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Rusty Lee Barker

April 1, 1972 — July 5, 2023

Gastonia

We are deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing of our beloved father and friend, Rusty Lee Barker, due to a motorcycle accident on July 5, 2023. Rusty was born on April 1, 1972, in Gastonia, NC to Marvin and Sandra (Hewitt) Barker. He graduated from Ashbrook High School in 1990 and then went on to graduate from UNC-Charlotte with honors. He was accomplished in his career as an engineer for AT&T where he will be missed by so many coworkers. He was always ready and willing to lend a hand where needed. Rusty became a father to his daughters Emilee and Abby in 2006 and 2008 and of all the things he had done in life being their “dada” was his highest honor. He was their fiercest protector and anyone that truly knew Rusty knew that they were his complete pride and joy. There was nothing in this world he wouldn’t do for his babies. Their lives will never be the same, but they will go on to make lives for themselves that he would be so very proud of. Rusty was a skilled mechanic, could fix anything imaginable and many people were amazed by how incredibly gifted he was in that area but even more amazed by how willing he was to do it. Rusty was a generous soul and will be missed by all that loved him. He was an avid motorcyclist and loved anything with an engine that was loud and fast. On the evening of July 5, he went from this Earth to his heavenly home doing something he loved so much. Life will never be the same without him. 


Rusty is survived by his daughters, Emilee and Abby, and their Mama, Candice and her family. He is also survived by his loving girlfriend, Courtney Herman and her kids, Matthew and Grace. He is predeceased by his parents, Marvin and Sandra (Hewitt) Barker and grandparents, Marvin and Callie Barker. We rest assured knowing he is among those that loved him so dearly that went on before him and that he is at peace. 


A Celebration of Life service will be held to honor him on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Dickie Spargo. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at City Church, 3100 City Church St., Gastonia, NC 28056. Rusty would love a room full of vibrant colors (please, no black). 


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society to honor his Mama’s hard fought battle.

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Visitation

Thursday, July 13, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

City Church New Hope Campus

3100 City Church St, Gastonia, NC 28056

Rusty would love a room full of vibrant colors (please, no black)

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

City Church New Hope Campus

3100 City Church St, Gastonia, NC 28056

Rusty would love a room full of vibrant colors (please, no black)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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