Mrs. Barker passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at UAB Hospital. She was born on December 23, 1949 in Society Hill, Alabama to James Earl Kelly and Willa Dean Kelly Rector. She was a member of Alex City Church of Christ and Chelsea Church of Christ. Avis was a very spiritual lady and loved the Lord with all of her heart. She was a wonderful role model for others. She never judged anyone and always had a positive word to share. She loved going to the beach and was the #1 baby nurse at Russell Hospital and was well known for her baby swaddling skills. She loved her whole family and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her son, Robert Clifford “Cliff” Barker (Ragan) of Chelsea; daughters, Dorothy Ann “Dottie” Gordy (Jody) of Goodwater and Crystal Barker Fennell (Brandon) of Wilsonville; grandchildren, Tiffany Ann Gordy, Adriana Gordy, Makenzie Fennell, Vance Barker and Tyson Fennell; brother, Marion Frank Kelly (Linda) of Alexander City and Charles L. Kelly (Nell) of Alexander City; sisters, Mary Jane K. Strickland of Alexander City, Tanya Dawn K. Schindler (Ted) of Alexander City and Brenda Gayle K. Dunham (Tim) of Goodwater; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Hunter Bear.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Elam Barker; and great-grandson, Carter Wyatt Smith.
Radney Funeral Home of Alexander City, Al. is directing.