John Kelly Barton (July 19, 1952 - June 10, 2023)

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John Kelly Barton
  • July 19, 1952
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  • June 10, 2023

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John Kelly Barton, 70 of Ocala, Florida, passed peacefully on June 10, 2023

He was born in Washington, DC on July 19, 1952 to Donald E Barton and Elizabeth Garlock Barton. He attended Highpoint Highschool in Prince George’s County, MD after which time he enlisted in the US Army in December of 1970 and was stationed in Ft. Bragg, NC in the 82nd Airborne Division. Following John’s service in the military, he attended Fayetteville Technical Institute (Fayetteville, NC) where he received his diploma after which he obtained his license from the state of NC as an electrician. John married his 2nd wife, Cecile Louise Galloway in 1998 in Steamboat Springs, CO. They resided in Palm Beach Gardens, FL until 2016 when they relocated to Ocala, FL.

Earlier in John’s life, he was active raising his 4 children, was an avid craftsman, and enjoyed fishing and camping. Later, following an accident whereby he was left an amputee, John was active in the North American One Armed Golfer’s Association (NAOAGA) as one of the earliest members, Wounded Warriors, and National Amputee Golfers’ Association (NAGA). John was passionate about helping others with disabilities to remain engaged in life and “Never Quit” which is the motto of NAOAGA. The Never Quit Cup was later renamed by the organization to the John Barton, Never Quit Cup in his honor in January of 2023.

John Kelly Barton is survived by his wife, Cecile Barton, his four children, daughter Melanie Barton Combs and her spouse Jeff Combs, daughter Karie Barton Chitwood, daughter Kristina Barton Newman and her spouse Sean Newman and son Joshua Barton. John also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, Sam & Nicholas Combs, Gabrielle Chitwood Tolle and spouse Aaron Tolle & Zachary Chitwood and spouse Samantha Chitwood, Raymond Newman & Chloe Newman, Alexandria Bundrick and Rose Kioseff and 2 great-grandchildren, Marlaina & Oliver Tolle. John is also survived by a sister, Alice Barton Jarboe and spouse Jerry Jarboe, Mother-in law Ilse Galloway as well as cherished brothers & sisters in laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Donald E. Barton and Elizabeth Garlock Barton and his sister, Jenny Barton Poyer.

The family will host a celebration of life at a later date (tbd). In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in John’s name to one of the following organizations:

https://www.naoaga.org/

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

https://donate.cancer.org/


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  8. John and Mary Chitwood says:
    13 Jun 2023
    To the Barton Family,
    Such difficulty expressing the feelings that tumble around in our heart and brain. This man overcame so much and made a decision to live life to the fullest and to love life as he lived it. He will be missed for certain. Remember this as Janet Paschal said in a beautiful song: “It won’t rain always “ and our loving God “will carry you through”. Love you all.
    John and Mary Ellen

  9. Chrissy Beecher says:
    13 Jun 2023
    Karie,
    Thinking and praying for you and your family at this time. May all the years of memories comfort you and bring you a smile. Know that he will always be with you and its never goodbye, its just "see you on the other side" .

  10. Jim Goodwin says:
    13 Jun 2023
    Love you Uncle John. You will be greatly missed!

  11. Karie Chitwood posted an image:
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  12. Karie Chitwood posted an image:
    13 Jun 2023
    In Dad’s words and handwriting- late 1990 after being discharged from the burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL.
    In Dad’s words and handwriting- late 1990 after being discharged from the burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL.

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