- Local Guide
Thomas B. Barkley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at home with his family at his side.
He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph H. and Sarah Ruth (Orr) Barkley.
Dec. 20, 1953, he married Joan Work, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1970.
Feb. 3, 1974, he married Louise Lewis, who survives.
Mr. Barkley was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a church elder.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1950.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Barkley worked as chief assessor of Jefferson County.
He was a member of John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge No. 534, Coudersport Consistory, Jaffa Shrine of Altoona, Jefferson County Shrine Club, Jefferson County ATC Unit of Jaffa Shrine and the BPO Elks No. 301.
He also served as a board member for the Punxsutawney Area Community Center, the Jefferson County Housing Authority, the Community Concert series and the Royal Order of Jesters No. 70.
In addition to his second wife, surviving relatives include a son, Gary Barkley and wife Karen of Marion Center; a granddaughter, Kendell Barkley of Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Ann Mumper of Punxsutawney; a brother, James Barkley of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, John (Jack) Barkley, Joseph (Harold) Barkley, Robert Barkley, Edward Barkley and Donald Barkley; and a sister, Helen Barkley White.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, at Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, with Pastor Brett Swanson officiating.
Interment will be at Lakelawn Memorial Park.
The family has suggested that memorials be made to Asera Care Hospice, 231 Allegheny Blvd., Brookville, Pa. 15825; the Jaffa Shrine Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 984, Altoona, Pa. 16603; the American Cancer Society; or to the charity of the donor's choice.