John Barkley

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When Minister

Pastor - Central Christian Church

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Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA, with Pastor John Barkley of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating.

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AUSTIN (KXAN) - When Minister John Barkley and his wife, Bee Barkley went to visit Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson at their Johnson City ranch, they often chatted late into the night.
The friendship between the two couples arose when the Johnsons started worshiping at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Downtown Austin, where Barkley served as pastor for almost three decades. In return for Ms. Barkley's help, LBJ, never a stranger to wheeling and dealing, offered the minister a spot on the inaugural platform in January of 1961, delivering the inaugural prayer. After Minister Barkley arrived at Central Christian in the fall of 1941, he committed himself to making at least 100 pastoral visits a month, counseling those in need and recruiting members. The congregation swelled from just a few hundred to well over 1,000. Barkley also devoted himself to civil rights issues.

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Grant County News Columns & Comment

In the spring of 1970, Father John Barkley, the Episcopal minister at Hyannis and a former advertising man, decided to attempt to reinstate a county paper.John, wife Gloria, children Cheryl, Alison and Brad, along with Sharon M. Wheelock, worked a few months readying the old office and machinery.On July 30, 1970, they started the process for the first issue of the Grant County News, Present for the first run were John Barkley, Sharon M. Wheelock and A. W. ìBoatî Metcalf.Sharon, having worked as reporter and correspondent for the newspaper since 1956, had served under four publishers: Orien B. Winter, John Barkley, Barb Merrihew and Jim Likens, while bringing up five children: Robyn, James, Londa, Chris and Lance.

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