James Cecil Barton
Jan 21, 2014
James Cecil Barton
Jan. 21, 2014
James Cecil Barton, 83, of Riceville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1930, in Possum Holler in Swain County, N.C. As a young child, he lived in North Carolina and Tennessee and survived the Great Depression. In 1937, at age seven, he moved to Chicago where he saw his first street car and electric lights. He was raised in Chicago and lived in the area from 1937 to 2005. He was employed by Cargill, Inc. for 41 years loading and unloading ships, trucks and trains.
He married his first wife, Lenore Thompkins, in 1950 and raised a family in South Chicago. He married his second wife, Sandra Barton, in 1972 and raised a family in Calumet City. For many years, he was a band leader for The Sounds of Country. He sang lead and played the guitar and fiddle. He had a great love for music, traveling, fishing and hunting.
In 2005, James moved back to Tennessee where he quietly spent his last years playing music and spending time with family and friends he so dearly loved.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Clifford and Mabel Davis Barton; siblings, Dorothy, Benny, and Phillip Barton; and wife, Sandra Barton.
He is survived by his children and stepchildren, Pamela Wilson (Mike), Sandra Harvey (Walter), Linda Deskins (Brad), Sandra White (Rodney), Michael Petersen, and Jamie Skripac (Justin). He had many beautiful grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His siblings, Ernest Barton (Ruth), Clifford Barton (Neva), Margaret Barton, Larry Barton (Darlene), and Jeff Andrus (Donna).
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Davis of New Bethel Church officiating.
Burial will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond, Ind.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
If you are unable to attend the visitation, sign the guest registry at www.zieglerfuneralhome.com
Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of James Cecil Barton.