Sophia J. Barton, 1939-2016

Sophia J. Barton

Sophia J. Barton

Sophia J. Barton, 77, of Siloam Springs, formerly of Conway and Flippin, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Springdale, Arkansas.

She was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Tilton, Arkansas, the daughter of Sam and Nora Mae Baldwin.

Sophia studied education at the University of Arkansas, and was a Razorback fanatic. She taught elementary school for many years, dedicating herself and being loved by the children in her classrooms. She loved to spend time with her family, complete crossword puzzles and follow Razorback football and basketball.

She married James Barton on Easter Sunday, 1956, at Tilton United Methodist Church in Tilton, Arkansas. James later became a Methodist pastor and served as an elder in the North Arkansas and Little Rock Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. James A. Barton; grandparents, W.F. Kirksey and Willie Jane Pulley Kirksey and Sophie Biggem Baldwin and Nomido Baldwin; parents, Sam and Nora Mae Baldwin; and a great-grandson, Bailey Barton.

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Tilton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Glenn Hicks officiating. Burial followed in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, with BJ Burnett, David Brown, Brian Barton, John Ryan Johnson, Casey Shelly and Levi Hall as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Tilton United Methodist Church, CR 133, Hickory Ridge, AR 72347 or CARTI, 622 Hospital Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653.