Nola Lou (Grandma) Barker, 97, of Salem, Ark., daughter of the late Mahlon King and Hattie Evelyn (Going) Maguffee, was born on March 5, 1911, at Salem. She died July 25, 2008, at Salem.
She was united in marriage to Luther Barker on May 2, 1930, at Salem, Ark. She was a homemaker, café owner and a surrogate mother to many.
She was a member of the Salem Pentecostal Church of God.
She is survived by: four sons, Roy Barker and wife Anna Lee of Salem, Ark., Rodney Barker and wife Hazel of Salem, Larry Barker and wife JoAnn of Salem and Gary Barker and wife Judy of Salem; one daughter, Evelyn Skidmore of Salem; one sister, Bertha Barker of Lawton, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her husband; parents; son-in-law Udell Skidmore; four brothers, Olnia, C. B. (Biscuit), Oscar and Otho Maguffee; three sisters, Sarah Lou Self, Addie Maguffee and Fannie Maguffee; granddaughter Karen Lou Skidmore; great-granddaughter Micah Ann Burns and grandson-in-law Jackie Cordray.
Funeral services were held on July 27 at the Barker Funeral Home Chapel in Salem, with Bro. Gary Barker, Bro. Alan Winberry and Rev. Winford Franks officiating. Interment followed in the Salem Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Barker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Carol Kissinger, Jana Tyler, Kathy Cordray, Bruce Barker, Carla Wilden, Steve Barker, Vickie Harley, Rebecca Weber, Nikki Burns, Niel Barker and LeAnne Hudson.
Honorary pallbearers were Nola Barker's family, Herb Pitchford, Harrel Ray Estes, Roy Cunningham, Bob Graddy, Richard Benson, Gene Cooper, Mel Coleman and Lloyd Martz.
Memorials preferred to Legacy Hospice or the Salem Pentecostal Church of God.