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1011 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone: (864) 242-1144
Fax: (864) 232-4636
Rev. Dr. Ronald  Barton

Rev. Dr. Ronald Dexter Barton

Tuesday July 24, 1962 - Tuesday February 18, 2020
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Rev. Dr. Ronald D. Barton was a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He was the seventh child born to the late Mr. Willis F. Jr., and Mrs. Mary Louise Barton.

He was educated in the Greenville County School District, after graduating from Berea High School, he
furthered his education by enrolling into Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies. He was also a graduate of the Morris College School of Religion with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree, (Magna Cum Laude), graduating second in his class. He later received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Morris College.

Dr. Barton was licensed into the Gospel ministry when he was 15 years old by the Shady Oak Baptist Church of Greenville. He was ordained by the Mount Hebron Progressive Baptist Association of Columbia, South Carolina. His pastoral experience includes being pastor of Central Baptist of Columbia, SC where he served for seven (7) years; Shady Oak Baptist Church, (his home church) where he served for over 20 years; and planted a Ministry, Restoration Community Outreach. Dr. Barton was currently a member of Long Branch Baptist Church, where his son in ministry, Rev. Sean Dogan is pastor.

Dr. Barton has preached extensively all over South Carolina and other states as well. He has also preached on international soil, having preached in Nassau Bahamas.

He was a member of the Reedy River Baptist Association, the Reedy River Congress of Christian Education (where he served as Dean), the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (where he was a former state chairman and member of the Board of Evangelism), the Baptist Ministers’ Fellowship of Greenville and Vicinity and the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.

Dr. Barton was an anointed musician and a gifted vocalist and songwriter. He was director of the Impact Youth Choir and a charter member of the Harold Brooker Workshop Ensemble and the Male Chorus, Inc., both of Columbia, South Carolina. He had the opportunity to play and sing with such Gospel greats as Rev. James Cleveland, Rev. Daryl Coley, Richard Smallwood, John P. Kee, Sensational Southern Echoes and many others. He was also a radio announcer for WPJM Radio in Greer, South Carolina, for many years.

He was involved in the civic arena as well. He served on the Board of Directors for the Family Self-Sufficiency Task Force of the Greenville Housing Authority, the Board of Directors for S.H.A.R.E, the Urban League of the Upstate, Senior Action, Morris College, and the Citizens Advisory Council for the Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He was a member of the N.A.A.C.P., the Morris College National Alumni Association, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Gloria Foggie, Margaret Peterson, Danny Barton, and Willis Barton, III.

Dr. Ronald D. Barton leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his legacy, his former wife and dear friend, Patricia Barton of Greenville, SC; one daughter, Ericka Kennedy of Lexington, KY; one granddaughter, Anjelica Jones of Lexington, KY; his spiritual son and daughter, Pastor Sean and Satreva Dogan, and spiritual granddaughter, Ramiah Dogan, all of Simpsonville, SC.; an uncle, Jack Rosemond; a sister-in-law, Rodessa Barton; numerous god-children; and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday February 23, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday February 23, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm
    Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary
    1011 Augusta Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Omega Ceremony @ 5:30pm Public Visitation @ 6:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Sunday February 23, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday February 23, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary
    1011 Augusta Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Omega Ceremony @ 5:30pm Public Visitation @ 6:00pm
  • Service

    Monday February 24, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday February 24, 2020 12:00pm
    Long Branch Baptist Church
    28 Bolt St
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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  • Interment

    Resthaven Memorial Gardens
    1655 Piedmont Hwy
    PIEDMONT, SC 29673
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Pastor Eddie L. Davis

Posted at 08:25am
We wrap your family in love hugs and support during this time. Dr. Barton was a classmate and friend of mine. I along with my church family, Community of Grace Church, Bennettsville, SC want you to know that the family is in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for strength and continued peace for the family. Pastor Eddie L. Davis

K. Gerone Free

Posted at 07:40am
My heart is sadden at the passing of my dear friend and brother. A wonderful servant of the Lord. My prayers to the family and those in the community where he lived. Dr. K. Gerone Free

Francina Way

Posted at 10:21pm
My condolences to the family. I worked at WPJM 800am Radio Station along with Rev. Barton we came on different days. He was a joy to be around, and also worked with him at Spirit Fest with ERay promotions, he all ways had a smile. I did know him when he lived in Columbia and was the Pastor of Central Baptist Church. He would hold a conversation with me when ever we ran into each other he will truly be missed.

Mrs. Francina Way


Posted at 07:48pm
Greater Galilee Baptist Church-Charlotte Location
501 West Park Avenue ~ Charlotte, NC 28203
Telephone: 704-376-8600

Greater Galilee-Winston Salem Location
1355 Peachtree Street ~ Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Telephone: 336-231- 9885


​To the Barton Family

After the tears have dried and the good byes have been said, all we have to hold on to are the happy memories that we shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps theirs alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us.
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close to us in every thought and prayer.
The Greater Galilee church Family of Charlotte and Winston Salem are praying for you to get through this time with the peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and that He will take care of you our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.

Yours sincerely,

Pastor Robert L. and Lady Terry Mc Gowens, Sr.
Greater Galilee Baptist Church Charlotte and Winston Salem Church Family
Sister Lavonne McLean, Church Secretary
Deaconess Sabrina Wolfe, Church Clerk- Winston Salem Campus
Minister Sherman Dargins, Assistant to the Pastor Charlotte Campus
Minister Eddie Moser, Assistant to the Pastor Winston Salem Campus


james abrams

Posted at 04:49pm
God bless his memory! And I thank God for the pristine privilege of friendship,fellowship,and ministry with Pastor Barton. I shall always remember his kindness to me in the beginning of my ministry. He was a Blessing!

Rev.Dr. James W. Abrams Jr. and family,
and the St.James Baptist Church

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