By: Jessica PickensStaff Writer
September 9, 2012
James Dwight Barker of Roaring River, a legacy from the Greatest Generation, passed away Sept. 6, 2012.
He was 89 years old. Although Dwight travelled to the ends of the earth in military and business exploits, he always called Wilkes County home.
Dwight courageously served his country in the navy aboard the USS Slater witnessing the surrender of Japan at the end World War II. He returned to marry his sweetheart Rosa Lee Barker. They celebrated 64 years of an amazing love before Dwight decided it was time to “go on home with Mommy.” Left to honor his memory are 5 children: Leon Barker, Irvin (Sherry) Barker, Dannie (Mae) Barker, Sue (Joe) Myers, and Betty (Roland) McMillan. Dwight joins in heaven his parents, 2 siblings, wife Rosa Lee and daughter-in-law Rosemary.
Dwight boasted over 50 years involvement in the Boy Scouts. He earned a prestigious Silver Beaver award for commitment to the Scouts. He was also instrumental in the founding of Austin Fire Department, making his community a safer place to live.
Dwight leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who will cherish his memory and miss summers of hard work and lots of fun at PawPaw’s house. He had a million stories, a home full of memories and a family that loved him very much. Although we celebrate his reunion with his dear wife, he will be dearly missed. Don’t worry, PawPaw, we’ll all “be purdy” until we see you again.
Services were held at Oak Level Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 9. Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America/Old Hickory Council, 6600 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.