Retired Episcopal Priest and World War II Veteran, Rev. George Lloyd Barton III, died January 3, 2014. He had lived happily at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RW-C) for the past 26 years. He was 96 years old and was preceded by his wife of 68 years, Cecelia Holmes Barton. Rev. Barton was born in Charlottesville, Va. on Sept. 9, 1917 to George Lloyd Barton Jr., Ph.D and Joan Malachi White Barton. In 1918, Rev. Bartonâ€™s parents moved to Lexington, Va. where Dr. Barton taught Latin, French, English, and History at Virginia Military Institute. Rev. Barton enjoyed his formative years in Lexington until he was old enough to attend Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va. Upon graduation there he attended Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., graduating in 1940 with a BA in English Literature, Modern Languages, and Ethics. At the age of 14 Rev. Barton experienced a calling to the ministry during a communion service. In 1939, the year before he graduated from Hamilton College, he had become a postulate for holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York State. He decided to postpone his religious training due to the military draft and the impending war. On March 15, 1941 Rev. Barton enlisted in the Third U.S. Cavalry at Fort Myer, Va. In June, 1941, as a private, he began his first tour of duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the end of that tour he was promoted to Corporal and began his second tour there as Corporal of the Guard. In Sept. 1941 he was promoted to Sergeant and sent to Officerâ€™s Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kan., and became a Lieutenant. In Dec. 1941 Rev. Barton met Cecelia Holmes Wahl from Kansas City, Mo. They were married on March 15, 1942. Together they raised three children; George Lloyd Barton IV (pre-deceased), Cecelia Quiett Barton, and David Michael Barton, Ph.D. As a Captain, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division serving as a Company Commander in the Battle of the Bulge. When the Korean War started, he was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division. After promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he served as a battalion commander on Heartbreak Ridge. His awards from both wars include the Silver Star and 4 Bronze Stars. Returning from Korea, he stayed in the Army for 3 more years. In 1956 he resigned his commission in the Army to heed the call to become an Episcopal Priest. Once ordained to the priesthood at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, he became Rector of St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church in Bedford. Then he served as Chaplain and Assistant Headmaster at Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest. Prior to his retirement, Rev. Barton was the Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange. Rev. and Mrs. Barton retired in 1988, moving to RW-C. A Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock. A reception followed at Rappahannock Westminster- Canterbury. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the RW-C Fellowship Foundation, 132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington, VA 22480.
Published in Bedford Bulletin from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014