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Franklin Barker West
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Pause On Angels Wings by Charles D. Denler
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“Barker's family and friends love him greatly. Their respect and affection are still with us now and this reflection is how I know him as a great man,...Read More »
1 of 119 | Posted by: Andrew Taylor - Alexandria, VA

“I just learned of Barker's untimely death. What an overwhelming loss! I will always remember hit sunshine face and personality. My deepest sympathy....Read More »
2 of 119 | Posted by: Natalie Gitelman - Washington, DC

“We cannot stop aching over the loss of sweet Barker. We are thankful for the time he graced this earth and our son Hunter's life with his positive...Read More »
3 of 119 | Posted by: Sue and Charlie Fairchild - VA

“Dearest Celeste, My heart aches for you over the loss of your beautiful son, Barker. He had such a wonderful spirit that God must have a special...Read More »
4 of 119 | Posted by: Diane Ott Pontious - Beaumont, TX

“Dear Celeste, Frank & Family, No words can express the sympathy I feel for you at this time of profound loss. Barker came into my life when he was...Read More »
5 of 119 | Posted by: David J King - Alexandria, VA

“Mr. West our prayers are with you and your family. It was evident how much you loved your son, your face brightened every time you spoke of him. I...Read More »
6 of 119 | Posted by: Dee Williams and the Wells Fargo Belleview Team - VA

“Celeste, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was blessed to have met Barker at our small gathering in 2012. May God bring...Read More »
7 of 119 | Posted by: Linda Booth - Owings, MD

“Celeste, I'm so sorry to hear of your son's passing. You and your family are in my prayers after this unimaginable loss. -Alli ”
8 of 119 | Posted by: Alli Halataei - Arlington, VA

“Losing a child is the greatest anguish anyone could ever know. You are so fortunate to have so many good friends of Barker's to keep his memory alive...Read More »
9 of 119 | Posted by: Michael duPont - Redding, CT

“I am so so sorry for your unbelievable loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. ”
10 of 119 | Posted by: Sara Stein - Alexandria, VA

“To the West family, Barker's kindness, warmth, humor and generosity of spirit has left an indelible mark on all who knew him, and he will always...Read More »
11 of 119 | Posted by: The Eschricht Family - CT

“From one CofC parent to another, my sincere sympathies on the the loss of your son. ”
12 of 119 | Posted by: Cathy

“To The West Family, Our hearts are broken at this tragic news, of a dear loved one. Our thoughts, prayers and dreams pour out to you in this time of...Read More »
13 of 119 | Posted by: The Pierrepont Family - NY

“Barker you created a lasting impression on your friend Ned that will resonated throughout our family for lifetimes, we will never forget, may our...Read More »
14 of 119 | Posted by: Virginia Crawford Pierrepont - NY

“To The West Family, Our hearts are broken. All 3 of my sons knew and loved Barker at C of C. He was the nicest boy they ever met and he will be...Read More »
15 of 119 | Posted by: Karen Lawson-Johnston - Greenwich, CT

“My heart breaks for you, Celeste, there are no words! There is no greater loss than losing a child. You and the entire family are in my thoughts and...Read More »
16 of 119 | Posted by: Jennifer DeShazo - Beaumont, TX

“Dearest West family, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish you must be feeling over the loss of your young son. I hope that the memories you have...Read More »
17 of 119 | Posted by: Cindy Siegel - Acton, MA

Famous Couples Tri Delt date party (Steve and Terri Irwin) “Barker, I cant stop thinking of you today. I miss you more than I could ever put into words. Your presence lightened my life, and no one will be able...Read More »
18 of 119 | Posted by: Sydney Colaizzi - Charleston , SC

“Dear Celeste, Words just cannot express our sadness upon hearing of Barker's passing. Even though we never had the chance to know him as an adult,...Read More »
19 of 119 | Posted by: Marykay Marino - Farmington,, CT

“From one C OF C parent to another my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God comfort you and your family. ”
20 of 119 | Posted by: Gidget Vickers - SC

