Joe Weldon Bartley

February 26, 1928 - April 23, 2010

Joe Weldon Bartley, age 82, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, April 23, 2010 at Texoma Healthcare in Sherman, Texas. He was born February 26, 1928 at Whitewright to C.A. and Lillie Rae Stalcup Bartley. He married the love of his life, Billie Jeane Mullins on May 21, 1951 at McKinney, Texas. Weldon was a farmer all of his life and retired from the Whitewright Post Office after 37 years of service. He was also employed as a crop reporter for the ASCS office in Sherman, Texas for a number of years and as a bookkeeper of Donigan Gin in Whitewright during the fall seasons until it closed. He served as deacon of the Bethel Baptist Church for 49 years and a Sunday School Director for 18 years. He served on the Volunteer Fire Department for several years and enjoyed helping in the Goodfellows Food Drive. He became an active member of the Pilot Grove Baptist Church in 2005 until illness kept him from attending regularly. He served his nation in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Weldon had a great sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes. He especially loved listening to and singing blue grass, gospel, and country music. Weldon was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. He will be missed by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Billie Jeane Bartley of Whitewright; son, Joe Michael Bartley of Whitewright; daughter, Regina Faith Kent of Celeste; grandchildren, Bobby Michael Bartley and wife Amber of Tom Bean; Billie Jo Ulmer and husband Chad of Whitewright; John David Kent and wife Abra of Celeste; Tony Kent of Celeste; Kasia Kent of New York; Martin Kent of Plano; great-grandchildren, Reed, Chas, Zy, Rylan, and Lindsay; brother, Jack Bartley and wife Betty of Whitewright; sister, Patty Goss and husband Lynn of Garland; number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Billy Bartley. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, April 26, 2010 at Pilot Grove Baptist Church, Pilot Grove, Texas. Officiating the service will be Rev. Don Hollister. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Whitewright, Texas. Pallbearers will be John David Kent, Martin Kent, Tony Kent, Bobby Bartley, Chad Ulmer, and Mac Williams. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Sunday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 3-5pm at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Whitewright, Texas. Memorials may be made to Pilot Grove Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Bethel Cemetery Association.

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Weldon was a special big brother and I knnow you will miss him a lot but he is home with the lord and doesnt have to suffer any more. I am so sorry and send my prayers to you Jack and the family. Jack and Jo Ann Jack M. Hayes, April 28, 2010 Mike-I was very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. It's never easy to lose someone no matter when that time might be but it does become easier to accept with the passage of time, we have to remember that God truly knows best. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. Sincerely, David Hall David Ellis Hall, April 27, 2010 Jackie and Betty i want to express my condolences to you for the loss of your brother. Since I lost my daughter it is just to hard to go to funeral homes. I hope the time will come to make it easier because I know it is my obligation to my friends to visit with them if only on family night. It was so nice of you both to come to Christy's family night. I am truly sorry I didn't make it but my prayers are with you. Love Connie Connie Cooper (Head), April 25, 2010 Patty and Lynn, we are so sorry for the loss of your precious brother. After reading the obituary, I relize just what a special person he was and I know the family will miss him dearly. May God comfort you in your sorrow. Wanda & Wayne Deering, April 24, 2010