Dr. John Homer Barton WAXHAW - Dr. John Homer Barton, "Papa," age 79, of Waxhaw, NC, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, from complications with Parkinson's Disease. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. Services in celebration of his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Heritage Funeral Home, officiated by Jeff Trotter, minister of Gold Hill Road Church of Christ. Interment will follow the service at Forest Lawn East Cemetery with his seven grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Dr. Barton was born on March 3, 1934, in Charlotte, NC, son of the late Margaret Stogner Barton and Wade Goldsmith Barton. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Wade Barton. John was a graduate of the first graduating class in 1952 at North Mecklenburg High School where he was Student Body President. He received numerous awards in high school as a member of FFA and was president of his Chapter. He was on the championship dairy judging team and won awards for debate and public speaking. He furthered his education at N.C. State University for pre-veterinary medicine from 1952-1955 then attended Oklahoma State University from 1955-1959 and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine License. After veterinary school he served two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. John worked at the research lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick Maryland and was discharged honorably from the Army as a Captain. During his time in the Army John won awards on the Pistol Team and was a designated sharp shooter. After the Army, he came to Charlotte and in 1960 opened Barton - Francis Veterinary Clinic on Commercial Avenue with his partner Dr. Charles Francis. They opened another location in 1964 at Archdale Drive which later he renamed Archdale Animal Hospital and practiced there until his retirement in 1994. He also established the first Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Charlotte owned by shareholders that are local veterinarians. On February 21, 1959, John married the love of his life, Freda Sue Holton of Poteau, Oklahoma. They have resided in the Wesley Chapel area of Union County since 1973. John was an active member of Gold Hill Road Church of Christ. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play jokes on people. Having graduated from N.C. State, he was a devoted N.C. State Wolfpack fan. At the age of 40 John began running, won numerous road races and completed a marathon when he was 48 years old. John was a devout Christian, dedicated family man that worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Freda Holton Barton; children, Dr. John H. Barton, Jr. and wife Betsy Barton of Murfreesboro, TN, Susan Barton George and husband Dr. Barry George of Waxhaw, and Becky Barton Addesso and husband Rich Addesso of Raleigh; grandchildren, Jack Barton and Stephen Barton, Matthew George, William George and Elizabeth George and Nicholas Addesso and Jacob Addesso; siblings, Paul Barton, Thomas Barton and Charles Barton. The family would like to thank the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice who made his final days comfortable. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in his honor be made to Levine and Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 1420 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneral.net.
Published in Charlotte Observer from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2013