Joe Glenn Barton

May 5, 1950 - January 10, 2015

Constable Joe Glenn Barton, beloved husband, father and friend died, Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Farmersville at the age of 64.

Born May 5, 1950 in Room 210 of the Waxahachie Sanitarium, the room his grandfather would die in later that year, Joe was the only child of Joe Ab and Billie Gardner Barton. The family moved to Garland when Joe was a child and joined First Baptist Church of Garland. Barton graduated from Garland High school in May of 1968.

It was through a dispatching job in McKinney that he found his professional calling in law enforcement. He served the McKinney Police Department for 14 years, working his way up in the department. He held the roles of Dispatcher, Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant of Operations and left the department after serving as Interim Chief of Police.

On January 14, 1972, in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Farmersville, Barton married Eva Hartsell. The pair settled in Farmersville and five years later welcomed the birth of their only child, Jessica Autumn.

Barton began his career as Collin County Pct. 2 Constable January 1, 1989. He was re-elected six times and served a total of 26 years in the position up to the day of his death.

Joe joined the Farmersville Rotary Club in 1986. He served as President of the club for one year, earned 22 years of perfect attendance and was presented two Governor’s Awards by the District Rotary Governor. Joe believed wholeheartedly in serving others before oneself. He delivered Meals on Wheels in Farmersville for 13 years, served as Chairman for the 2002 Audie Murphy Day event and was Chairman of the Chaparral Rails to Trails committee for 19 years. In 2003, he was named the Farmersville Chamber of Commerce’s Harry O. Cameron Citizen of the Year.

Barton was an avid reader, history buff and car enthusiast; the breadth of his knowledge and intelligence never ceased to amaze those who knew him well. He was a loving, supportive and devoted father and husband.

Barton was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Billie Barton of Garland. He is survived by his wife Eva Barton, daughter Autumn Barton and mother-in-law Opal Hartsell all of Farmersville.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Farmersville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Farmersville. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, January 12, at the Hurst’s Fielder-Baker Funeral Home.

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Eva and Autumn our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Joe was a fighter and will always be remembered as such. May God give you all strength and comfort now and always. Delta and James Moody, January 13, 2015 Dear Eva, I am so glad I got to see you both during the holidays. From helping him find candy or finding a crazy address, he will be missed by many. I truly am honored to have known Joe. Prayers are sent to you from all my family. Lorrie Escamilla, January 13, 2015 Eva, you were so very blessed by so many friends at visitation last night, as you will by all that will be their today at the funeral. God and these friends will provide you the comfort and peace today and thru days to come. Know that Joe will be missed by all. God Bless You1 Linda Merriman, January 13, 2015 Eva and Autumn, I feel your loss. Joe was always so kind and thoughtful to me and my family. I pray that God will give you comfort during the coming year. Love to you both. Alice Lynn Bridges, January 13, 2015 Eva and Autumn I am so sorry for your loss. Joe worked with my husband James at the City of McKinney Police Dept for several years and they were great friends. May God wrapped His arms of love around you and give you only the comfort He can give. Brenda Honea, January 13, 2015 Eva and Autumn our thoughts and prayers are with you. We loved Joe! Tammy Farris, January 12, 2015 What an amazing and kindhearted man Joe was. He treated everyone with respect and compassion. He'll be truly missed by so many. Angie M Rios, January 12, 2015 God's peace for you my dear sweet friend. You touched my life and I am better for having known you. Prayers of comfort for you Eva Lou and Autumn. He was a wonderful man. J'Net Chambers, January 12, 2015 Eva, Autumn and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. Jack and Denice Burnside Webb, January 12, 2015 Eva and Autumn I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a good friend and he will be missed by many. GOD bless each of you during this time and always. Kenneth Moore, January 11, 2015 thanks for being my friend for all these years.rip joe you earned your place in heaven. JOHNNY L HOLLEY, January 11, 2015 God Bless to Eva, Autumn, & Opal. Joe was one of a kind. Cathy Feagin, January 11, 2015 DEAR EVA AND FAMILY: SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT JOE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. HELEN HELEN LAWSON, January 11, 2015 Collin County has lost one of our own. Cancer may have taken your life, but your memory will live on in our hearts. RIP Joe. Thank you for your faithful service to our community. I know that you are now in the presence of the Lord, on eagles' wings, with no more sorrow and no more pain. May God surround your family and the law enforcement community with His everlasting love during this difficult time. Susan Fletcher, January 11, 2015