Thursday, February 16, 2023


MRS. MILDRED “VIRGINIA” JOHNSON BARKLEY, 97 of Jasper passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Northside Hospital - Cherokee in Canton, Georgia.

Mrs. Barkley was a lifelong resident of Summerville until 2017 when she moved to Jasper to be with her son. She was born August 23, 1925 in Summerville, Georgia to the late John Samuel Johnson and the late Ruth May Blalock. She was a true Prayer Warrior and member of the Summerville First Baptist Church where she taught a Ladies Sunday School Class for many years. She retired in 1985 after 25 years of service from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Chattooga ASCS Office where she worked closely with the farmers of Chattooga County. In 2019, she became a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Husband, Robert “Bob” Barkley, Sr., (a decorated WWII Combat Veteran) and three Brothers, J.S. Johnson, Jr., Harold Johnson, and Arnold Johnson.

Surviving are her Son and very special Daughter in law, Robert “Robby” Barkley, Jr. & Mary Barkley; Two Grandsons, Paul Barkley (III) and Brandon Barkley, Three Great Granddaughters Dannin Rose Barkley, Liliana Barkley & Olivia Laurel Barkley. Several Nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Monday, February 20th, 2023 at the Summerville First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Mason and Rev. Barry Peppers officiating. Burial will follow in the Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Mark Schrader, Joseph Jackson, Joe Barkley, Mike Tomlin, Ross Clifton, Doug Carlock, Nick Chamblee and Lamar Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Joy Club from the Summerville First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Monday from Noon until 2 PM at the church.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Summerville First Baptist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mildred “Virginia” Barkley.

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