James Barton

James Bradford Barton, 80, passed away on December 8, 2012.

Born on April 2, 1932, Jim was a deacon at Good Shepherd Catholic Church and a longtime resident of Frankfort. Born in Buffalo, New York, he came to Kentucky as a result of military service. Jim served in the New York National Guard, the U. S. Army (active duty 1962-1969), and the Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of Major. He spent a year along the DMZ defending South Korea.

After leaving the Army, he attended the University of Kentucky, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in education. He taught at Second Street School for many years before moving to a position with the Department of Education.

Deacon Jim is best known for his work with the Church and Kiwanis. He was the first Roman Catholic deacon in Frankfort. He continued his service to mankind after moving to Cadillac, Michigan. He was a good and faithful servant to his Lord and his fellow man.

Jim is survived by his wife Nancy; three children, Garrett (Priscilla), of Colorado Springs, Elizabeth, of Waddy, and Andrea (Jon Dunlap), of Bedford; and three grandchildren.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the Church of the Good Shepherd at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Friends may call at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, and a Scripture Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203.

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  • I was in Mr. Barton's first after school science class we made a lamp and I couldn't under stand how to make the knot at the end of the plug so I could attach it to the switch. He showed me one time and every time I have had to replace a switch in my lamp I fondly remember his patiences that he showed each and everyday to all of his students. He was my favorite teacher next to Mrs. Roach.

  • Ours was Mr. Barton's first 5th grade class at Second Street School. Some very good memories from that year. Thanks Mr. Barton for all that you did for the students and the good people of Good Shepherd Church.