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Leonard Barton


Obituary wriiten by family:

It is with tears and sadness we write the obituary of our dad Leonard Barton. His earthly journey is over, but his heavenly one has just begun. We are so thankful to know he is praising God today and we will see him again. He was a very special and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a man of honor and had great character which greatly influenced those around him.

Dad was 82 years of age when he passed away on April 2, 2007. Dad was born on January 1, 1925, in Tenso, VA to Elijah and Emaline Barton. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers. He leaves behind his loving companion of 62 lears, Madgaline (Maggie) Barton of Bristol, VA. His daughters: Janis Nagel (husband George, deceased) of Beltsville, MD, Bonita Cook (husband Elder Billy) of Frederick, MD, Sharon Shoop (husband Russ) of Leonardtown, MD. His son Rickey Barton of Beltsville, MD. He had 7 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 15 step grandchildren.

In 1943 at the age of 18 he was drafted into the United States Army and served six honorable years during World War II. During this time he served as a medic and worked with German prisoners. He was joined in marriage to the love of his life Nannie Magdaline Wood at the Clintwood courthouse officiated by Elder R. Singleton.

The way he approached living was with a simple set of priorities, his first priority was to God, then his family and then his work. This was the foundation on which he built his life of service. He joined Sandlick Primitive Baptist church October 1959. While at Sandlick Church he received the holy calling to preach the gospel, and was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry in 1963. He was a strong believer in God and the teachings of the Bible. he dedicated his life to preaching the gospel for the Primitive Baptist churches over the next 47 years.

In December 1959, he moved his family to Riverdale, MD, where he took a job as a mechanic. God blessed him to organize Shiloh Primitive Baptist church in Edmonston, MD after many home meetings were held in the area. While he lived in Maryland he served the church at Wilmington, Delaware for one year. He retired in 1983 from his job in Maryland and returned to Bristol, VA. He worked on clocks as a hobby while he lived in Maryland and this later became his occupation in Virginia. His service continued as he served as pastor at Shiloh, Millers View, and Tumbling Creek Primitive Baptist Churches. He preached at many churches along the way. He traveled to Ohio, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Florida, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia. In his final days he was the pastor of Tumbling Creek Church and served until the Lord called him home.

He loved Mom and was a wonderful provider for his family. He worked hard so the ones he loved might live comfortably. Mom was by his side every step of the way; she supported him in the endeavors of building a family together. Dad was a firm man, and when teaching us something he wanted us to learn it the correct way.

In his preaching, his central theme was to bring forth the beauty of the church and Jesus Christ. Many who have sat under his preaching can say he had a unique sound that was given from God. He was a scriptural preacher and did not veer from the truth. He loved to preach on the Church as a symbolism of a Bride the Lamb's wife. Many times I heard him speak about her garments, how they were without spot or blemish washed white in the blood of the Lamb. He loved to preach about the Love Jesus had for the Church.

Many times he preached on the wisdom of God in relation to the Church. One of dad's favorite passages was, "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars; She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither, as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. for by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. if thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; but if thou scornest, thou alone shall bear it” (Proverbs 9:1-12).

Dearest husband, dad, granddad, and friend, may your sweet spirit sing round the throne of God till the Lord returns in the resurrection morning and reunites the spirit with the body, then so shall we ever be with the Lord.

larry heldman  

Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)