Judy Kay Nickell Barker, January 24, 1946~October 29, 2014

Barker 2Judy Kay Nickell Barker, 68, of Fayetteville passed away peacefully on October 29, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville with her loved ones by her side. She was born January 24, 1946 in Fayetteville to Howard and Blanche Nickell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Blanche Nickell; paternal grandparents, Richard and Alpha Nickell; maternal grandparents, Charles and Althea Sandlain; uncles; aunts; nephews; nieces; sister in-laws; brother in-laws; and cousins.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, William “Buddy” Barker; two married daughters, Melissa and Marc Lininger of Bella Vista; and Dena and Jeff McCleland of McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.; eight grandchildren, Bethanie Edwards, Weston Lininger, Chasten and Samantha Luther,  and Jordan, Brayden, Ty and Lane McCleland ;two great- granddaughters, Alice and Addison; three loving sisters,  Joann and Dan Gladden, Mary and Tom Layer, and Sandy Burton and Rick Williams; sister-in-law, Bobbie and TJ Williams; brother-in-law, Willie Dorsey; sister-in-law, Sandy McClelland;  many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends and neighbors.

Judy loved spending time outdoors camping, four wheeling, hunting, and fishing with her loving husband, family, and their best friends. She was very active in her children and grandchildren’s sporting activities and spent several years coaching softball. She loved taking her grandchildren on weekend trips and family vacations. She was also an avid Razorback fan and loved the St. Louis Cardinals.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She spent most of her working years at Ayshire Electronics where she met a lot of great people and made some special friendships.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the funeral home with the Reverend Gene Fulcher officiating. Interment will follow in Nickell Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

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    Missy VanBrunt Todd » 30. Oct, 2014

    Judy was a very special lady. I had the pleasure of working with her at Ayrshire.Electronics. One of strongest ladies I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I know she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
    God Bless

    Bill and Mickie Jackson » 30. Oct, 2014

    Mickie and I are so very saddened by your loss. Judy was always so outgoing and personalble when we were together, and made everyone feel welcome and at ease. We know she will be missed but also know she is with God and smiling down on all of her family and friends!

    Bo&Pat Glisson » 30. Oct, 2014

    So sorry to hear of your loss she will be missed . We were best friends in high school and I will always have the memories we made God bless you and your family in your time of loss Judy was a wonderful person and dear friend one of the old gang has gone but not forgotten

    TJ & Bobbie Williams » 30. Oct, 2014

    Judy was a very strong woman. She proved that by the way she handled her illness. She will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers are with the whole family & friends of Judy. She will be truly missed but I know she is in a much better place.

    bill&Sharon rogers » 30. Oct, 2014

    Buddy and family we are so sorry for your lose, Bud you did a great job of taking care of Judy, we will all miss her. We had a lot of fun fishing in !Minnesota, Judy really loved to fishing and seems like she always caught the biggest fish. Prayers for all the family.

    Name » 31. Oct, 2014

    Melissa and Dena. My daddy just told me. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. Judy was a special lady. I have a bunch of great memories of her:). Love you all. Pam Gibson-Walker.

    Barbara Springston » 31. Oct, 2014

    Buddy & family, we are so sorry for your loss. Judy was a real sweet lady and will be missed. Carl & I enjoyed worshipping with you at Calvary Baptist Church, Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Carl & Barbara Springston

    Tammy Plumlee » 31. Oct, 2014

    I had the pleasure of working with Judy for several years. She was
    Full of energy and life. She was A great lady. She will be greatly missed.
    Many prayers for her family as they go through this difficult time.

    God Bless

    Kenneth and connie fields » 31. Oct, 2014

    So sorry for you loss.

    Dan & Judy Morgan » 31. Oct, 2014

    Buddy and Family, We are so sorry for your loss.