James A. Barton Sr., 1937-2015

James A. Barton

James A. Barton

The Rev. James Allen Barton Sr., 77, of Conway, formerly of Flippin, passed away July 1, 2015. He was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Thayer, Mo., the son of Marvin and Artie Allen Barton.

James married Sophia Baldwin on Easter Sunday, 1956, at Tilton United Methodist Church in Tilton, Ark. He attended seminary at Perkins School of Theology, and served in the United Methodist Church for 45 years, beginning in the North Arkansas Conference at Griffithville in 1960 and ending his service in the Little Rock Conference in England, Ark., in 1993. James also served on the worship committee and as chair of communications for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He moved from Conway from Flippin in 2011. He loved to fish and paint in oils.

James is survived by his wife, Sophia Barton of Conway; children, James (Sherry) Barton of Gentry, Aloha Danette Doss of Conway and Anthony Barton of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Barton, Tammy (Bubba) Hall, Brynn (Casey) Shelly, Brooke Barton, John Ryan (Amanda) Johnson, Kellsie Smalley, Hollis Barton, JB Smalley, Hattie Barton and Hanna Barton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Hayden and Nova Allen and Elmer and Mary Barton; and a great-grandson, Bailey Barton.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 3, 2015, at Bull Shoals United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Clark officiating.

Burial followed in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, with Brian Barton, John Ryan Johnson, Casey Shelly, Bubba Hall, Levi Hall and JB Smalley as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, 5300 Evergreen Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205 or CARTI, 622 Hospital Dr., Mountain Home, AR 72653.