Mervin Ray Barker, 72, of Lexington, Missouri passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at home.
A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Lexington United Methodist Church, 211 S. Business Hwy. 13, Lexington, MO, 64067. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Machpelah Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Parkinson’s Association. Memories of Ray and condolences for his family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com
or on our Facebook Page. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 S. St., Lexington, MO, 64067, 660-259-2245.
Ray was born on October 7, 1948 in Independence, MO to Mervin F. and Mary Helen (Smith) Barker in Independence, MO. He graduated in 1966 from Lexington High School. On December 27, 1970 Ray married Yolanda Anderson in Richmond, MO. They later divorced but remained close friends. Ray worked in the carpet industry his entire life starting at age 17. He worked for McIntyre Carpet for many years and retired from Con Carpets. He also enjoyed living on his family farm raising cattle and tinkering around. Ray loved boating at Lake of the Ozarks, camping, driving his 1987 Corvette, but most of all spending time with friends, family and his grandchildren.
Survivors include three children: Trent Leath Christian of Richmond, MO, Brandon Barker of Lexington, MO, and Kelli Anders and husband Bradley of Sedalia, MO; four grandchildren, Savannah Rae Barker, Nicholas Christopher Anders, Brooklyn Paige Anders, and Ethan Bradley Anders; Brandon and Kelli’s mother, Yolanda Nevels of Odessa, MO; a brother, Doug Barker; special cousins and caretakers, Mark and Lisa Smith, Chuck and Penny Smith, and Lexi and Luke Smith, all of Lexington, MO; and many relatives and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents.