Mary Evelyn Barger, 85, of Cleveland, passed away, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospice facility.
She grew up attending South Cleveland Church of God and later attended First United Methodist Church.
She loved to can vegetables out of the garden. In her younger days she was an avid bowler. She was employed at Grabers clothing store and was a Realtor, working for Cherokee Land Company, Renner Realty and Phillips Realty. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, R.D. Lee; parents, Elmer Morgan and Carrie Wilcox Morgan; and siblings: Leroy Morgan, Clyde Morgan, Woodrow Morgan, Helen Ogle, Louise Patterson and Lillian Trickel.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim Barger of Cleveland; son, Steve Barger and daughter-in-law, Tonya Thompson-Barger of Cleveland and son, David Lee of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Taylor and Alexia Thompson of Cleveland; two brothers-in-law: Clifford Barger and his wife, Patsy, and Lynn Gobble, all of Cleveland; and three sisters-in-law: Nell Barger of Chattanooga, Judy Barger of Easley, S.C., and Ruby Morgan of Clearwater, Fla.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Cleveland with the Rev. Drew Henry and Pastor Tim Bracken officiating.
Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Mike Patterson, Tim Patterson, Kirk Gobble, Brian Copeland, Jared Gaston and Taylor Thompson serving as pallbearers. Terry Gaston, Terry Barger, Brian Patterson and George Patterson will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Grissom Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose one hour at the church prior to the service.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Chattanooga.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Barger family guestbook at www.grissomfh.net.
Mark S. Grissom is the funeral director.