“Dear West Family, I never had the chance to meet Barker but I can tell that he was an amazing young man who touched the lives of those fortunate to...Read More »
21 of 119 | Posted by: Jewel Benson - Columbus, OH

“Dear West Family ~ We wanted to send you our love and heartfelt wishes that you will be comforted in some way by the outpouring of love for your...Read More »
22 of 119 | Posted by: Jill, Jon and Ryan Conant family - TX

“Barks, I will never forget that one day in late August you texted me and somehow convinced me to run cross country with you - one of the more...Read More »
23 of 119 | Posted by: Grace Weisiger - Charlotte , NC

“Dear West family, Our hearts are broken for you. Nick loved Barker and thought he was the happiest kid ever. May you somehow take comfort in...Read More »
24 of 119 | Posted by: Betsy baker

“Dear West family, My heart aches for you. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss and know that Barker’s spirit will live vicariously...Read More »
25 of 119 | Posted by: Austin Conger - Winston-Salem, NE

“No words can bring comfort to the loss of Barker. But know you have so many people who are holding you all up in prayer - praying for strength, hope,...Read More »
26 of 119 | Posted by: Jeff & Traci Provost - Southport, CT

“It is with a heavy heart that we write our sympathy for Barker and to his family. Our son and Barker were the closest of friends and Fraternity...Read More »
27 of 119 | Posted by: Dana and Gregg Hayden

“To the West family, Words can not express the sorrow I feel for the loss of your son and brother Barker. I had the privilege to meet Barker last...Read More »
28 of 119 | Posted by: Tracey Biedron - Far Hills, NJ

“Dear Family West, I only had the privilege to know Barker for a year at Episcopal. The first time I met barker made me feel welcome to America....Read More »
29 of 119 | Posted by: Erik Skytting

“Brothers and Sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who are asleep, so that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope....Read More »
30 of 119 | Posted by: Jay RiveraAcosta, PhD - Tampa, FL

“Dear Celeste and Scott, My Deepest Condolences! My heart and my prayers are with you and you loved ones! I...Read More »
31 of 119 | Posted by: Jay RiveraAcosta, PhD - Tampa, FL

“It is with heavy heart that I pass on my deepest sympathies to Barker’s family and friends. My son, Sam, and fellow Pike brother, has shared so...Read More »
32 of 119 | Posted by: Rob Adrian - Bronxville, NY

“Barker was the friendliest of my brother's friends. When I first met him it was as if we had been friends for years - jumping right into joking...Read More »
33 of 119 | Posted by: Sarah Vance - Washington, DC

“My deepest condolences to Barker's family and friends. While I never taught Barker, I knew him through the many stories his sister, Cat, would tell...Read More »
34 of 119 | Posted by: Brittany Chenenko - Wayland, MA

“Heartbreaking. My prayers to his family, the tragedy of burying a child is one that should never have to be endured. So glad that I was able to have...Read More »
35 of 119 | Posted by: Drew Shannon - Newport Beach, CA

“although I only met you a few times, you were always kind and easy going, and the smiles and happiness you provided my friends with will stay with...Read More »
36 of 119 | Posted by: anonymous

“Barker, Though I knew you for a shorter time than I would have liked, I am so glad to have been graced by your presence. I loved spending time...Read More »
37 of 119 | Posted by: Sam Bernstein - Charlottesville, VA

“Though I knew Barker only in the smiles and good feeling he brought to the people who we both care deeply for, I am stricken with a profound sadness;...Read More »
38 of 119 | Posted by: Annonymous

“I didn't know him very well but it breaks my heart to know that he's gone.I pray for for Barker's family and friends hoping that they will be...Read More »
39 of 119 | Posted by: Kennise Baker - Alexandria

“Barker you were truly an extraordinary presence and a friend in every sense of the word. You were too good bobs. Love you and miss you. Mr. and...Read More »
40 of 119 | Posted by: Francis Beach - Friend

