David Barton of Corsicana passed away May 22, 2017 at the age of 86. David was born in Gainesville Nov. 11, 1930 to James and Vesta Barton. Upon graduation, he began working at Sherwin Williams. Shortly after he began his career with them, he met the love of his life, Nita Leaton Barton at a midnight showing of "Gone With The Wind." He went home after the movie and told his mother that he had met the girl he was going to marry. And so it was, on Nov. 14, 1948, they married and began their own love story that endured for 63 years. In 1958, they moved to Corsicana where David managed the Sherwin Williams store and he and Nita raised a family.
According to their older son Gary, he would tell you that no one had a happier childhood than they did. How their mom and dad raised four children on one paycheck every two weeks, he did not know. But he did know they had everything they needed and most of what they wanted. Their dad worked 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week. After 37 years, he retired at age 55. His kids often kidded him that he had been retired almost as long as he worked.
David was known to have little tact. You never had to guess what side of the fence he was on. He was not politically correct and he had no trouble figuring out which bathroom to use. He treated everyone he met with fairness and compassion. He always did the right thing, even when no one was looking and through all his infirmities later in life, he never ever complained. The only thing he wished for was to be with the love of his life once again. And now he is. Thank you Dad for everything.
During the course of David's career he won many awards for his successful management of the store and served the community through the Lion's Club. He was highly thought of by his employees, customers and friends. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed getting out on the lakes as often as possible upon his retirement in 1986.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nita Barton and son Lane Barton as well as his brothers James, Leo and Phillip and sister Barbara.
He is survived by his children, Gary, Terry and Lisa and daughters-in-law Diane and Rae Cene. David had five grandchildren Joshua, Laura, Hope, Nikki and Katie and one great grandson Connor.
His ashes will be interred at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.
Published on May 23, 2017