A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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Jean Louise Barton

October 6, 1931April 25, 2021
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Jean Louise Barton was born on October 6, 1931, to Robert and Marian Smallwood. Jean was educated in Baltimore Public Schools. After graduation, she married James Wilson (deceased) from this union, four children were born: Christopher, Denice, Gerald & Robert (deceased). She later married Oscar Barton (deceased) and from this union four children, Sylvia, Oscar Jr., Johnnie and Marian. In 1995, she married Warren Bishop (deceased). She departed this life on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Her family lovingly referred to her as the Queen Bee. She was a long-time, faithful member of the church. She was baptized at 13th and Irving Church of Christ in Washington, DC, attended East Capitol Street Church of Christ and spent her later years at the Glenarden Church of Christ, Landover, MD. When health permitted, she also attended Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC. She retired from AT&T in 1988 after 20 years of service. People liked her instantly and her smile and sense of humor made you very comfortable when she was around. Jean had a knack for making strangers feel like a part of her family. She was well-loved and adored by her family, and by church members and friends who knew her. She lived a godly life and was always serving the Lord and His people in any way she could. Jean will be remembered by her brothers: James Smallwood, Sr., John Smallwood and Paul Smallwood. Her children: Christopher Wilson, Denice Johnson (her husband, Willis), Gerald Wilson, Sylvia Lang (her husband, Michael), Oscar Barton, Jr. (his wife, Edythe), Johnnie Barton (his wife, Angela) and Marian Barton Peele (her husband, Mervin). Her grandchildren: Christina Wilson, LySandra Davis (Alaric), Steven Wilson, Brooks Smith, Jr. (Sheila), Nichelle Marks (Kevin), Brenda Wilson, Gerald Wilson, Jr., Michael Lang, Jr. (Monica), Matthew Lang, Michelle Lang Honeywood (Kenny), Marian Lang, Owen Barton, Tyler Barton, Jordan Barton, Megan Barton, Marshall Peele and Miles Peele. Her great grandchildren: Joel Davis, DeQwan Haight, Naya Jordan, Angelina Smith, Kayla Smith, Brooks Smith III, Shafon Smith, Kevin Marks III, Keith Marks, Eleanor Lang, Mackenzie Honeywood, and Cree Lang. Her great-great-grandchildren: Alia Haight and Serenity Smith. A host of nephews, nieces, cousins, church family, and friends. She was preceded in death by Robert Smallwood (father), Marian Smallwood (mother) Robert Smallwood, Jr. (brother), Louis Smallwood (brother), Delores Baker (sister), Helen Davis (sister) and Imani Lang (granddaughter).

Services

  • Gathering

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Trudy-Ann Riley

May 8, 2021

Niquelle Allen

May 7, 2021

Dear Barton Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of your dear mother. God blessed you with a wonderful matriarch and she was one of the gifts of this life. While she has departed from the physical, I hope you always feel her powerful spirit and presence until you are reunited with her in Glory. I hope you are continually comforted by the love and presence of family, friends, and loved ones during your time of mourning.

With deepest sympathy,

Niquelle Allen, Esq.

Juanita Cooper

May 7, 2021

Hello Marian and Family,
Our prayers are with you during the loss of your dear Mother. Be comforted in knowing that she is at peace and was blessed with children to carry on her legacy of love and freely
giving of their talents. We appreciate all you do for Plymouth Church.
Fervently.
Juanita Boyd Cooper & Family

Gina Simpson

May 7, 2021

Aunt Jean had such a wonderful spirit and that will never leave me. I admired everything about her and Loved her dearly. I know she is at rest now. Love Gina

Tamara Moore-White

May 7, 2021

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Our heartfelt condolences.

The Moore Family

Michael Lang II

May 7, 2021


It was very important that I made my grandmother proud. I hope I succeeded. It was so wonderful to sit and talk to her if just for a few minutes about ID television or joke about eating pig knuckles. She will be tremendously missed, but I know she is in a better place.

Veronica Evans

May 7, 2021

Loved Jean. She was a classy lady, always friendly and welcoming. Glad to have known her in my life.
Ronnie (Elzine Cater’s niece)

Leslie Mars

May 6, 2021

Sister Barton I have known for a little while was genuine, steady and calm in spirit. I can just imagine how her whole life impacted other lives. I will remember her smile, always, just as it vividly strikes me now. To all her loved ones...sorry for your loss. And may you find to assuage your grief.

Gerald Wilson

May 6, 2021

When I was growing up, I was a bad boy. I gave Momma hell. I was 18 years old when I left home. I wanted momma to be proud of me, so I changed my lifestyle. I joined the Navy and learned to be a better man. I got married, purchased a home and had 2 children. If you noticed, it's not a lot of pictures of me, with my family because I lived in California. I gave momma her nickname the "Queen Bee". I kept in contact with the "Queen Bee" for many years. She always told me she wasn't worried about me. She knew I would make it on my own. The best time I had with Momma was when I took temporary care of her in 2015. I enjoyed working around the house for her, taking care of the yard, and going to the Thrift stores with her. I will miss the "Queen Bee". Rest in Peace, Momma. I will always love you!
Gerald

Denise Jones

May 6, 2021

To the Barton Family,
Mrs Jean blessed me and so many people with her faith, wisdom and kindness. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and know that we are missing her too. Peace and Blessings Denise Jones and Family

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