John Frank Bariola Sr. passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
John was born July 31, 1941 to Anthony and Albena Nobile Bariola in Washington County. He graduated from Moorhead High School and received an A.S. degree from Sunflower Junior College, and a B.S. in science and master’s degree in administration from Western Kentucky State College. John married Paula Stowers on Aug. 28, 1962 during their senior year of college. John taught science and coached at Bowling Green High School for five years. He and Paula moved back to Itta Bena in 1967 to farm the family land. John retired from farming in 2020, after 53 years of successful farming efforts. From 1980 to 1984 and 1991 to 1997, John served on the Itta Bena Board of Aldermen. He was member of the Itta Bena-Morgan City Rotary Club.
John was a faithful member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
In his younger years he enjoyed duck hunting. He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and dance recitals. John was a football player at Western Kentucky and Sunflower Junior College. He was recently voted into the Mississippi Delta Community College Hall of Fame, as well as the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame. He was honored at banquet on April 27, 2021, honoring his college football and baseball accomplishments.
John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by his family and many friends. He loved spending time with his family. Family vacations meant the world to him, the most recent having been spent in Orange Beach, Ala., from July 9 -14, 2021.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Albena Bariola; brothers, Tony and Pete Bariola; and sisters, Margaret Giles and Virginia Blackwell.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Paula Stowers Bariola of Greenwood; daughter, Paige Bariola McKay (Tim) of Greenwood; son, John Bariola Jr. (Kristy) of Itta Bena; four grandchildren, Ann McKay Bratton (David), Tyler McKay, John Bariola III and Parker Bariola; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and John Clayton Bratton.
Visitation was held from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, July 26 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial followed at Itta Bena City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Barry Corley, David Bratton, Parker Bariola, Tyler McKay, John Bariola III and Wesley Clay. Honorary pallbearers were Itta Bena-Morgan City Rotary Club members, George Saunders, Bo Prestige, David Grossman, Tom Grossman and John Moore.
Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
Greenwood Delta Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at www.greenwooddeltafh.com.