Ted G. Barton, 87, died Dec. 22 at Jellico Community Hospital after a brief illness.
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He was born on May 8, 1926 in Packard, Ky.ÊHe was the seventh of eight children.
Ted's father died when he was only six years old during some of the darkest times of the Great Depression.ÊHe also suffered from severe asthma as a child and young man.Ê Because of his infirmities, he was denied admission to the armed services.Ê Despite these obstacles, he worked when and where he could.Ê He gained the trust and confidence of others as he made friends all along life's journey. He worked for Ellison Funeral Home, performing most tasks related to the funeral and ambulance business.ÊHe was one the first people on the scene of the troop train wreck which occurred on July 6, 1944.ÊHe worked throughout the night to help rescue and transport the injured soldiers to the old Jellico Hospital.ÊHe later worked for Ready Mix Concrete and helped to supply much of the concrete used for the local part of the Eisenhower Interstate System. He also worked on a large railroad bridge in New River which required a continuous pour of nearly 20,000 cubic yards.Ê Being a natural born leader, he became a foreman for the Carborundum Company in Jacksboro.Ê During his retirement, he worked at Norris Dam Marina.
Ted was a Christian and was baptized in Cane Creek, Ky.Ê He was a long-time member of Jellico Masonic Lodge # 527, F. and A. M., Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies and Kerbela Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.Ê He was proud to participate in Shrine Paper sales as long as his health permitted.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Matilda Green Barton; grandparents, Jim and Mary Helton Barton and Josh and Mary Elizabeth Keck Green;Ê wife, Flonnie Stephens Barton; sister, Hazel Barton Hackler Jones, brothers, Harold R. Barton, Edward C. Barton, Truitt F. Barton, infant brothers, Jackie and George, Jr.; sister-in-law, Dessie Jones Barton, brother-in-law, Otis Stephens; nephew, William H. Bill Barton, Sr., nephew-in-law, Carl Stephens.
He is survived by his daughter, Loretta Phillips Williamson and husband, Milton, of Hebron, Ky.; granddaughters and their husbands, Kimberly Williamson Howland, of Hebron, Ky., Brianna Williamson Shaw, of Greenville, S.C., Tiffany Williamson Witham, of Wyoming, Ohio, and four great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Olan J. Barton, of Jellico; three sisters-in-law, Jeanette Gatliff Barton, and Wanda Leach Barton and Mandy Stephens, all of Jellico; nieces and nephews, George M. Hackler and Eddie W. Barton, both of Jellico, Jimmy R. Barton, of Murfreesboro, Frances A. Lewis, of Aliceville, Ala.; nieces and nephews-in-law, Larry Stephens, Sherman Stephens and Arlene Stephens Kidd; great-nieces and nephews, William H. Billy Barton Jr., Jana Barton Byrge, Eddie Wayne Barton II, Sara E. Barton, Susan Barton Anderson, Christopher H. Barton, Brett M. Barton and Rachel Lewis Craft; special niece and special great-nephew, Sandee A. Barton and George M. Hackler II, both of Jellico; several great-great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends, neighbors and other relatives to mourn his passing.
A Masonic Service was held Dec. 27 at Harp Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Jellico Masonic Lodge # 527.
Funeral services were Dec. 28 at Harp Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lester Cox officiating.
Interment was on the Barton family lot at Highland Park Cemetery in Williamsburg, Ky.
Pallbearers include Jimmy E. Bowlin, Kenny H. Huddleston, Mike R. Huddleston, Jeremy D. Lawson, James E. Meadors, Ron Troxtell and Terry L. Loudin.
Harp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Harp Funeral Home
572 South Main Street
Jellico, TN 37762
Published in LaFollette Press on Jan. 2, 2014