Ralph Edward Barker, 64, of Atwood, Ala., died August 20,1973 at his home after an apparent heart attack. He was the father of Mrs. Joyce Holcomb of Fulton. Mr. Barker was a member of Holly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Services were August 22 at the church with burial in the adjoining cemetery with Dean Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay directing.
Survivors included his wife, Mrs. Gimilla Barker of Atwood; one daughter, Mrs. Joyce Holcomb of Fulton; two sons, Wayne Barker of Red Bay and Dennis Barker of Golden; seven sisters, Mrs. Leslie Shewbart and Mrs. Rilla Sparks, both of Vina, Mrs. Delma Haithcock of Spruce Pine, Ala., Mrs. Lucille Robbins of Counce, Tenn., Mrs. Loyce Sumerell of Adrian, Mich., and Mrs. Mildred Thrasher of Red Bay; six brothers, Elbert Barker, J. B. Barker, Roy Clyde Barker, and Buddy Barker, all of Vina, and Hubert Barker of Fulton; three grandchildren.