George Henry Barker
b. 24 March 1901, d. 23 April 1986
- George Henry Barker was born on 24 March 1901 in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, near Hixson.
- He applied for a passport on 17 April 1920 while living in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee.
- He married Edna Lovelace on 14 February 1927 in Franklin County, Tennessee.
- George Henry Barker and Edna Lovelace appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Indianola, Sunflower County, Mississippi, at 703 Alexander Avenue. Also in the household was daughter Carolyn Barker (age 2 years 5 months), as well as one female roomer.
- He was employed as a bookkeeper by a bank, according to the 1930 census.
- The 1940 census finds Edna Barker, and children Carolyn (age 12) and George (9), living with her parents in Indianola.
- He enlisted as a private in the US Army on 7 October 1942, in Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County, Georgia.
- He married Lucy Landon Hall, daughter of William Bonnell Hall and Irene Sample Ellerbe, on 11 March 1970 in Sewanee, The University of the South, Franklin County, Tennessee, at All Saints' Chapel.
- The following appeared in The Sewanee News (March 1970): Class Notes ('26) George H. Barker married Miss Landon Hall in All Saints’ Chapel last March 11. They are living in Sewanee. She is the daughter of former Vice-Chancellor William B. Hall, who held the University’s top post from 1909-1914.
And in December 1970: Class Notes ('26) George Barker and his wife, the former Landon Hall, have moved into their new home at Sewanee, on a site near SMA.
- George Henry Barker died on 23 April 1986 at age 85 in Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee.
- His wife Lucy Landon Hall became a widow at his death.
- He was buried at University of the South Cemetery in Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee.
- The following appeared in The Sewanee News (April 1986): In Memoriam . . . George Henry Barker, C'26, retired assistant University treasurer, captain of Sewanee's 1925 football team, and a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame; on April 23, 1986, in Sewanee. A native of Chattanooga, he was an outstanding athlete at Baylor School before being guided to Sewanee by Alexander Guerry, later University Vice-Chancellor. Called "Zany" Barker by his friends, he played old-style quarterback and safety on the last Tiger football team to defeat Vanderbilt (when Vanderbilt was a southern power) — a 16-0 victory on Thanksgiving Day in 1924. The next year he was captain and received the Porter Cup as the outstanding athlete of the year. He served in the Army during World War II. He returned to Sewanee and served as assistant treasurer from 1949 until his retirement in 1966. His widow is Landon Hall Barker of Sewanee. He is also survived by two children, Mrs. Homer Barnes and George L. Barker, C'53.
- The following appeared in The Sewanee News (October 1990): Landon Hall Barker, daughter of former Vice-Chancellor (1909-1914), Regent (1914-1934), and retired teacher of science William Bonnell Hall, established a scholarship fund [William Bonnell Hall and Irene Ellerbe Hall Memorial Scholarship] in memory of her father and mother. The income from this fund, now in excess of $173,000, is to be used for scholarships to aid pre-medical students or students majoring in chemistry or biology. Landon Hall Barker, who was born in the house now known as the French House, was the wife of George Henry Barker, C'26, captain of the 1924 Sewanee football team (the last year in which Sewanee defeated Vanderbilt).
- Last Edited: 12 Sep 2015