Louie Thomas Barker, 73, passed away, May 13, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Louie was born July 2, 1946 in Livingston, Texas to Harlan Cleveland and Lounell Hill Barker. On November 5, 1965, he enlisted in the US Army, and proudly served his country until August 11, 1967. In 1968, he moved to the Mexia area. Louie was a plant manager for TXI for 20 years and then completed 10 years of service with Vulcan Materials, prior to retiring.
Louie married Gwendolyn “Gwen” Wright on January 30, 1988 in Groesbeck, Texas. His life was filled with love for not only his family, but numerous people in general. Anyone that ever met Louie, never forgot him; he never met a stranger, greeted everyone with a big smile, and in some cases, a hug. His love of music kept him singing or humming; he always appeared to be happy.
Louie began coaching Little League baseball as soon as his sons became old enough to play, which carried through high school. Fortunately, most of the boys that started together remained together through all these years and they never forgot the love and leadership shown by their coach. Louie also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping with friends, hunting arrowheads and golf.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Lounell Barker; son, Lee Thomas Barker; brother, Wesley Barker; brother-in-law, Alfred Mullins; niece Jill Mullins; and nephew, Jacob Barker.
Louie is survived by his loving wife, Gwen Barker of Mexia; sons, Johnny Ray Barker and wife, Sandra of Burtram and Leven Barker and wife, Devin of Tatum; daughter, Terrie Dailey and husband, Jimmy of Austin; step-daughter, Tambra Lozano and husband, Alfonso; step-son, David Kennedy of Mexia; sister, Mary Mullins of Humble; brothers, Danny Barker and wife, Shirley of Willspoint, Jerry Barker and wife, Casandra of Willspoint, Rex Barker and wife, Mary of Rockwall and Mike Barker and wife, Rhonda of Talihina, OK; 13 grandkids; and four great grandkids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2020 in the Mexia Cemetery with Pastor Wayne Grabs officiating. Grandsons, Joshua Barker, Jacob Barker, Ryan Lozano, Logan Lozano, Trever Barker, Jesse Barker and Braden Kennedy will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ennis Holmes, Cyler Davidson, Jerry Sullivan, Mark Hancock, Harvey Fredriksson, Bill Hinchliffe, Jimmy Dailey, Alfonso Lozano and Craig Mathis.
Visitation with the family will be 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
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