Ray H. Barker & Ruth E. Lloyd


Ray Herman Barker Ruth Elizabeth Lloyd
Birth 1 January 1897
Terhune, Indiana
17 May 1902
Fairmount, Indiana
Marriage 16 May 1925, Fairmount, Indiana
Death 19 February 1980
Marion, Indiana
29 January 1989
Wilmington, Ohio

This grave I visit often. I was fortunate enough to have
known both of my father’s parents and was honored to have been
a pallbearer at each of their funerals. So finding this grave
not an adventure, it was more of a pilgrimage.

My grandmother clearly remembers the first time she saw
my grandfather. She was sitting at a second floor window and
saw him approaching the building. She was instantly drawn to
him, she described feeling like she was being pulled out the
window down to him. Love at first sight. They had four sons
and more than fifty years together.

Fairmount Cemetery has another celebrity buried nearby my
grandparents. If you’ve ever visited James Dean’s grave,
then you’ve only been a couple of dozen meters away from
Ray & Ruth Barker.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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