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October 13, 1932 – August 29, 2020

Hazel Jenkins Barker passed away on August 29, 2020.  Born to sharecroppers in Daisy, Georgia, her family relocated to Savannah after Fort Stewart took the land they were working for proving grounds shortly before World War II.  After graduating from Commercial High School in 1951, Hazel went to work for the Georgia Department of Pardons and Paroles.  It was there she met her future husband, Robert E. Barker (he was an attorney, not a parolee – as far as we know).  They married on January 30, 1954, and remained married until Bob’s death on July 5, 2012.

Hazel was a devoted wife and loving mother.  She was active in the PTA of each child’s school, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Once she got the kids out of the house, she channeled that devotion and love by working at Epworth United Methodist Church for many years.

Hazel was a woman of many talents.  She could boomerang a flip flop at an offending child (usually Greg) while simultaneously cooking and on the phone with her mother.  She could fall asleep anywhere – at a red light, or in the middle of reading a Jeopardy! question during family game night.  Perhaps her greatest talent was her ability to love her family beyond all else, despite their merciless teasing.

Hazel is preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and stepson, Robbie.

Hazel leaves behind three children, Barbara Hargrove (Allen), Greg Barker (Terry), and Michael Barker (Christy).  She always had a favorite child, but would not tell the other two so as to spare their feelings.  She also leaves behind six precious grandchildren (who were actually her favorites, but she didn’t tell her children so as to spare their feelings):  Brandi Barker Sauers (Andrew), David Barker (Katie, his main squeeze), Jordan Hargrove Able (Christopher), Lauren Hargrove Lane (John), Nicholas Barker, and Natalie Barker, and two great-grandchildren:  Andrew Carter Sauers, Jr., and Callan Rhett Sauers.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Thursday evening, September 3, 2020, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning, September 4, 2020, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Nathan C. Godley. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Hazel was an angel on Earth, so we are not sure what sort of promotion this will be.  In lieu of remembrances, spend time with your family.  Love and respect one another.  Be kind.  If you really must, Hospice Savannah would be a nice choice.

Online Condolences

  1. Judy & Phil Lucius says:

    We are saddened by the loss of Your Mother. We will be praying for you and your family.

  2. Jeannette Whitted says:

    Greg,Teri,Brandi and David,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an another angel. I am sure that she will be watching you all from above. So remember when life is hard look up and she will show you the way to go. Praying for your comfort.

  3. A Former Neighbor says:

    What a lovely and humorous tribute! May her memory be eternal! (My parents lived down the street from the Barkers.)

  4. Sharon Quigley says:

    Al and I are sending you all our love and prayers. We are so sorry but hearten that we got to know her.

  5. ELSIE Evans says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Hazel for many years and Bob also. They are together again,

  6. Walter Dimmick says:

    Barbara and Greg, my sincere condolences. May your mother’s soul rest in peace.

  7. Diane Abbott Rice says:

    Many of us are lucky to have a loving mother, but if we are very, very lucky, we also get to have a 2nd mother, and Hazel was that to us. She was the first visitor to the hospital the day I was born. So many of my childhood memories are bound up with your family, and Hazel’s warmth and love. Her friendship with Mom and her love of us continued into our adulthood, as she helped care for our children as well. The last time I saw her, she still had that beautiful smile for me, and said I would always be her little “brown eyed girl.” I am so sad, but so blessed to have been lucky enough to have her in my life, all of my life. Truly, a big piece of my childhood is now gone, but never my memories. Much love to you all.

  8. Janice Dickey Reddick says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Hazel.
    I have many memories of Bob, Hazel and the family during my younger years.
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  9. Amy Paderewski says:

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your loving mother. I know she will be greatly missed by you all. May she rest in peach.

  10. BECKY LANGO says:

    Prayers of comfort to you all as you grieve the loss of your dear Mother.

    Such a beautiful obituary and photo of your mom; she had the same beautiful smile every time I saw her. Mom’s love us before we are born; at our best and our worst. She will always be a part of you.

    Thanking God for the Gift of Eternal Life.
    In love and light,
    Becky (Morales) Lango

  11. George & Bobbye says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Greg, you took such good care of her and I know she always felt your love. May the good memories stay with you and comfort you in the days ahead.

  12. Debbie Abbott Rose says:

    I’ve known your amazing, kind, loving and funny mom almost all of my life. She played a large role in my childhood and was an inspiration to me as I grew older. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to grow up without the Barker Clan so close in proximity and friendship. Your beautiful mom was the embodiment of love, laughter and faith. She was an amazing friend to my mom and so special to our family that I called her Aunt Hazel when I was growing up. I will miss her greatly but will always remember her.

  13. Lindy Lukert says:

    So sorry for your loss, your mother sounds like a wonderful mom. She did it a great job because I know two of her children who are great people and they married wonderful people. You are a special family and we love that we have gotten to know you.
    Love and prayers.
    The Lukert’s

  14. Bob and Linda Poston says:

    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We have such great memories of her and your Dad. They were a great couple. Love her obituary’s humor. It fits your family perfectly. I hope she has her frying pan with her to keep your Dad in line! We miss them, but often enjoy recalling the times we shared. Your wonderful memories will help carry you through. You were blessed with a special mother. She will be missed.

  15. Gwen Barrett Howell says:

    Barbara, Greg and Michael,
    Sending prayers for peace and comfort. Wish I could be with you tomorrow. Your mom was always so nice to me and I loved her sense of humor .

  16. Curtis Miller says:

    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal
    Sincere condolences to your family.

  17. Mary Alice Garvin says:

    Your Mom was a very ‘special’ lady and was always very helpful to anyone who needed any kind of assistance. I am so sorry for your loss, however she isn’t lost because we know where she is now. (“Safe in the arms of Jesus”). My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

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