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Mrs. Juanita Smith Barker, 86, of Valdese, gained her heavenly wings on December 26, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Juanita was born on February 7, 1934 to the late Avery and Bertha Smith. She had a laugh and smile that could light up a room. Even while suffering through numerous health issues, she always kept a positive attitude and never complained. She had the best sense of humor and a heart of gold. She worked as a sewer in her earlier years, but her true life's work was her family, especially keeping her grandbabies.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Shuffler; brother, Fred Smith; and infant brother Robert Smith.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of sixty nine years, Russell Barker; her children, Larry Barker and girlfriend Maria Canipe, Shirley Pritchard and husband Gary, and Richard Barker and wife Tonya; grandchildren, Ashley Brittain and husband Travis, Andrea Rector and husband Dylan, Shannon Hallyburton and husband Austin, and Tara Miller and husband Brandon; and great-grandchildren, Tristen and Wesley Brittain, Willow Rector, and Millie, Madilyne, and Mackenzie Miller. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Shane Epps officiating.
Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family.

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