“I was there the minute you were born. I was the "birth partner" not that you would remember. It was supposed to be a normal birth. The doctor did...Read More »
41 of 119 | Posted by: Liz Jones Cobb - Leesburg, VA

“I was so sorry to hear of Barker's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Sara ”
42 of 119 | Posted by: Sara Tiner

“We remember Barker, moving in Baker, his freshman year at EHS. We were wondering what it would be like for Baker and Barker to have been roommates....Read More »
43 of 119 | Posted by: Lucie and Chuck Patton - NC - EHS

“My heart breaks for you all. I never had the pleasure of teaching Barker but only knew him through the adoring eyes of a sweet little first grade...Read More »
44 of 119 | Posted by: Sally Laha - Alexandria, VA

“My heart is breaking for the entire family. Cat, Frank, Suellen, Celeste- you are all in my thoughts. Words cannot express how saddened I am to...Read More »
45 of 119 | Posted by: Margi Weaver - Hudson, OH

“My deepest condolences go to Barkers mother and father. No parent should be forced to endure the pain of burying their child. Barker was always the...Read More »
46 of 119 | Posted by: Ned duPont - Rowayton, CT

“We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Barker. He was always respectful and considerate whenever we met. Although I was not his direct teacher,...Read More »
47 of 119 | Posted by: Jill and Richard Millett - VA

“We are devastated by news of Barker's passing and hope you find some comfort in knowing how many lives he touched and how loved he was. We only know...Read More »
48 of 119 | Posted by: Marta Judson - Dedham, MA

“Barker was an amazing person, in every sense of the word. His presence was warm and comforting, his smile could light up the entire room, and he had...Read More »
49 of 119 | Posted by: Meredith Bean - Roswell, GA

“'' A thousand times I needed you A thousand times I've cried If love alone could have saved you You never would have died. In life I loved you...Read More »
50 of 119 | Posted by: Caroline S - CA - Friend

“'' A thousand times I needed you A thousand times I've cried If love alone could have saved you You never would have died. In life I loved you...Read More »
51 of 119 | Posted by: Caroline S - CA - Friend

“Barks, the past few days have been a whirlwind and I still cannot believe that they are real. Within the short time I was able to know you, you made...Read More »
52 of 119 | Posted by: Eliza Ghriskey - Friend

“Great friend, and teammate. ”
53 of 119 | Posted by: Brandon Anderson - Lorton, VA

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
54 of 119 | Posted by: Kara

“Although I only met him this past year, Barker was, and continues to be, someone I look up to. His smilie, laugh, and constant positivity were...Read More »
55 of 119 | Posted by: Henry Johnson - New York, NY

“Barker’s open smile and friendly greetings brightened the day of many members of the ACDS community. Both students and teachers benefited from his...Read More »
56 of 119 | Posted by: Sherry Ward - Alexandria, VA

“Barker was an incredible guy. I got to know him while at Episcopal and his light shined on so many people there. He was always so positive and...Read More »
57 of 119 | Posted by: Lee Stewart - Alexandria, VA

“Dear West Family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this time of profound loss. Our son Stephen was Barker's pledge brother and I know he...Read More »
58 of 119 | Posted by: Carolyn and Stuart Bell - Dallas, PA

“Barker was a very special person. He could brighten up any room, and had no trouble putting a smile on anyones face. He was spontaneous, caring, fun,...Read More »
59 of 119 | Posted by: Julie - Charlottesville, VA

Barker and Gerry, Stars Restaurant Rooftop, summer 13 “Barker was very special to so many people. How he could juggle having so many friends and being so close to absolutely anyone and everyone amazed me....Read More »
60 of 119 | Posted by: Rose Leadem - Charleston, SC

“The Alexandria Country Day School community shares in the pain of your loss and the comfort of warm memories of Barker. The thoughts and prayers of...Read More »
61 of 119 | Posted by: Scott Baytosh - Alexandria, VA

