Bro. Barney Lee "Luke" Priar, Jr.

February 18, 1945 - October 12, 2020

Bro. Barney Lee Priar, Jr. “Luke” 75, of Owensboro went to be with his Lord & Savior on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Heartford House. He was born February 18, 1945 to the late Barney Lee Priar and Nellie Acuff Priar. He was retired from Alcoa and a pastor that preached the Gospel of Our Lord for 43 years at Rosine Baptist for five years & then at Buttonsberry Baptist Church for 38 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his baby son, Barney L. Priar, III; his sweet sister, Edith Priar Smith; and great-granddaughter, Kasiah Dawn.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sue Priar of 57 years. Together they raised their three children: their sons, Jeffery Todd Priar (Mary Priar) and Bro. Byron Lee Priar (Cindy Priar) and daughter Suzette Rene’ Jones (Chris Jones); nine grandchildren, Josh Hodges, Emily Priar, Lori Russelburg, Jake Freshwater, Derek Priar, Lauren Burch, Cassie Jones, Luke Jones, and Lexi Jones; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Glover Priar; and sisters, Rexie Carlisle and Heatie Morris (Bro. Arthur Morris).

Bro. Barney enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting & fishing, but most importantly he loved sharing about God’s saving grace. He would want us to share with each of you that if you’d like to sit and chat with him again, here is the directions to his Heavenly home: First, turn to Romans 3:23, Next, turn on over to Romans 5:18, then travel directly to Romans 6:23, proceed over to Ephesians 2:8-9, lastly you will have a clear vision of paradise in Roman 10:9-10.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the chapel at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory officiated by Bro. Arthur Morris and Bro. Tony Boyken. Burial will follow in Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. The number of those attending the visitation or funeral shall be within current health and safety directives. Family and friends shall wear appropriate personal protective masks.

Services will be live-streamed at 11 a.m. on Thursday at

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.