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Franklin Barker West
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Pause On Angels Wings by Charles D. Denler
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“Dear West Family,We just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts. The Belleview Wells Fargo Team ”
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Dee Williams - Alexandria, VA

“Barker, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I know you are still watching over us all, especially your Mom, Celeste. You are the angel...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Jones - New Orleans, LA

“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 »
3 of 100+ | 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 »
4 of 100+ | 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 »
5 of 100+ | 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 »
6 of 100+ | 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 »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: David J King - Alexandria, VA

“I am saddened to hear of your profound loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.Turgay YavuzGeorgetown Salon and Spa ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“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 »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Dee Williams and the Wells Fargo Belleview Team - VA

“I just wanted to say how incredibly sorry I was to hear of Barkers sudden passing. My son introduced me to him this summer. We had a wonderful...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Bob Arnot - Stowe, VT

“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 you...Read More »
11 of 100+ | 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 ”
12 of 100+ | 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 »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael duPont - Redding, CT

“Celeste, Scott, and family. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.Our support is here for you,if you need anything Brian and Kim...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Brian and Kim Glowen - Wimauma, FL

“I am so so sorry for your unbelievable loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. ”
15 of 100+ | 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 be...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: The Eschricht Family - CT

“From one CofC parent to another, my sincere sympathies on the the loss of your son. ”
17 of 100+ | 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 »
18 of 100+ | 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 »
19 of 100+ | 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 »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen Lawson-Johnston - Greenwich, CT

“Such a special young man, best friend of my grandson Nicky. Joanne Slusser ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“What can I say, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Barker was a wonderful person, I will always remember meeting him at Aquarelle last Christmas...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Marie McCarthy - Portugal

“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 »
23 of 100+ | 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 »
24 of 100+ | 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 »
25 of 100+ | 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, he...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Marykay Marino - Farmington,, CT

“Dear Celeste and family, I remember Barker was such a hard little worker studying at the Rules Committee hearing room. Your love for him and...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Elizabeth Bingham - Alexandria, VA

“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. ”
28 of 100+ | 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 »
29 of 100+ | 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 son...Read More »
30 of 100+ | 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 »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Grace Weisiger - Charlotte, NC

“My heart and prayers go out to the West Family. Barker was an amazing person, he was genuinely nice and always brought positive energy wherever he...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Monica Rose - Alexandria, VA

“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 »
33 of 100+ | 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 »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Austin Conger - Winston-Salem, NE

“Dear Frank and Suellen, Sending our sympathy and prayers and letting you know our heart goes out to you at this difficult time of sadness. ”
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve & Doris Zirger - Tiffin, OH

“Deepest condolences to all, Hal McKnight ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Hal McKnight - Oklahoma City, OK

“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 »
37 of 100+ | 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 »
38 of 100+ | 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 year...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Tracey Biedron - Far Hills, NJ

“I am the mother of a co of c sophomore . I never met Barker but have heard the love expressed by my daughter and her friends for knowing your sweet...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“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. He...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Erik Skytting

“Our sincere condolences to the West Family for their loss of Barker. Although we only met Barker once he was a wonderful young man. Barker was full...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Rick & Barbara Whittaker - LA

“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 »
43 of 100+ | 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 pray that you may find...Read More »
44 of 100+ | 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 many...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Rob Adrian - Bronxville, NY

“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 »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana and Gregg Hayden - Purchase, 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 »
47 of 100+ | 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 »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Brittany Chenenko - Wayland, MA

“Barker was the most loyal and sincere friend anyone could have asked for. My heart goes out to his family. Love you, Bobs. ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Woody Dewing

“Celeste, Scott and Family,We are so sorry. Our hearts and prayers are with you.Warmly, Helen deLone & Joe Griffin ”
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Helen & Joe deLone & Griffin - FL

“Frank, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Ken and June ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Ken Cashion - Oklahoma city, OK

“Dear Frank: Cherry Kay and I most saddened to learn of the death of your son Barker. Please know your family will be in our prayers.PA,Hal & Cherry...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“We were so deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Barker. He was such a great young man. Our son Hunter said he was one of the nicest...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Charlie & Sue Fairchild - VA

“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 »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Drew Shannon - Newport Beach, CA

“I am so sorry for your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless!Mother ofSophmore daughter at CofC ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeanie Edwards - Longs, SC

“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 »
56 of 100+ | 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 with...Read More »
57 of 100+ | 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 »
58 of 100+ | 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 »
59 of 100+ | 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 Mrs....Read More »
60 of 100+ | 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 »
61 of 100+ | 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 ”
62 of 100+ | 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 »
63 of 100+ | 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 »
64 of 100+ | 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 »
65 of 100+ | 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 »
66 of 100+ | 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 »
67 of 100+ | 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 »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Marta Judson - Dedham, MA

“Dear West family,My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. Barker was such a great young man . Always smiling and nothing but kindness towards...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Åsa Wimberly - Fairfax, VA

“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 »
70 of 100+ | 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 »
71 of 100+ | 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 »
72 of 100+ | 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 »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Eliza Ghriskey - Friend

“Frank, Suellen, Catalina, Sally, and Family: I can't begin to express the heartbreak and sadness I am feeling for you ever since I heard the tragic...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: John Petty - Alexandria, VA

“Great friend, and teammate. ”
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Brandon Anderson - Lorton, VA

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
76 of 100+ | 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 »
77 of 100+ | 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 »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Sherry Ward - Alexandria, VA

“Celeste,Tim called me of the news of Barker and my heartfelt prayers go out to youand all of the family.I will remember him everyday in myprayers and...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“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 »
80 of 100+ | 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 is...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn and Stuart Bell - Dallas, PA

“I had the privilege of teaching Barker in AP Psychology. He was an intelligent, thoughtful young man who had a positive impact on all he interacted...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthia Hawkins - Burke, VA

“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 »
83 of 100+ | 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 »
84 of 100+ | 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 »
85 of 100+ | 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 »
86 of 100+ | 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 »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Peggy Sampson - Alexandria, VA

“I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss...my heart is breaking for you all. It's been a long time since I last saw Barker, but he was always a...Read More »
88 of 100+ | 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 on...Read More »
89 of 100+ | 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 »
90 of 100+ | 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 »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: James Hamilton - Denver, CO

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
92 of 100+ | 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 »
93 of 100+ | 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 »
94 of 100+ | 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 »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Ava Watson - Denton, TX - Friend

“Celeste,Sue and I were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Barker's passing.We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike and Sue Cecere - Annapolis, MD

“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 »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Sally Gould - Newton, MA

“. LIFE HAS BROUGHT A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY...NO WORDS CAN BE SPOKEN THAT CAN EASE THE PAIN OF LOSING A CHILD. I LOST MY BOY 16 YEARS AGO....THE LOVE I...Read More »
98 of 100+ | 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 »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Rene Reeves - Ashburn, VA

“Celeste, my thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. ”
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Trudi Terry - VA


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.