James graduated from Humphrey High School in Humphrey, Arkansas. He was an Army Veteran during the Korean War. He was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 37 years before retiring. He then drove a school bus for the Seaman School District for 10 years. He was an active member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Perry where he served as a Deacon.
James married Carolyn L. Weatherley on June 25, 1954, in Stuggart, Arkansas. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2018. James was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Barger and Bill Barger.
Survivors include children, Steve (Lisa) Barger of Burlingame, one granddaughter, Brook (Faron) Moore of Topeka, one great-granddaughter, Carolyn Rae of Topeka, his sister, Betty Nioce of Horton, Kansas and his sister-in-law, Linda Weatherly of Topeka.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Perry. Inurnment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery southeast of Topeka. Masks and social distancing are suggested.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the First Missionary Baptist Church, 106 N. Elm St., Perry, Kansas 66073.
- Courtesy of Dove Cremations and Funerals