James E. Barton
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Barton James E. Barton. A funeral service for James E. Barton, 79, Granville, OH / Naples, FL, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at Swasey Chapel, Denison University with a Celebration of Life following at 5 p.m. at Moundbuilders Country Club. Separate calling hours will be at Moundbuilders Country Club, 125 N. 33rd St., Newark on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Jim was born June 12, 1934 in Finleyville, Pennsylvania, the youngest of ten children of Charles T. Barton and Clara Diehl Barton. He was raised in Mason, West Virginia; graduated from Wahama High School in 1952 (Wahama Sports Hall of Fame), and received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1956) and his Masters Degree from Marshall University, where he attended on both basketball and football scholarships. After college he went on to serve two years in the United States Navy, serving stateside on the Bainbridge and Little Creek Naval Bases, where he continued to play organized football and basketball. After his service in the Navy, Jim was offered a contract to play professional football with the Baltimore Colts, and as he describes, he was the last player cut by Coach Weeb Eubank, who became a good friend over the years. He was eventually signed to play by Lamar Hunt, owner of the Dallas Texans in the American Football League. He was later traded to the Denver Broncos, and finished his playing career in Denver in 1963. He spent two additional years as a scout for the San Diego Chargers under Head Coach Sid Gilman. Before his playing career ended, Jim had entered the insurance business on a part time basis to make sure he had a career after football, and it was this decision that would bring him to Central Ohio. He started in the group health insurance business as an employee of the General American Life Insurance Company, and through a series of mutual contacts ended up living in Worthington, Ohio and working with the Glenn M. Erskine Company in Pataskala. In 1973 he ventured out on his own, moved to Granville, Ohio and started Advanced Employee Benefits, Inc., which eventually became Jim Barton & Associates, Inc. in 1979. Jim's successes in the life insurance business are many, but his grandest accomplishments came in seeing the people he employed and mentored achieve levels of success they never thought possible. One of Jim's proudest gestures was spearheading the Tribute to Licking County World War II Veterans in 2006, and later a separate celebration "Honoring All Licking County Veterans" in 2011. Both events were amazing examples of the lengths he would go to ensure our veterans would always know how much they are appreciated, and that Freedom is Never Free. Jim was a member of the Licking County Life Underwriters; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; a 45-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT); Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), Twenty-Five Million Dollar Forum (now the International Forum); President and Chairman of the GenAmerica Financial Advisory Council; 20-year seat on the Board of Directors of Medical Benefits Mutual (MedBen) and a member of the GenAmerica Financial (MetLife) Hall of Fame - the highest honor the company bestows on its agents for his consistent success and contributions to the life insurance industry. Jim was a member of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and the President of the NFLPA - Columbus Chapter. He served on the inaugural board of Licking County Hospice, and was a member of Moundbuilders Country Club; Granville Rotary; Newark Elks Club; the Denison Big Red Touchdown Club; the Marshall University "Big Green" Club; the Ohio State University President's Club and he was an Ohio Commodore, an honor bestowed by Governor James Rhodes. His most esteemed membership may have been his association with his Naples, FL "PIP Club" (Previously Important People) - a group of retired business owners who gather daily to praise free enterprise, the American way of life and commiserate about liberals, and those "who had never met a payroll". He loved everybody, but nobody was safe from his sense of humor and practical jokes. Jim found tremendous strength throughout his life in his relationship with God. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Granville, First Presbyterian Church of Naples, and past member of Central College Presbyterian Church in Westerville, where he and his wife, Kay, became close friends with the Reverend Richard Ellsworth, who, along with family, was by his side in the last days of his life. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Kay (Eaton) Barton; children, Brooke (Jerome) Datz, Beth (Richard) Eckels, Ben (Jennifer Young) Barton; bonus children, Emily (James) Sandul and Max (Nikki) Eaton; grandchildren, James V. Datz, Hannah R. Datz, Bailey E. Blanchard, Benton L. Blanchard, Alex Eckels, Charles T. Barton, Lilly J. Barton, Jackson Sandul, Joey Sandul and Madeline K. Eaton; former wife, Sue B. Barton. Also surviving sister, Annabelle Butler; brother, Robert Barton. He was preceded in death by brothers Russell and Charles; and sisters Clara Oates Manley, Mildred Garvin, Chloe Hill, Edna Poskon and Margaret Swift and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Licking County Salvation Army - Honoring Licking County Veterans, Hospice of Central Ohio and the Granville Athletic Boosters. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcpeekhoekstra.com.


Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jun. 25 to Jun. 26, 2013.
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To Kay, Emily, Max, Ben, Brooke, Beth,
I have extended my sympathies to Kay but this is the best way for me to say how sorry we are to all the children and "bonus" children of Jim Barton. Not having your addresses, we did want to convey to all of you how very saddened we are with his passing. Big Jim was so big nobody will ever forget him for a minute. He was a great guy and will be sadly missed. We hold a candle up for him at Seawatch in Naples at sunset time. With sympathy, Carol And Larry Wright
July 3, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the Barton family. Jay especially remembers the good times at the Dave Diles Golf Classic in 1981 and a fun fishing trip with Jim and others to Lake Erie until a bad storm came up. As friends and former clients of Jim we were fortunate to have known him. He was a good man and will be missed.

Jay and Barbara Chaney
Dr. Jay S. Chaney
July 1, 2013
To the Jim Barton family.
I am very sorry for your earthly loss. I knew Jim in the late 50's when he was our football coach at Middleport,Ohio. He was one of the guys and a good coach. I last spoke with Jim in Middleport about five years ago. Dave Wolfe a friend of mine in Newark told me about Jim's passing.
I know you will be at a loss without him in your life.
Jan Hauck
Jan Hauck
July 1, 2013
So sorry to hear about the passing of your father.
Doris Boltres
July 1, 2013
Dear Kay, so glad you had all those wonderful years with Jim. May those memories bring you solace. Our deepest sympathy, Kay and Rich Andersen, Cinti, Ohio
June 28, 2013
Greatly saddened by Jims passing ,had known him from the late 70,s thru both business and personal activities in Granville and Fla. Deep sympathies Granger McKinney
June 28, 2013
Kay & all of the family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We have a lot of memories from MCC and Florida. He was a great person and we know you will miss him.
Fred & Carol Taylor
June 28, 2013
Jim, You will be greatly missed. You always had great advice & a great sense of humor. I am thankful to have known you. ~ Tracey, Sam, Kaeleigh & Reed
Tracey Tripp
June 27, 2013
Dear Kay, Our hearts go out to you and your wonderful family.We were in awe after reading about Jim's life. Feel cheated that we didn't know him in better times.
Peter & Beth Vrees
June 27, 2013
I did not know this man but after reading his obituary, I sure wished I had! Loved what the PIP Club talked about. This should be on Fox News!
Pat Bringardner
June 27, 2013
Only got to know Jim for a few years and always enjoyed his company. Jim tried to act tough but was a Gentle Teddy Bear.. will miss watching the sunsets in Florida with him Mike and Fran Minor
June 27, 2013
It made me feel important just saying Jim was my friend, he was somebody in my otherwise ordinary existence.
roger craig
June 27, 2013
Kay, Emily, Max and family,
Jim was such a fine man, we have such fond memories. JC had such great times at your house. He tested Jim's patience more than once, but Jim always welcomed him. We are so sorry for your loss.
The Cramer family
June 26, 2013
Kay our prayers are with you and the Barton family during these trying times. Our fond memories are many and will be there forever. Leonard and Lauretta Glick
June 26, 2013
We are sorry for your loss Barton Family. Thinking of you during this difficult time. xx Kent and Trish Reid
June 26, 2013
You will be in our memories. Good, Bad and funny. Memories of high school classes, sports and road trips.
Paul and Peachie Roush
June 26, 2013
The Yinger family sends our condolences. Jim is a great man who's memory and viewpoint in life will live on in his family and children. The Barton family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan Yinger
June 26, 2013
So sorry for your loss. I am remembering all the fun times we have had over the years.
Jane Peters
June 26, 2013
We will always remember the ''gentle giant'' of the ''Pips"".
A great man, a great friend. Jim and Lydia
June 26, 2013
Will miss you Big Jim..you had a way of putting things in the proper perspective.
Eric Jones
June 26, 2013
Emily, Jim and the Barton family- Please let you family know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. What a wonderful man he was!!! May the wonderful memories of him live with you forever! God Bless you All.
Tim and Chris Berger
June 26, 2013
The Craig family will always cherish all the memories we had together as a family. Uncle "Big Jim" you are, and will be, forever loved.
Sarah Craig
June 25, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Lynn & Kim VanSyckle
June 25, 2013
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