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John Barker

November 23, 1944 — September 19, 2022


Mr. John Earl Barker, age 77, of Copperhill, Tennessee, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on November 23, 1944, in Epworth, Georgia. He was the son of the late Wilford and Ola Locke Barker. John was a Mountain View Baptist Church member and had retired from Tennessee Chemical Company, where he worked as a boilermaker for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time in the mountains, and being with family and friends.

John is survived by his daughter Sherri Barker Walker of Morganton, Georgia, son Keith (Lori) Barker of Copperhill, Tennessee, and two granddaughters, Lauren (Cody) Bamforth of Cartersville, Georgia, and Savanah (Brandon) Smith of Turtletown, Tennessee. Great-grandchildren include Beau, Zoe, and Colton Bamforth of Cartersville, Georgia. Siblings include Gene (Joyce) Barker of Copperhill, Tennessee, Patricia (Charles) Payne of McCaysville, Georgia, and Scott (Angila) Barker of Copperhill, Tennessee, and many special nieces and nephews, friend Judy Buntin, and faithful pets Bull and Cooney.

He was preceded in death by his brother Frankie Barker, sister Mary Ellen Barker, and his dearest love, Vicki Bice.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September, 23, 2022, at 2:00 pm from the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home on Thursday, September 22, from 6-9 pm. Cochran Funeral Homes is honored to serve the family of John Earl Barker. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest's register at

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