A face that people grew to know, respect and love will now be honored each year at North Lincoln High School.
Annette Barker, who was known to many as an asset to the community, moved to the Denver area at the age of 15. She fell in love with Johnny Barker, got married and had a child named Haley.
She grew very involved in the community as a teacherâ€™s assistant at Catawba Springs Elementary School, taught pre-school at Westport Baptist Church and was employed at Denverâ€™s Farm Bureau. She also got involved in the North Lincoln High Schoolâ€™s Sports Booster Club.
She had dreams of going back to school to become a teacher.
But her life was cut short at the age of 41 on Feb. 5 to a battle against cancer.
â€œShe was so helpful to the school and sports boosters,â€ said Marvin Melton, her former boss at Denverâ€™s Farm Bureau office and vice-president of the NLHS sports boosters. â€œAfter her passing we wanted to recognize her on a continuing basis.â€
In honor of her memory, at the North Lincoln High School awards day on May 26, the North Lincoln Sports Boosters Club will give the first scholarship to a graduating senior in Annette Barkerâ€™s name.
The club will hold a barbecue fund-raiser on May 20 at the Denver United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3910 N. North N.C. 16 in order to raise money for the scholarship.
Meals will be served from 11 a.m. until.
Johnny Barker said he felt it was an honor to remember his wife in such a worthwhile way.
â€œI knew I wanted to do something for her but I didnâ€™t know what,â€ he said. â€œBut this is perfect.â€
Barker was diagnosed Aug 18, 2004 with pancreatic cancer. She went in for surgery for what she thought was a gallbladder problem.
Barker said his wife was able to be with her daughter for her birthday on Dec. 20 and for Christmas.
After her passing, he said the community has been nothing but supportive.
â€œJust by the amount of people who came to the funeral and the receiving of the cards. Itâ€™s been unbelievable,â€ he said. â€œI expect the fund-raiser to be a big success.â€
Want to Go?
The fund-raiser will be held at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N. N.C. 16. Meals will be served from 11 a.m. until. Deliveries will be available. Plates are $7 and include barbecue, slaw, chips, beans and dessert. Tickets are available at Peoples Bank in Denver and Lincolnton and at the Farm Bureau in Denver and Lincolnton. Or by calling Ron Barker at the Lincoln Times-News, 704-735-3031.
by Amy Wadsworth