“Dear Celeste, I am so very very sorry for you loss. I cannot imagine the depth of your anguish. All I can off is my best prayers and my kindest...Read More »
62 of 119 | Posted by: Justin Supon - Washington, DC

“Celeste My heart breaks for you. I can remember Barker when he was small coming to work with you. He is and will always be your Angel. All my...Read More »
63 of 119 | Posted by: Peggy Sampson - Alexandria, VA

“I am so terribly sorry for your tragic heart is breaking for you all. It's been a long time since I last saw Barker, but he was always a...Read More »
64 of 119 | Posted by: Jaynie Beard - Harrisburg, PA

“Dearest Mr. and Mrs. West, Since we were both involved in a car accident on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I have been trying to formulate my words...Read More »
65 of 119 | Posted by: Nick Converse - new york, NY

“Celeste, I can't put into words what a terribly tragedy this is. Barker was so young and full of life, with those chubby cheeks and shy smile - a...Read More »
66 of 119 | Posted by: Lisa Pittman - Washington, DC

“My deepest condolences to the West family. Barker made a lasting impression on me in the short amount of time we had together. He will live on...Read More »
67 of 119 | Posted by: James Hamilton - Denver, CO

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
68 of 119 | Posted by: Patty Henke - Lilburn, GA

“Dear West family, How very sorry we are for your loss. Barker was a pledge brother and good friend of our son Raleigh. I had the great fortune of...Read More »
69 of 119 | Posted by: Ginger Sutton - Gladstone, NJ

“Celeste, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words adequate at this time of great sorrow. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and...Read More »
70 of 119 | Posted by: Angela Gambo - Clinton, MD

“Sweet Celeste, My heart breaks for you and for your family. In my mind, nothing could be worse than the loss you have suffered. Please know you...Read More »
71 of 119 | Posted by: Ava Watson - Denton, TX - Friend

“Dear Celeste and Frank, I remember Barker as a rambunctious toddler full of smiles and giggles. When I saw him again two years ago at our brunch in...Read More »
72 of 119 | Posted by: Sally Gould - Newton, MA

73 of 119 | Posted by: Nadine Scott - Algarve, Portugal

“Words cannot convey the loss of a child. Celeste, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. I pray that you find comfort in...Read More »
74 of 119 | Posted by: Rene Reeves - Ashburn, VA

“It is not often when such a young man touches your heart and thoughts as Barker did with us after the very first meeting,here in Portugal. May He...Read More »
75 of 119 | Posted by: Linda & Barry Clayman & Family

“May The Lord strengthen your heart & comfort your soul. Mom (daughter CofC sophomore whose boyfriend is a friend of Barkers) ”
76 of 119 | Posted by: Donna Tallent - Fairfield, CT

“I knew Barker through my children who loved him, his amazing personality and infectious smile. As the guys were leaving for Virginia, Barker told...Read More »
77 of 119 | Posted by: Donna Moller - Charleston, SC

“Abu (Barker), You're a one of a kind my friend. Keep looking down on us with that same smile, and know that we'll all be together again some day...Read More »
78 of 119 | Posted by: Hunter Fairchild - Alexandria, VA

“Barker was one of the happiest people i had ever met. Meeting him last year during freshmen year at the College of Charleston was a gift and there...Read More »
79 of 119 | Posted by: Steele Strauss - charleston, SC

“So sorry for your loss, a parents worst nightmare. My children are the same age as your son and just began classes. Our heart goes out to you and...Read More »
80 of 119 | Posted by: Don and Mary Barnett - Blanco, TX

“It cannot be said enough that the light Barker shined on those around him was contagious. What I admired most about Barker was his ability to upon...Read More »
81 of 119 | Posted by: Caroline Hagood - Charleston , SC

“Celeste, It is simply inconceivable to me that Barker, your beautiful, precious son, is gone. He brought such joy to those who were lucky enough to...Read More »
82 of 119 | Posted by: Patricia Dunn - Falls Church, VA

