©2012 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL
Rhea Barker celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, September 16. She
resides at Wellington Place.
|Published: 10:35 AM, 09/18/2012
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Rhea Barker officially turned 100 years old
Sunday, September 16, but celebrations began Friday afternoon with a birthday
party at Wellington Place where she has resided since 2008.
Barker was born September 16, 1912, in the Boyds Creek
community of Sevier County, a child of George and Hettie (White) Parton.
She was one of eight children born to the couple,
including sisters Ethel Parton Rogers and Velma Parton Clabo and brothers
Arnold, Adam, Dallas, and Plez, all of whom are now deceased.
Her dad was a farmer and was noted for making molasses.
When asked if she was a UT Vols fan, Barker laughed and
said, "I like any kind of ballgame. I used to play ball. I was a good
She married a neighbor boy, Beecher Barker, and the
couple had one daughter Johnnie.
Beecher worked for the State of Tennessee and his job
brought the little family to Newport about 1950.
Initially they lived in the Irish Cut area, where they
became loyal members of Lowe's Chapel Baptist Church. They are remembered as
part of a quartet that sang at numerous religious events and funerals.
Later they moved to a home on Lincoln Avenue, where she
resided until she moved to Wellington Place.
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