Funeral services for Mr. W.C. Barger, 91, were held on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Roy Prather officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Barger passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
He was born in the Cedar Community of Freestone County on November 5, 1925. He attended the Freestone School then Teague High School and graduated with the class of 1942. Mr. Barger married Zelma Rogers and shared almost sixty-two years of marriage together before being separated by her death in 2008. He lived in Dallas with his sister while working his first grocery job for Safeway. He returned to Teague and partnered in business with his brother, Homer, operating the Humble Service Station on Main Street. In 1953, he purchased a grocery store on the west end of Main St. in Teague and founded Barger’s Grocery. He added a location in Donie in 1971, and operated it a couple of years before selling. In 1972, he moved the original store to a new location at 600 Main St. in Teague where it remained until 1988. After the closing of his grocery store, he went to work for Ricks Funeral Home. He assisted countless bereaved families for over twenty years for Ricks and later Bowers Funeral Home in both Teague and Jewett as well as assisting other funeral homes in the area. Throughout all this time, W.C. still found time to be a rancher and raise cattle and was active in numerous civic organizations in Teague including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Teague Volunteer Fire Dept., and served some twenty-five years as a Teague Independent School District Board of Trustee, President of the school board for many of those years.
Mr. Barger maintained a strong faith in God all of his life. He was a member of Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague since joining in 1953. He was ordained as a deacon in June of 1954 and served as chairman of the deacons for many years. His active church life included teaching Sunday school for many years, including teaching at the nursing home, serving as church treasurer, and being involved in numerous church committees and activities through the years.
He is survived by two daughters, Pat Cothran and Judy Lucas, both of Teague; one son, Glenn Ray Barger of Donie; five grandchildren, Nannette Posey, Sheila LaFoy, Wade Cothran and wife, Lisa, Jason Barger, and Brittnee Cathey; eight great-grandchildren, Amber Stacks and husband Walt, Matthew Anderson and wife, Lauren, Emily Boyd, Shelby LaFoy, Morgan Posey, Cameron Cothran, Westyn Barger, and Maze Cathey; three great-great-grandchildren, Lucas Stacks, Rylee Stacks, and Maddox Stacks; one sister, Opal Gibson of Chandler; one brother, Rev. Orval Barger and wife, Ruby, of Livingston; five sisters-in-law, Bonnie Barger, Faye Miller, Bobbie Harville, Marie Byrne and husband, Tom, and Jerry Rogers; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends including special friend, Grace Holmes, of Teague.
Mr. Barger was preceded in death by his wife, Zelma Barger; one grandson, Jeff Lucas; his parents, William Mitchell and Clemmie Barger; one sister, Gracie Christian; two brothers, Homer Barger and Herbert Barger; and a son-in-law, Skipper Cothran.
The family request memorials be made to the Jeff Lucas Scholarship Fund, c/o Freestone Credit Union, P. O. Box 210, Teague, Texas 75860 or to Eighth Avenue Baptist Church, 201 S. 8th Ave, Teague, Texas 75860.
Bowers Funeral Home of Teague was in charge of all the arrangements. Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.