Gladys Asbill Barker, age 94 of Carthage passed away peacefully Sunday morning, August 16, 2020 at her home.


A native of Randolph County she was a daughter of the late Earl and Maggie Dowdy Asbill. 


Gladys was a hard worker. She enjoyed gardening and working outdoors. She mowed her own grass until two years ago. She also enjoyed cooking, canning and freezing various fruits and vegetables and didn’t mind sharing with others. 


She was proud of her boys who cared for her with love. She would make a list for them and they would do everything that she needed done. Gladys was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She worked for Pinehurst as a housekeeper for several years. 


She was preceded in death by her husband David Barker; son Darrell Wayne Barker; brothers Vernon and Ray Asbill; sisters Mary Harris and Doris Bunnell.


She is survived by her two sons, David Norman Barker and wife Helen of Carthage, James Arthur Barker and wife Ruth of Cameron; brother Sam Asbill and wife Betty of Carthage; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren.  


She was an active member of Priest Hill Presbyterian Church where her service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM with The Rev. Archie Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in Cross Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends outside the church starting at 10:00 AM. With current restrictions the service will be limited to 50 people inside the sanctuary and masks will be required. 


The Barker family would like to thank the caregivers who helped them over the last few months; Brenda, Rhonda, Belinda and Hannah. 


Memorials may be made to Priest Hill Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 176, Carthage, NC 28327.


Services entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.


Online Condolences may be made at


Visitation: August 18, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Priest Hill Presbyterian Church
2792 Old River Road
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: August 18, 2020 11:00 am

Priest Hill Presbyterian Church
2792 Old River Road
Carthage, NC 28327


Committal :

Cross Hill Cemetery
McReynolds Street
Carthage, NC 28327

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  1. Sorry for you guys loss,i know she will be missed. I have always heard good things about Mrs. Barker may she rest in peace.

  2. I certainly will miss Glayds at my beauty shop! One of my favorite clients. Her sense of humor had me laughing at times. Was always appreciative of me being her beautician. And when I was out of work for back surgery, she couldn’t wait for me to reopen. My prayers for the family that God’s Grace will help you in those hours and days of when you miss her the most! God Bless all of Ms Glayds’ Family! Love y’all!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I met Gladys in 1978 when I went to work at CCNC as Housekeeping Director.
    She was senior Crew Chief of rental homes. What an inspiration she was, depended on her so much as I had little experience. I will remember her as friend and mentor.
    She loved God and her family in that order.
    Nancy Lawrence

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