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Bellville Times
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Funeral services for Richard L. Barton, Sr, 78, owner and former editor/publisher of The Fayette County Record were held Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 10 a.m. from St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange.

He was born in Hominy Osage County, Oklahoma on April 23, 1925, the son of Lillie Mae Cross and James Homer Barton. He attended school in Hominy graduating in 1943 and then entered the army in the fall. He became a member of the 82nd Airborne, 325th Glider Infantry as a pathfinder and was part of the battle coded as "Market Garden" in the area regarding the "Bridge Too Far" in Holland.

He was wounded and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Service Arrowhead. After his discharge from the Army, he attended Oklahoma A&M University at Stillwater, OK., Oklahoma A&M University Branch School at Okmulgee, OK., Phillips University at Enid, OK., the University of Oklahoma at Norman, OK., and Draughans' Business College in Oklahoma City. He received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1949.

He married Nelda Killgore in Hominy on Dec. 24, 1946 at the First Christian Church. He has worked on newspapers in Frederick, OK., Seagraves, TX., Hugoton, KN., Enid, OK., Portageville, MO., and in Rosenberg/Richmond where he worked as advertising manager/editor and publisher. He purchased The Fayette County Record in March 1976, and was managing editor/publisher until he retired in 1988 at which time he appointed Richard L. Barton, Jr. to fill the position of editor/publisher.

While living in Rosenberg he served on the church board for Central Christian Church, was president and served in other capacities. He was a member of the Rotary Club for over 45 years and served as president in Rosenberg. He also served two terms as president of the Chamber of Commerce in Rosenberg.

Mr. Barton is survived by his wife of 56 years, one son, Richard L. "Dickie" Barton, Jr. and wife Nonnie, one daughter, Regina Keilers and husband Armin, and six grandchildren, Stacy and Richard L. "Trey" Barton III, and Tanya, Tara, Toni and Todd Keilers and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. He had been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church since moving to La Grange.

The family requests that memorials be made to the St. Mark's Foundation, 485 N. Jefferson, Suite 5, La Grange, Texas 78945 or the charity of your choice.

Posted by Joy Neely

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