Mrs. Carolyn Fike Barkley

November 16, 1946 – September 18, 2021

She was born November 16, 1946 to Horace and Maggie Fike in the Collbran Community and died Saturday, September 18, 2021 after a five year battle with cancer. She was saved at Gravel Hill Baptist in May of 1961 during VBS and joined the church with 14 others on June 6, 1961. She served there as a teacher, VBS director, treasurer, and lastly as clerk. She had a heart for missions from a young age especially the Lottie Moon program in support of foreign missions and the Annie Armstrong program in support of North American missions. She also encouraged all to support Samaritan’s Purse and drove the church OCC program to pack as many boxes as possible. She was a proud member of FPHS class of 1965 and maintained lifelong friendships with her classmates. In 1969 she married Charles Barkley and they were together 39 years until his death in 2008. In 1976 she began work at Fort Payne Drug on 1st Street and continued at the store on Forest Avenue helping many customers with their needs. After it was sold she continued with Rite Aid on Gault Avenue until her retirement as a Pharmacy Tech in 2015 after almost 40 years of serving the public.

Flowers are accepted. A church celebration of life memorial service will be at a later date.

Mrs. Barkley was preceded in death by her husband Charles Barkley, parents Maggie and Horace Fike, in-laws Marvin and Ida Barkley, brothers Jasper Fike and Edward Fike, and sisters-in-law Tony Fike, Ruth Fike and Carol Jean Fike.

She is survived by:

Nieces: Jo Hanson (Johnnie), Elaine Little (Phil), Brenda Barkley, & Betty Fike

Nephew: Ronnie Barkley

Great-Nieces: Wendy Klinzak (Jon) & Dr. Ashley Hanson

Great-Nephew: Rob Little

Great Great-Nephews: Robert Hanson (Joselyn) & Christian Gabriel

Great Great-Niece: Kayla Smith (Lee)

Great Great Great-Niece: Violet Hanson

Great Great Great-Nephew: Maddox Smith

Special thanks to all who provided food, sent cards, called, and offered encouragement in any ways during her illness as well as those at Encompass Hospice and the ladies who sat with her.


Date of Visitation: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Visitation Location: Burt Chapel-Fort Payne

Visitation Time: 9:00 AM-8:00 PM


Date of Funeral: The Family is having a private Graveside Service

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Officiating: Rev. John Keefe & Rev. Ronald Berry

Burial Location: Gravel Hill Cemetery

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8 entries.
Susan white from Collinsville wrote on September 22, 2021 at 10:22 pm
Such a sweet lady I’m glad I got to know her. When mrs Barkley was in the nursing home and again when I joined Gravel Hill Church. Jason and I send our simpathy. If there’s anything we can do please let us know
Ruby & Jerry Baker from Fort Payne, AL wrote on September 22, 2021 at 3:33 am
Sweet Carolyn had such a kind spirit -always the same. She will be missed.
Janice Burt from Collinsville/Collbran community wrote on September 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm
Carolyn is special in so many ways. She loved her community and her church and all of her friends and classmates. She will greatly be missed in our little community. I know you’re enjoying heaven and seeing all your loved ones. Until we see each other again.You will be missed.
CHARLOTTE and Leon Dooley from Fort Payne Al wrote on September 21, 2021 at 2:10 pm
Our hearts are sad of the passing of our dear friend. I know she is rejoicing with Jesus and Charles. We will always remember the the good times we had together. You will be in our hearts. Love always until we see you again.
Martha Whaley from Ft Payne wrote on September 21, 2021 at 1:48 pm
Carolyn, I’m so sorry you’re no longer here with us, I know Heaven is sweeter since you’re there. 🌹Martha🌹
Penny Fuller from Fort Payne wrote on September 21, 2021 at 3:01 am
She was a lifelong neighbor and friend. We weren’t blood but her and Charlie always claimed me, my kids, and my siblings as their own. We love you dearly and will miss knowing you are just across the road. Give Charlie a big hug for us until we see you both again one day.
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Kelly Owen from Ft Payne wrote on September 20, 2021 at 10:41 pm
The Owen Family dearly loved Carolyn. So many years, stories and laughter we shared with her!
She had a kind soul;
Hid Bless You Carolyn. We ‘ll see you in Heaven one day.

Kelly Owen
Randy Harwood from Arab wrote on September 20, 2021 at 10:40 pm
I had the great pleasure of working with Carolyn at Fort Payne Drug for 7 years. She was the sweetest lady I ever knew. I joined the military in 1979 and she gave me a New Testament with my name for me to take with me to basic training. It is one of my most treasured possessions. She is with her Savior now and enjoying heaven. Earth lost a great lady. Heaven gained a Saint.

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