Celebration of Life Services for Mr. Bernard "Bernie" George Barton, age 78, of Rickman will be conducted 12 noon, Saturday, May 1, 2021 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Greg Maxwell will officiate. Military Honors will be provided at the services from the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will welcome friends from 10 a.m. until time of services at Speck Funeral Home.
Bernie passed from this life on Wednesday morning, April 28, 2021 from his residence in Rickman, TN. He was born in Burlington, Vermont on June 28, 1942 to the late Robert, Sr. and Jessie Ball Barton. Bernie served in the Air Force for 4 years. He also served with the Tennessee State Guard for 10 years. During a portion of his time with the Tennessee State Guard, he served as Chaplain - officiating over military funerals. He was a graduate of North East Christian Jr. College and David Lipscomb College. He pursued a Masters Degree at Johnson State College in Vermont. He preached for churches of Christ for over 50 years, lastly (until his brief illness) at the church of Christ in Pleasant Hill, TN for 17 years. He was grateful to God for allowing him that opportunity of serving. He took great joy in volunteering for various causes especially with nursing homes and providing rides to treatments for persons with cancer.
Bernie leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Elease Morrow Barton, of Rickman, TN; and sisters, Sandra Barton and Esther Rider and husband Joe.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his stepmother, Edna Barton; sisters, Betty Smith, Mary Ellen Barton, Donna Barton, and Laurie Hood; brothers Donald, Robert Jr. and Merrill Barton; a favorite aunt, Josephine Moisan; and parents-in-law, Cormel and OV Morrow.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Overton County Honor Guard or St. Jude's Children Hospital by contacting Speck Funeral Home.
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