Linda McCumbee Barker
Linda McCumbee Barker
  • October 25, 1940 - January 22, 2018
  • Sandy Run, South Carolina

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SANDY RUN Linda McCumbee Barker, beloved pastor's wife to Larry Dean Barker Sr., devoted mother of three children, and cherished Grandmother to her seven grandchildren, transitioned into eternity in heaven on Monday, January 22, 2018, at her home in Sandy Run, surrounded by family.
Linda was born in Rockingham, North Carolina on October 25, 1940. She grew up in Rockingham and graduated from Rohanen High School and studied at Wingate University. She was always outgoing, loved by all, and a friend to everyone. She loved playing outdoors with her brothers, as well as playing on the basketball team. She participated in pageants and was crowned Miss Hamlet, Miss Monroe and more. Not only was she beautiful on the outside, she was even more beautiful on the inside.
God brought Larry and Linda together in 1960 when they met at Wingate University, and they were unified in marriage in May 1961. Linda was Pastor Larry's life partner, and they were called by God as a team at churches located throughout South Carolina. She was an integral part of their ministry, and their work through the years would have been impossible without her faithful encouragement and support. Countless children and families have been impacted by her service in women's and children's ministries. Linda was a beautiful picture of a wife of noble character, clothed with strength and dignity, and a woman who can laugh at the future because her trust is in the Lord, a true Proverbs 31 woman. As her children began families of their own, Linda served as an Office Manager for Dr. Frank Hart and Son, Dentists.
Linda is survived by her husband, Larry D. Barker Sr.; her three children and their families, daughter, Allison H. Keller, (husband Phillip, child Heather A. Harding), daughter, Belena B. "Beth" Killoy, (husband Michael, children Caitlin & Kelby), son, L. Dean Barker Jr., (wife, Michelle "Shellie", children Caleb, Josiah, Noah and Isabelle; mother figure to Ivan Todd McCumbee and Shamain McCumbee Lill; and brothers, Homer "Buddy" McCumbee and Terrence "Terry" McCumbee. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Homer Weldon and Beatrice Langley McCumbee.
The family is grateful to Hospice for taking such good care of her recently and to Dunbar Funeral Home.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Grandview Baptist Church, 10981 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover, SC. Family and friends will gather at the church for the viewing and visitation at Noon to 2:00 p.m., just prior to the celebration of life service. A graveside gathering at Mt. Elon Church, 718 S-40-935, Hopkins, S.C. 29061 will follow the service for all those who would like to attend. Out of town friends and family will gather at Grandview Baptist Church following the graveside service to share in fellowship as we remember Linda. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of Linda to Grandview Baptist Church at the address shown above.