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Deurie Kelley Barker

September 29, 1935 — September 8, 2023


Deurie Kelley Barker



Deurie Kelley Barker, 87, of Sanford, passed away on Friday September 8, 2023. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday (9/13/2023) at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home. Mrs. Barker will lie in state from 2-3pm before the service.


Deurie was born in Concord, NC to the late Ethel Ketner Kelley and James Henry Kelly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, John Oliver Barker; sisters Thelma Mae Kelley, Earline Kelley Stone, Bernice Kelley, June Kelley Thomas, and Retha Kelley Seagroves; and brother Melvin Paul Kelley.


Deurie was a current member of Solid Rock Community Church, however, she taught children’s Sunday School classes at Grace Chapel for over 21 years. Deurie retired after 32 years with the J.C. Penney Company. She was a talented quilter who won many ribbons at the Lee County Fair over the years. In 2018 she rediscovered her love of painting while attending Shirley Romero’s painting classes and created dozens of beautiful oil paintings.


Deurie was survived by her daughters Cathy Barker Giles (Wayne) and Vicky Barker Long (Morris); son John Oliver Barker Jr.; grandchildren Drew Long, Kelley Long Wollgast, Chris Martin, Dereck Martin, Philip Giles, and Branson Barker; great grandchildren Brycen Long, Carson Long, Isaiah Martin, Lydia Martin, Julia Martin, Giana Martin, Cooper Martin, and Tessa Martin.



Memorial contributions can be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Fund, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238 or at

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home

509 Carthage St, Sanford, NC 27330

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