William was a life-long farmer, was saved at the age of 17 and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He left at the age of 17 in 1943 to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II for four years. He served on a Picket Boat in the Pacific Theatre on the Islands of Peleliu.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet Taylor and husband John of Brookport; two grandsons, Jim Taylor and Jeff Taylor, both of Brookport; four great-grandchildren, Noah Taylor of Metropolis and Faith Taylor, Gracelyn Taylor and Trinity Taylor, all of Lake City, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Will S. and Ruby B. Brush Barger; his wife of 66 years, Freida Helen Alley Barger; two sisters, Emma Sullivan and Mae Rose; and one brother, James Barger.
Graveside service with military rites were conducted Friday at New Liberty Cemetery in Pope County with Rev. Frank Forthman officiating. Pallbearers were John Taylor, Jim Taylor, Jeff Taylor and Tommy Carrell. Honorary pallbearer was Charlie Peppersack.
The family would like to say thank you to Dr. Randy Oliver and his staff; Lourdes Hospice; and say a special thank you to Sandy Hines for the excellent care they provided for William.
Miller Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.