MILO — Funeral services for Matthew Hayden Bark, 24, U.S. Army veteran of Elkhart, Ind., are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Milo Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Johnston officiating. Interment will follow at the Milo Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.

Matthew Hayden Bark was born July 8, 1988, at Tahlequah, Okla., to Gary Lee Bark and Anita Ruth (Knight) Bark. Matthew passed from this life April 20, 2013, at Elkhart, Ind.

Matthew was raised in the Milo area. He joined the U.S. Army on November 9, 2006, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Matthew served honorably for five years and one month as part of the 82 Airborne as a Calvary Scout. He completed two tours in Iraq receiving several accommodations and medals. He received his discharge July 1, 2011, and moved back to this area. Matthew served as a police officer for the Wilson Police Department for a short time before moving to Elkhart, Ind. While there, Matthew was employed as a furnace operator at Special Metals.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Bark Jr. in 1993.

Survivors include his parents, Gary and Anita Bark of Milo; fiancée, Nary Try and daughter, Lilly Lee of Milo; brother, Nick Bark and wife, Alicia of Ardmore; sister, Tia Boeken of Muskogee; nieces and nephews, Lauryn, Georgia, Maxwell, Vivian and Hunter Allen; and numerous other family and friends.

Pallbearers are Nick Bark, J.R. Morris, Joe Jennings, Joe Oatman, Michael Sanchez and Kenny Shores.

Honorary bearers are the Wilson Police Department.

Family visitation will be from 6-8 this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.

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