Mr. Joe Mathis Barker, Sr., age 69, of Lee School Road, LaFayette, GA, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Hutchenson Medical Center.  Mr. Barker was born June 11, 1939, in Chatooga County Georgia.  He was retired from Mount Vernon Mills, was Baptist by faith and a former member of the Trion Masonic Lodge, No. 106.

Mr. Barker was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Clarence Barker. Mr. Barker is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Powell Barker of LaFayette, GA; mother, Flossie Irene Angles Barker of Summerville, GA; daughters, Angie Eller of Trion; Debra Hannah of Calhoun, GA; Rebecca Barker of LaFayette, GA; a son, Joe M. Barker, Jr., of LaFayette, GA; step-son, Mike Barnett of Birmingham, AL; sisters, Janice Trimble of Atlanta, GA; Joyce Williams of Trion, GA; Delaine Lonergan of Rome, GA; brother, Stan Barker of Ringgold, GA; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and several neices and nephews also survive.

Mr. Barker will lie-in-state Friday, March 13, 2009, at the Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 9:00pm.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 11:00am from the chapel of the Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Powell officiating.  Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Stan Barker, Charles Akery, Jimmy McGraw, Curtis James, Donnie Maddox and Gordon Williams.  Honorary pallbearer will be Pete Coffman.  The pallbearers are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:30am on Saturday.

At other hours, the family will be at the residence, 936 Lee School Road, LaFayette, GA.  Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home is in charges of the arrangements for Mr. Joe Mathis Barker, Sr., who passed away on Wednesday.