Donald Ralph “Donnie” Barton of Everglades City, Fla., passed away suddenly on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Cleveland, where he had been helping his son, Harmon, remodel.
He was a master carpenter who moved from Clewiston to Everglades City in 1943 at the age of three. He truly enjoyed the Everglades, especially his hunting camp. He built houses from New Hampshire to Florida. With each new adventure, he made numerous friends. For many years, he built docks with a pile driver that he made from a lawn mower.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Judy Harmon Barton, originally from Greeneville; children: Dona-Gene, Kathryn Nell and husband, the Rev. Dr. Dony Donev, and Harmon David and wife, Leah. The loves of his life were his grandchildren: Alex Donald and Alissa Rae Barton and Kariyana Donev; brother, David Barton and wife, Helen, from Pendergrass, Ga.; mother-in-law, Kathryn Harmon and brother-in-law, Dr. David Eugene Harmon, both of Morristown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Nellie Barton; brother, Bill Barton; and father-in-law, Eugene Harmon.
He strove to be an example of Christ’s love to everyone he met and never missed an opportunity to share his testimony how by the grace of God he became a changed man. He always stressed the importance of accepting Christ before it was too late. He was an ordained Baptist deacon and member of Copeland Baptist Mission, past Master of Tamiami Masonic Lodge 262 and a member of York Rite.
He always put his family and others before himself. His generosity will be missed not only in Everglades City and across the country but throughout Canada, Mexico, Bulgaria, Australia, Guatemala and Costa Rica, where he had numerous friends whom he thoroughly enjoyed visiting and helping with projects.
He will be remembered in a memorial service at Conasauga Lodge 396 in Ocoee at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, and at a later date in Everglades City, Fla. Details will be posted at www.companionfunerals.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Florida Masonic Home or to Cup and Cross Ministries through either Everglades Community Church, Everglades City, Fla. or Chokoloskee Church of God, Chokoloskee, Fla.
The family wishes God’s blessings on everyone and asks that people do not miss the opportunity to be with Donnie in heaven.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Donald and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Barton family with these arrangements.