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Matthew Joseph Barker

July 18, 1977 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 43)


Matthew Joseph Barker, age 43, passed on this life on January 5, 2021 at his home in Shawneetown.  Matt as most knew him was born in Evansville, IN on July 18, 1977 to the late Gary Barker and Jolena (Lane) Patterson who survives.

Matt worked in the coal mines for many years but most recently owned and operated Barker construction.  He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.   He loved the wind in his face while riding his motorcycle, or running his truck in the mud.  He was an hard worker, kind, and always had a smile.  His soul was fully of empathy for others.  He loved his children with his whole heart.   Matt will be so missed by his family and friends.

Matt is survived by his children, Dylan Mathias Barker, Trendon Lucas Moore, Bryeton James Barker and Brayelyn Jewels Barker.  His mother, Jolena Patterson, brothers, Richie Hyatt, Jeffrey Hyatt, Jeff Barker and Gary Barker, sisters, Brianna Bean and Christine McCabe. 

A memorial service celebrating Matt’s life will be held at a future date at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown.

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