Obituary and funeral service: James Howard Barton, 89, of Social Circle

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Dr. James Howard Barton, MD, age 89, of Social Circle, passed away on August 21, 2020. He was born in Murphy, NC on April 14, 1931 to the late Esther Swaim Barton and the late Guy Arvel Barton. 

Doctor Barton practiced medicine for 51 years. He had an office in Social Circle for 31 yrs. In Walton County, he was state medical director for Walton County, and Medical Director for Walton County EMS. He did minor surgical procedures, anesthesia, obstetrics, and he was medical Director for Park Place Nursing Home and Social Circle Nursing Home. He was also Chief of staff at Walton County Hospital. He received the Walton County Citizenship Award. 

He was a Boy Scout leader. He belonged to the Lions Club of SC, he was a Shriner in Scottish Rite, and a member of many professional medical organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Judi Barton of Social Circle; Children: Leslie Kay and Kent Adams of Social Circle, Gregory and Lisa Barton of Fayetteville; Steven Barton, Perri Ann and Dan Walden of Covington, Karla Jean Ensminger of Social Circle, Allen and Kelly Ensminger of Covington; sisters, Dot Chewning of Richmond, VA, Mary Turner of Covington, Jane Crump of South Carolina; brother and sister-in-law, John and Edna Barton of Virginia; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. 

Visitation will be held at Meadows Funeral Home on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A graveside service will be Friday, August 28, 2020 at 10:00 am at Social Circle City Cemetery.

Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. is in chanrge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at

Reposted courtesy of Meadows Funeral Home.

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