Christopher Ryan Barton

February 11, 1988May 24, 2010

SPC Christopher Ryan Barton (U.S. Army), 22, of Harrisburg, NC, passed away Monday, May 24, 2010 while serving his country in Khowst Province, Afghanistan. A service to celebrate Christopher’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010 from the sanctuary of Idlewild Baptist Church with Reverend Sammy Case and Reverend Jeff Smith officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Harrisburg Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Christopher was born February 11, 1988 in Montrose, PA, a son of Elaine and Roy Schmiedeshoff. SPC Barton Joined the Army December 30, 2008 from Concord, NC as a Infantryman. He graduated from the Basic Airborne Course in 2009, and was assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell KY. His awards included; Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Expert Weapons Qualification Badge (Rifle), and the Overseas Service Bar. In addition to his parents, Christopher is survived by his beloved wife, Heather Godwin Barton of Harrisburg; his brothers, Cory Barton of Harrisburg and Bryan Schmiedeshoff of Concord; in-laws, Jeff and Beth Godwin of Harrisburg; and brother-in-law, Justin Godwin; and his sister-in-law, Christa Godwin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the SPC Christopher R. Barton Scholarship Foundation, 9611 Brooksdale Dr., Suite 100, PMB 197, Charlotte, NC 28215. A service of McEwen-Mint Hill Chapel. Condolences to the family may be offered at


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Peggy Childers

May 25, 2013

To the family and friends of Pfc. Christopher Barton:
Always remembering Christopher. "Some gave all."

Peggy Childers

October 10, 2012

May 24, 2012
To the family and friends of Pfc. Christopher Barton:
Please accept my remembrance of Christopher on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.

Peggy Childers

May 24, 2011

To the family and friends of Pfc. Christopher Barton:
Remembering Christopher on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!

Elizabeth Raab

January 15, 2011

Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.

Candace DeLeon

December 7, 2010

Chris I promise i will never forget you ! I think about you all the time!

Peggy Childers

November 20, 2010

To the family of Pfc. Christopher Barton:
Christopher gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"

Christa Godwin

November 11, 2010

I Love You Chris I miss you so much we will see you again. I promise you Chris I will never ever forget about you, You are my Hero. Only the good die young. I Love You,You're sister in-law Christa Godwin

Cindy and Bob McKay

August 27, 2010

Although it has been sometime since Chris has passed we would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Barton family. Our grandson Spec. Nicholas Tegarden served with Chris in Afghanistan and along with us his heart is broken. May the Good Lord Bless you and console you in your time of sorrow. Chris was an "American Hero" in the truest sense.

Jamie Alex

July 28, 2010

RIP Chris, My loving thoughts to your family. God Bless the USA. Thank you for all you have given that will never be forgotten.

stephanie rafoss

July 28, 2010

Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.