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home : obituaries : obituaries January 23, 2022

11/16/2021 3:13:00 PM
Charles Franklin Barkley
January 18, 1938 - November 11, 2021

LEXINGTON, S.C. - Charles Franklin Barkley, 83, formerly of Newton, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Wellmore of Lexington in Lexington, S.C. where he currently lived.

He was born January 18, 1938 in Catawba County to the late Ernest Franklin Barkley and Edna Cline Barkley. Charles was a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Hickory. Following his retirement from General Electric, he owned and operated Barkley Distributors where he sold knives at local flea markets and county fairs. He loved camping, traveling, was an avid golfer and gardener, and enjoyed being among people.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ray Austin; and stepmother, Ruth Barkley.

Those left to cherish his memory is his son Michael “Mike” Barkley of Irmo, S.C.; grandson Chris Barley of Irmo, S.C.; companion of 10 years Bessie Kanipe of Newton; stepsisters Judy Barkley of Hickory, Pat Barkley Allen and husband Ronny of Shelby; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service to celebrate Charles’ life was held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Hickory. Rev. Randall Cauble officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Condolences may be sent to the Barkley family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Barkley family.

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