Walter F. Barton III, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on Wednesday, September 24, 2019. He is survived by his wife Betty, his sons Bart (Meg) and Travis (Diane), and his large loving extended family.
Walter willingly and proudly served his country in the US Navy. He began his civilian career as a payroll clerk at the Freight Tariff Bureau and then went into sales for The Lanier Company.
Walter worked at American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC) where he was responsible for expanding the local company’s national and international reach. Walter worked tirelessly for five years to introduce AFLAC into the Japanese market, which represents over 22 Billion in revenue for the now industry giant. His career took him to Japan, Hong Kong, China, Kuwait, Qatar, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.
Walter was involved in republican politics. He and his wife Betty attended four inaugural balls. He donated over 8,000 hours and supervised over 18,000 volunteers for the 1996 Summer Olympics and was named Loaned Executive of the Year by United Way for his work for Red Cross.
He was a 1948 graduate of Georgia Military Academy (GMA) and a 1958 graduate of Georgia State University.
Walter was a very active member of St. Simons United Methodist Church while he resided there, and of Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church in Dacula, the church he has called his home since 2005.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday September 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church, 1450 Pine Road Dacula GA. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the HMUMC Building Fund.