November 9, 1929 – October 8, 2020
Bernie passed away on October 8, 2020. He was born on November 9, 1929 in New York to Max and Harriet Barton. Bernie grew up in Brooklyn and after college, served in the Air Force. Bernie met the love of his life, Lila, on a blind date and the rest is truly as they say history. Bernie and Lila lived in New York after they were married and had a son Michael. Shortly after, they moved to Mansfield Ohio and had 2 daughters, Ruth and Beth. As a psychologist and counselor, every life mattered, especially his family. Bernie saw no distinction in color, race, nationality, incarcerated or free or sexual orientation. He worked as a psychologist at the Ohio State Reformatory before becoming the warden and later being in charge of all prisons in the state of Ohio. Following his years working for the Ohio Correctional system, he was the director of the Richland County Mental Health Board until his retirement. He and Lila retired to California to play golf and be close to family. Bernie and Lila loved to travel and cruise. After many years, they moved to South Carolina and finally to Alabama. He is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Harriet Barton, brother in law, Gerald Slatkin and nephew Steven Slatkin. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lila Barton, children Michael Barton (David) of Adelaide Australia, Ruth Graves-Barton (Loretta) of Seattle, WA and Beth Arnett (Alan) of Birmingham, AL, sister Sandra Slatkin of Las Vegas, NV, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Exceptional Foundation, 1616 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209.