James Paul Barker, the youngest son of the late James Abner and Mary Elizabeth Martin Barker, was born near Bloomfield on Nov. 16, 1917, and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter on Feb. 5, 2007, at the age of 89.
He was a lifelong resident of Stoddard County. As a young man, Paul served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) and later in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked in a variety of factory and retail jobs in Dexter. He also farmed for many years.
On May 17, 1947, he was married to Faustina Shell in Bloomfield.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Faustina Shell Barker of Dexter; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Richard Scholes of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Aaron Bly and Daniel Scholes, all of St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Alfred Barker; and two sisters, Clarissa Triplett and Anna Barker.
The family has chosen cremation and a private family memorial services will be conducted.
Interment will follow in the family plot in the Hagy Cemetery in Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of all arrangements.
Memorials are requested for the Fellowship Hall Building Fund of the First Christian Church, 224 E. Stoddard, Dexter, Mo. 63841.