddie completed his military service, they returned to Wichita Falls. He applied at WFRN where Ethel had previously worked and, to his surprise, was hired as a copy editor. Eddie graduated from Midwestern University in May 1971, where his interest in technology and computers led him to earn a B.S. in Physics. He served 37 years at Times Record News, previously known as Wichita Falls Record News. He served in various jobs including assistant city editor, wire editor, news editor, and editorial page editor. He retired from WFRN in 1998. Eddie was an avid reader and enjoyed many hobbies including photography, woodworking, and computing.
He is survived by two sisters, Gay Graves and Terrie White, both of Oklahoma City; two nieces, Janet Graves and Tiffany Bestwick; two nephews, Scott Graves and Wesley White; many great-nieces and-nephews; special friends, Jessica and Millie Lazo; and his godson, Trey Morris of Weatherford, Texas. Other survivors include Beth and David Maywald, Linda Rea, Beverly Shaffer and a host of friends whom he loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National MS Society, PO 4527, New York, NY 10163
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com