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John William Barton


John William Barton, age 85, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va.

John was born in Smyth County to the late Robert Don and Mary Margaret Tibbs Barton. He retired from Brunswick as a Production Manager after 39 years of service and was the last surviving founding member of the Sugar Grove Fire Department. John was a dedicated member of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church, the Ruritan Club, the Young At Heart Club and a former Smyth County School Board member for the Rye Valley District. If you knew John – you knew he was a social man that never met a stranger. His family will always love and miss him and forever remember his numerous quotes and wise advice.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert D. Barton; and sister, Mary Glenn Burton.

John is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Joanne Hubble Barton of Sugar Grove, Va.; daughter, Ann Rhea Hester and husband, Michael of Newnan, Ga.; son, Greg Barton and wife, Libby of Lancaster, S.C.; three grandchildren, Nathan Hester and wife, Haley, Katie Hester, and Erika Barton; two bonus grandchildren, Cary Lampkins and Will Rose; one great-grandson, Grayson Hester; sister, Donna B. Hoffman of Abingdon, Va.; a few nieces and nephews; and many, many special friends.

A private family graveside service will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 in the Meek-Scott Cemetery, Teas, Va. with Pastor John Roe officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Sugar Grove Fire Department, Attention: Treasurer, P.O. Box 168, Sugar Grove, Va. 24375.

To share memories of John William Barton, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for John's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Greg and family so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and I enjoyed working with him at Brunswick. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robin A Zachary Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Barton

Robin A Zachary Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Barton family with a heavy hard i send my condolence. I have know John and Joanne for my lifetime of 80 years both are very dear to me. When I came up from Florida all ways went to Sugar Grove there I would meet John, Frank Cox and Billy Meek for coffee. We would call ourselves the Democrat and cattlemen meeting and alot of Laughing and funny discussion. I will miss you my dear friend. Jim Rosenbaum

Jim Rosenbaum Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM

Greg and Barton family, I am so sad to hear of Johns passing. He was such a dear person. Always smiling and upbeat. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sharon DeBord

Sharon DeBord Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

Greg and family, We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a great man. Sincerely Carrol and Tammy Alexander

Carrol Alexander Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Barton

Carrol Alexander Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

John was a true friend. He helped me for years on the farm after he retired from Brunswick. I don't know what I would have done without him. We had a lot of good times talking and working together. He will be greatly missed.

Dan Sturgill Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Barton

Dan Sturgill Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

Joanna and family, so sorry to read of Johns death. Love and prayers . Linda and "Dump" Hanshew

Linda Hanshew Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

Joanne It Was A Heart Felt Loss To Learn Of John's Passing ! You And John Have Always Been My Friends ! May God Be With You Especially During This Sad Time ! David Earnest

David Earnest Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

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