“My heart and prayers go out to you as parents and family. I lost my oldest son Zander last September11. He and Doyle had been best friends since they...Read More »
83 of 119 | Posted by: Leslie von Wiesenberger - CA

“Barker you were one of the kindest most caring person I have ever met. Im honored to have known you. I will always remember our intense football...Read More »
84 of 119 | Posted by: Henry Rodgers - Alexandria, VA

“I grew up playing golf with Barker and than we re kindled our friendship once he went to episcopal and I was at St. Stephens. From the time we were...Read More »
85 of 119 | Posted by: Parker Patterson - Mount Vernon, VA

“Young Barks, somehow that nickname never faded nor will my great memories I had with you. You are such an amazing person and as hard as this whole...Read More »
86 of 119 | Posted by: Charlotte Hass

“Our Prayers are with you and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. There are no words to express our sympathy in this time of sorrow. ...Read More »
87 of 119 | Posted by: Jack & Mary Everts - friend

“So so sorry Celeste. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rob and Cara Marshall ”
88 of 119 | Posted by: Robert Marshall - Falls Church, VA

“God bless you, Celeste and family. May God give you much strength at this time. May your memories stay in your heart and heal with time. Please...Read More »
89 of 119 | Posted by: The Ali's at 3400 - Falls Church, VA

“I can't imagine your grief. My heart breaks for you. Sending prayers for comfort and reassurance that you WILL see your beloved child again. ”
90 of 119 | Posted by: Frances Dorris - Darien, CT

“Love you barker, I'll miss you and will always treasure the time we spent together. ”
91 of 119 | Posted by: John Williams - Charleston, SC

“Celeste I love you I am beyond devastated to hear this cannot imagine what you are going thru ”
92 of 119 | Posted by: Nancy Trifiro - Washington, DC

Always making everyone smile “Barker you were a one of a kind kid and your memory will never die. People don't die they pass on and your soul and spirit will live on through...Read More »
93 of 119 | Posted by: Kyle Pearson - Garden City , NY

Old Town Alexandria Va.  thanksgiving 2011 “There are no words that can explain the sorrow and heartbreak I feel for you my dear cousin, are in my thoughts and prayers , I love...Read More »
94 of 119 | Posted by: Elizabeth Ann Breaux - Carencro , LA

“I was deeply saddened by the news of Barker's passing. Emily and Barker were locker buddies in 4th grade at ACDS and have stayed in touch over the...Read More »
95 of 119 | Posted by: Lisa, Lauren and Emily Caccamo - VA

“Dear Celeste, We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. We remember Barker fondly from our MKHS Class Reunion in Galveston, TX. Your family...Read More »
96 of 119 | Posted by: Paulette & Paul Guidroz - TX

“We were so sorry to hear the terrible news about Barker. It's been several years since he and Steven were at ACDS together, but he was a fixture in...Read More »
97 of 119 | Posted by: Sheran Fernando - Alexandria, VA

“I cannot imagine the sadness you must be experiencing. I wish I could be there with you to hug you and grieve with you. I am so, so sorry for your...Read More »
98 of 119 | Posted by: Peggy Etheridge - Richardson, TX

“Barker was a tremendous kid, and truly an invaluable asset to the Charleston community. I first met Barks when I came down to visit my brother Thomas...Read More »
99 of 119 | Posted by: Ted Growney - Charlottesville, VA

“Celeste, very sorry for your loss...thinking of you, Melody ”
100 of 119 | Posted by: Melody Celli - Beaumont, TX

“My humblest condolences to you Pat & your dear family. This prayer has helped me a bit "God. I know my pain isn't going to just disappear, so please...Read More »
101 of 119 | Posted by: Brenda Castille - Youngsville, LA

“Since we were both involved in a car accident on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I have been trying to formulate my words on the passing of my brother,...Read More »
102 of 119 | Posted by: Nick Converse - new york, NY

“News like this is always a shock, and it's always difficult to understand when it happens to someone so young, with their whole life ahead of them. ...Read More »
103 of 119 | Posted by: Dave and Marsha Laughter - Greer, SC

