Sunday, April 9, 2017

Obituary of Mrs. Martina Barton
1889-1981

Services for Mrs. Martina Barton, 92, retired teacher in the Brookhaven and Lincoln County public schools, will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from Bethel AME Church. Rev. Stanley J. Carter will officiate at the services. A wake will be observed at the church Thursday from 7 p.m. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Barton died Oct. 10 in King's Daughters Hospital. She was a native of New Orleans and had been a long time resident of Brookhaven. Mrs. Barton attended the public schools in New Orleans, New Orleans University, and Strait College and later attended Jackson State University. She had retired from the teaching profession 22 years ago. She was a member of Bethel AME Church and at the time of her death was an honorary member of the board of Stewards.

Mrs. Barton was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Lee Barton, and four children. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Dickey, Brookhaven and Mrs. Evelyn Barnes, New Orleans; a son, Ernest Barton, New Orleans; three grandchildren, Mrs. Rita D. Lewis, Brookhaven, Dr. Audette Patternson, New Orleans, Mrs. Rose M. Brooks, Chicago. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Samuel Barton married Martina Jones 27 Jun 1903, in Lincoln County, Mississippi. The couple's children per the census records were: Bertran, Sam, Jr., Amile, Lionel, Evelyn, Ernest, and Mary. Martina Jones Barton was born 25 Oct 1889 in Louisiana, died 10 Oct 1981. Sam died in 1960. Both were buried in the Carver Heights Cemetery in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

Sam nor Martina are related to me. They were members of the same church, Bethel AME Church, my Markham family members attended.

Martina is pictured in a photo here - The Ladies of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Sources:
Daily Leader Oct 14 1981
Photograph from Find A Grave

5 comments:

  1. That is a very nice obituary. It's sad that four of her children died before she did.

    Finding Eliza

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    1. I also liked this one. It speaks to respectability, achievement, family. I suppose a long life has a good bit of sadness.

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  2. Linda, well said...sad, but true. Saundra

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  3. Based on the information in the obituary, it sounds like she did not retire until she was 70 years old. She must have been in amazing health to be a teacher through her late 60s. Teaching is a very demanding job.

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    1. She probably was in amazing health since she lived until she was 92. It is likely she loved what she was doing and that makes the task easier.

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