Rita H. and David W. Barton of Myrtle Beach, SC:Information about Rita Gail Howard
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Rita Gail Howard (b. August 13, 1943)
Rita Gail Howard (daughter of John Coleman Howard and Gladys Smith) was born August 13, 1943 in Lewisburg, TN, Marshall Co..She married David Wayne Barton on April 20, 1962 in Florence, Alabama, son of James David Barton and Lou Nell Kincannon.
Notes for Rita Gail Howard:
I was born at Gordon's Hospital in Lewisburg, TN.I was baptized in Jackson, TN at the Highland church of Christ on Highland Avenue on May
9, 1956.O. D. Johns was holding our spring gospel meeting.Don Garder was our regular minister.My Dad, J. C. Howard, sold insurance and we moved often.We lived in Lewisburg, Jackson, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Dyersburg and back to Jackson (all of these are in Tennessee).
I graduated from Jackson High School in June of 1962.
David and I were high school sweethearts.We started going steady on October 10, 1959.We had been on a DBS hay ride.Another couple was riding with us and while Billy Bain was walking his girlfriend Sandra Northcott to the door ( he was gone for awhile).David asked me to go steady.I said, "Yes."We never broke up and never fussed.
We both would arrive at high school early each morning and we would sit together in the auditorium until the warning bell rang.David was a senior and I was a junior.We only had one class together and that was General Business.We met in this class.David always tells that I was the "teacher's pet" because I called the role every day.
We have been married for 45 years now.I can't say we have never fussed but I can say that I love him more now than I did when we married.However, when we married I didn't think it possible to love him more than I did then.The Lord has been good to us and we have enjoy many wonderful years together and hopefully we will have the privilege of being together many more.
The year is 2008.We have celebrated our 46th anniversary.We purchased a condo in Gatlinburg in October of 2006.The year we will have the distinct pleasure of enjoying the mountains that we love for 6 months.Retirement is a wonderful thing.As we look around and see the beauty of nature we find it difficult to believe that there are folks who deny our Creator.We are thankful every day for the mountains, the local church, the fellowship of those with like precious faith, our continued good health and the time we have to enjoy each others company.We will be blessed this summer with a visit from our youngest granddaughter, Michelle.She will be with us about five weeks.Last summer the whole clan was here . . . Jim, Audra and Michelle.In 2008, Audra celebrated her 16th birthday and will be working this summer in Myrtle Beach.This was Daddy Bs (David's) last year to drive carpool (taking the girls to school) due to Audra's 16th birthday and getting her driver's license.
More About Rita Gail Howard:
Retirement: March 01, 2007, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
More About Rita Gail Howard and David Wayne Barton:
Marriage: April 20, 1962, Florence, Alabama.
Marriage Notes for Rita Gail Howard and David Wayne Barton:
We were married in the courthouse in Florence, Alabama by Judge Estes R. Flint.My friend, Marie Alexander went with us as a witness.The other attendant was Neil Duncan a gentleman who worked in the courthouse.We were going to keep our marriage a secret until September but we only kept the secret for a week.Couldn't wait to be together.
Children of Rita Gail Howard and David Wayne Barton are:
- +James Howard Barton, b. January 12, 1964, Jackson, TN, Madison Co.