George Lafayette Barger, Sr.

April 11, 1935 - July 29, 2018
George Lafayette Barger, Sr.


George L. Barger, Sr., age 83, went home to be with his heavenly Father on July 29, 2018.

He was born April 11, 1935 in Catawba County to Ida Mae Smith and Ellis Barger.

George served his country in the United States Army as a Chinese translator during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 30 years, retiring as postmaster in Taylorsville, NC. He then became an accomplished duplicate bridge player and enjoyed nothing more than playing cards and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Frankie Harrison; his sisters, Ruth Starnes, Mary Bolick, Beulah Cline, Lois Simmons, Margaret Hefner, and Helen Probst; and his brothers, Claude, Ralph and John Barger.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Peggy Smith Barger; his son, George Barger, Jr; his daughter, Kristi Barger Simms and husband Steve Simms; and his beloved granddaughters Vivian and Amelia Simms; and his sister, Edith Icard.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran ELCA, 12 N.6th Street, Wilmington, NC on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 2 p.m.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • July 31, 2018
    Cory Martin says:
    I am very sorry for your loss. George sounds like a very interesting man.

  • August 01, 2018
    Sheilia Fox says:
    Peggy, I am so sorry. I will be thinking about you and your family during this time. May precious memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  • August 01, 2018
    Nancy matheson says:
    I so sorry to hear about George. You both helped me so much when I started duplicate bridge.We miss you and am glad you have your family to help you through the hard times ahead.

  • August 01, 2018
    Dick Lowry says:
    I regarded George not only as my bridge partner but also my friend. I will really miss him.

  • August 01, 2018
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