“Our hearts are broken, Barber was the most wonderful person, kind hearted and a great son. We have your family in our hearts and prayers. ”
104 of 119 | Posted by: Brenda and Dan Landry - VA

“I never met Barker but through my son I have learned what a special kid he was to so many. Our hearts and prayers are with all of those who loved...Read More »
105 of 119 | Posted by: Erin Hedley - New Canaan , CT

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family Barker. I'll never be able to forget your endless smile and distinct laugh that brought happiness to so...Read More »
106 of 119 | Posted by: Jeff Aschieris - Charleston, SC

“"if ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together there is something you must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you...Read More »
107 of 119 | Posted by: Emma Stein

“I have the pleasure of calling Barker a friend. Barker's smile was contagious. Whenever he walked into a room you could feel his amazing energy. I...Read More »
108 of 119 | Posted by: Madeleine Duff

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
109 of 119 | Posted by: Sam Adrian - Bronxville, NY

“Words can not describe the pain we are all feeling over the loss of a truly amazing person. Never without a smile, Barker touched all of us in such a...Read More »
110 of 119 | Posted by: Matt McCarthy - Brother

“My heart goes out to Celeste, Frank, Suellen and Catalina. Barker brought joy and laughter to so many of us. He will be sorely missed, but never...Read More »
111 of 119 | Posted by: Liz Hendrickson - Arlington, VA

“"Good-night sweet prince." ”
112 of 119 | Posted by: Carole Corlew Owen - Arlington, VA

“Celeste and Frank Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of your dear son Barker. May God comfort you with memories of his life. He...Read More »
113 of 119 | Posted by: John Moloney - Charleston, SC

“I want to extend my family's deepest condolences to Celeste, Frank, Suellen and Catalina on Barker's tragic and unfathomable passing. Beginning in...Read More »
114 of 119 | Posted by: Jim Owen - Arlington, VA

“May God bless and keep my dear, sweet nephew Barker in his arms. I am so utterly heartbroken for you and Frank, Celeste. May you find comfort in...Read More »
115 of 119 | Posted by: Julie Jones - Baton Rouge, LA

“Celeste, our hearts are heavy. Please know that you are all in our prayers. The heavens have gained a sweet angel. ”
116 of 119 | Posted by: Nora Kantwill - Alexandria, VA

“I will miss Barker so very much. He will forever be in our hearts. ”
117 of 119 | Posted by: Cheryl Brooks - Aunt

“Words just cannot express what my heart feels , he was such a sweetheart Celeste in every way I'm just so sorry you are having to go through this...Read More »
118 of 119 | Posted by: Shelia Kirby - Bastrop, LA

Reconnecting with Barker after all of these years.  “Even though I went 15 years in between meetings with Barker, he was one of the funniest and happiest kids I've ever met. The brief time I got to...Read More »
119 of 119 | Posted by: Max Boyd - Lake Bluff, IL

Franklin Barker West, 18, of Alexandria, Virginia and student at the College of Charleston, entered into eternal rest Friday, September 6, 2013. A Liturgy in Celebration of Barker's Life will be held Friday, September 13, 2013, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA at noon. Friends are invited to a reception following the service at Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road. The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, Charleston, SC from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. An additional visitation will be held Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Everly-Wheatly Funeral Home.

Barker was born November 21, 1994 in Washington, DC, son of George Franklin West and Celeste Jones West. He was a sophomore at the College of Charleston, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA.

He is survived by his mother, Celeste Jones West of Wimauma, FL; father and step-mother, G. Frank West (Suellen) of Alexandria, VA; sister, Catalina West of Alexandria, VA; step-grandparents, William C. Barnes and Sally Nilan of Alexandria, VA; and Jones family aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements in Alexandria, Virginia are being handled by Everly-Wheatly Funeral Home, 1500 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA, (703) 998-9200. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, c/o Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter, College of Charleston, 99 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401.