Louis “Mook” Wellen Stanley Barker was born to the late David Barker and Martha Adams Barker on May 30, 1953, at Southside Hospital, Bayshore, NY. Louis was called to glory on September 30, 2022.
Louis was the fifth of nine children of which five preceded him in death (Linen, Charles, Lee, Anthony & Mary). He was also preceded in death by his wife Loretta Mosley Weeks Barker.
The family relocated from Brentwood, NY to Amityville, NY in 1960. Louis attended the Amityville School District. As a young child, Louis was very intelligent and had great penmanship. Louis excelled in academics and sports. He played Junior Varsity Basketball. His love for the game of basketball was very evident as he was chosen to play on the Varsity Basketball Team as a Freshman. His coaches referred to him as the master on the court. He was the ball handler, the shooter, and the rebounder.
He also played on the “Dutchman” basketball team formed by the late Dr. Spurgeon Eugene Crayton of Holy Trinity Baptist Church. He graduated from Amityville Memorial High School in 1972. Louis received several scholarship offers to attend college. He did not want to leave his Mom behind as he was the backbone of the family.
As a youth Louis worked delivering newspapers with his brother Charles. He also worked through the C.E.T.A. Summer program at the Ace Center in North Amityville. Upon graduating from High School, he worked at Brunswick Hospital for many years as a dietary aide. He later went to school to become a HVAC Technician at Brunswick Hospital. After years of employment at Brunswick Hospital he held various positions (New York State Department of Transportation, Town of Babylon Public Safety Officer, livery driver, and entrepreneur). Louis was determined to provide for his family some way, somehow. He was the true definition of a GO-GETTER!
Louis loved family and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved all sports including football and as we know had a personal love for basketball all his life. He loved his New York teams, especially the New York Knicks. Louis loved playing chess and cards. He had a strong faith in religion which was instilled by his Mom at a young age.
Louis later practiced and studied Islam; his given Muslin name was Hasan. He studied the teachings of the Quran. Louis had some life challenges, but he persevered with the help of the fellowship (NA).
He was affectionately called Brother Minister in the rooms. He celebrated 32 years of clean and sober living this past July 2022. Louis was so passionate about his life change and was dedicated to helping others. Louis and his brothers Charles and Anthony were instrumental in creating sober programs to help others struggling with addiction in the community.
Louis leaves to cherish his memories, daughter Janea Barker-Hickson of Amityville, NY, son Lateef Croft of Wyandanch, NY and daughter Ashakei “KiKi Croft of Far Rockaway, NY. His sisters Lucy Hargrove of Brooklyn, NY, Pandora Sydnor and brother-in-law Lee Sydnor of Islandia, NY, younger brother Jeffrey “Jazz” Moye and sister-in-law Casandra Moye of New Haven, CT, stepsisters Evelyn and Bobbie Jean Moye of Brooklyn, NY. His grandchildren Javon, Prince-Charles (Tre), Teryn, Micanni, Rylan, Tashannia, En’vizion, and Loyalty and one great-grand child Aiden (Papa). A host of nieces (great) and nephews (great), cousins, extended family, and friends.
“Sleep on Daddy, take your rest. We all love you, but God loved you best.”
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation and sincere thanks for all acts of kindness shown to them in their time of sorrow.