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Charles Grady Barton, 83, died on December 27, 2013 in Aledo.
Grady was born on October 27, 1930, to Charlie and Ollie Barton in Walnut Springs. He went to high school in Austin and continued on to get his degree from Southwest Texas State Teacher's College (now Texas State University). Grady met Rose while they were teaching in Burnett.
Grady was bi-vocational. He worked at General Dynamics where he was a chief design engineer for the F-16 and F-111 and worked on numerous other projects (including stealth technology and depth charge technology for submarines). He also founded and pastored Aledo Christian Center beginning in 1971.
Grady was a living testament that God's ways work. He not only taught people the importance of hearing God's voice, he discipled them in walking out their Christianity in everyday life. It was said of him that he "provoked mankind to love, forgive and walk in the power of the Spirit." His legacy lives on in the thousands of lives who were touched by his truth given in love and encouraged by the Godly example he lived each day of his life.
Grady is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose, of Aledo; sister, Ann (Barton) Smith; son, David Barton and his wife, Cheryl; daughter, Rose Ann Gingles and her husband, Harris; daughter, Nancy Dunlap and her husband, Terry; grandchildren, Joni and Jarid Yankus, Damaris and Cain Schuler, Nathan Gingles, Timothy and Gabi Barton, Dustin and Tessara Dunlap, Stephen and Kelli Barton, and Derek Dunlap; great-grandchildren, Trinity Dunlap, Tate Dunlap, Wyatt Dunlap, Barrett Schuler, Gunner Dunlap, Rocco Yankus, and Ellery Schuler; and other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at the Aledo Christian School gym (400 Queen St.) at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 30 and burial will follow at Annetta Cemetery in Annetta.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Senday, December 29 at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Avenue, Weatherford, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Aledo Christian Center Missionary Fund, P. O. Box 117, Aledo, Texas 76008.