Lake City 2016 parade Grant Marshals told

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Harold "Sonny" Barker has been honored with the title of grand marshal for the 2016 Lake City Christmas Parade. The junior grand marshal will be Callen Rhea Eakins.

The Lake City Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Line up and judging will be held at the ball park. The parade will end at the fire station where refreshments will be served. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be at the fire station to visit with all of the children.

This year's parade chair is Daniel Haynes.

Grand Marshal Barker was born Aug. 10, 1934, to Cloyd "Son" Barker and Effie Charles Barker near Lake City. He has two brothers Robert Barker, of Lake City, and Duane "Butch" Barker, of Sherwood.

Harold married Ida South on Jan. 22, 1954. They have one son, R. Kim Barker, his wife Gail, two grandchildren Katie Barker, Kari Ann Davis (Blake), and one great-grandson, Caleb Aaron Davis, all of Jonesboro.

Mr. Barker was in the auto parts business for 55 years. He owned an auto parts store in Lake City and was with A&G Auto Parts in Jonesboro for 19 years before moving to Fort Smith and becoming vice-president/general manager for Auto Parts and Tire. After 20 years in that position he retired, and he and his wife moved back to Lake City and built a home.

Mr. Barker has become very active in the community. He and Mrs. Barker are active members of the First Baptist Church in Lake City. Mr. Barker serves as a deacon as well as serving on several church committees. He is also the chairman of the City of Lake City Planning and Zoning Board and has been an alderman of the Lake City Council for 10 years.

Mr. Barker stays busy. He drives part-time for Cavanaugh Ford of Jonesboro. During the harvest season he works in the office for Southland Gin. Hard work, a busy life, a pleasant smile, and a loving Christian attitude are just a few of the things that make Mr. Barker the man he is.

Callen Rhea Eakins was selected as the unior grand marshall for the Lake City Christmas Parade. Callen, 3, is the son of Daniel and Kasey Eakins of Lake City. He is the grandson of Tommy and Karen Eakins of Lake City, as well as Mark and Kay Parrish of Monette.

Callen attends Kidspot Plus Daycare in Lake City where he enjoys painting, singing and dancing and building big towers with his classmates. He loves spending time with his cousins, Ryley and Parker Eakins, as well all his friends and family. His favorite place to go is to the cabin and woods with his Papa to look for deer. Callen also likes to make trips to Jordan's Quick Stop in the morning to say hi to all his buddies drinking coffee.

Callen will be riding in a 1924 Ford Model T Touring Car for this year's parade.

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