Barker Gordon, a Korean War Marine Corps veteran died Sept. 2 in Springfield, TN. Barker, 71, was awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor and two Purple Hearts while in action in 1950 and 1951. He was an office furniture sales representative for most of his life in Illinois and Minnesota. He retired to Tennessee. He loved farm work, gardening, raising horses, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Alberta; his two sons, Roland of Boise, ID and Jonathan of Colorado Springs, CO; and his brother, Joseph of Nashville, TN. He also is survived by four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Barker was a member of the Methodist Church in Cedar Hill and a volunteer with the Robertson County Historical Society. He served on the Sandwich, IL Board of Education from 1962 to 1970. He worked on several bond campaigns to build schools including Sandwich High School. He also was active in the campaign to get voters to approve Waubonsee Community College built in Kaneland, IL. Services were held Sept. 2 at the Methodist Church in Cedar Hills. Memorials may be made to the Cedarhill United Methodist church or the charity of your choice. Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home, 615-327-1111

Published on September 5, 2002

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