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William Ordene Barker

February 16, 1931 — May 24, 2023

William Ordene Barker, 92, of Viola, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Viola, Arkansas.  Ordene was born February 16, 1931, in Viola, Arkansas to William Clough Barker and Myrtle Elizabeth (Stephens) Barker. Ordene married Lena Faye Hodges on March 8, 1950, at Elizabeth, Arkansas and to this union three children were born.  Ordene worked at General Mills for fifteen years in Kansas City, Missouri, for six years on the ferry at Norfork Lake, and as a dairy farmer for twenty-three years at Elizabeth, Arkansas.  Ordene enjoyed fishing, shooting pool, playing Rook, and sitting on the porch and visiting with family and friends.  He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, uncle, friend, and was of the Baptist faith. 

Ordene leaves to mourn his passing, wife, Lena Barker of Viola, Arkansas, two sons, Danny Barker (Belinda) of Birch Tree, Missouri and Allan Barker of Viola, Arkansas; daughter, Marsha Ford (Bob) of Fort Morgan, Alabama; seven grandchildren, Stacie Harper (Chad), Tara Meek (Gary), Misty Bales (Chris), Candace Blodgett (Jonathan), Dustin Barker (Brandi), Zach Barker, and Baylie Morris (Justin); eleven great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother (Bob Barker), and two sisters (Adlee Cotter and Marjorie Williford Holstine).

Graveside services will be at 2 PM Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at the Viola Cemetery with Bro. John Hodges officiating.  The interment will be in the Viola Cemetery in Viola, Arkansas.  Pallbearers are Danny Barker, Allan Barker, Justin Morris, Dustin Barker, Jonathan Blodgett, Chris Bales, and Zach Barker.  Honorary pallbearers are Jake James, Garry Williams, Bill Hodges, Wally Hodges, Leon Hodges, Scott Barker, Rick Cotter, Connie Hutson, and Roy Cunningham.  Memorials may be made to the Viola Cemetery Association.  Arrangements are under the direction of Barker Funeral Home, LLC in Salem, Arkansas. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Viola Cemetery

, Viola, AR 72583

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