William "Bill" Jennings Barker

William Jennings Barker, age 77, of Nashville TN passed away July 14 2022. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 32 years Roseanna Barker , his parents Ammi and Mary Barker of Pittsburgh PA, and sister Janice Merriman of Hamilton IN. He is survived by his son William (Dana) Barker, daughter Brigitte (Addio) Fiordigigli , daughter Kelly (Tim) Millar, sister Virginia Barker Panucci of Cape Coral Florida, grandchildren William (Aleecia ) Barker, Willow Barker, AJ Fiordigigli, Nico Fiordigigli and Arianna Fiordigigli along with numerous nieces and nephews . He was born January 1, 1945, in Pittsburgh Pa. Bill grew up in Pittsburgh PA where he attended Penn State University. He served for 6 years in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War –becoming a machinist for the Navy and serving both foreign (overseas) and domestically. He was very proud of his military service. He later moved from Pittsburgh and settled in Nashville TN where he enjoyed fishing, boating and family life. He loved Titans football, politics, mathematics, tools and so much more. He would do anything for his family and friends and would help anyone who asked. He made everyone who knew him laugh at all the stories he shared. He will be greatly missed. Our family is grateful to know that Bill is at peace. A Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2022 with Military Honors at Nashville National Cemetery, 1420 Gallatin Pike South, Madison, TN 37115.

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  1. I met Bill in 2005 or 2006 while tailgating at Titan’s games. Son Bill and grandson Billy were ways with him and he was very proud of his boys! A tradition he started was a “toast” we all shared prior to the game. The appropriate beverage he provided was poured from a red gallon gasoline container! He was a great fan and friend.

  2. I met Bill when he started dating Roseanna. Roseanna and I had grown up together. I remember when they visited my family in Sarasota FL. What a wild time that was playing crazy card games in the kitchen. My sympathy to Kelly, Billy and Bridget.

  3. Q: Did William “Bill” have any pets? A: Of course, there are many memories of Uncle Bill. The one that always sticks out for me was when Uncle Bill needed a place for their dog, we took the little guy in for over a year. When he was ready to have him back, it was hard for my husband, Jim, to give him back. We knew Uncle Bill needed him back though. So, Uncle Bill came back up to Indiana to take him back home with him. When I was a child and would stay with Uncle Bill and Aunt Sue, they had geese. They scared me to death. They would have me go out to try to collect the eggs. It never went well, and Uncle Bill would have to do it. Yummy eggs though. He loved animals and it seemed he always had some sort of animal. Just as he was with his pets, he was the same with everyone in his life. He has a huge heart, and I was blessed to call him my uncle.

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