Fort White High School Student Remembered
By Dan Breitwieser, TV 20 News.
Josh's father Glenn Barton told your Home Team over the telephone that there may be no such thing as a perfect son. But if there is, Josh would be the one.
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say Barton was driving on County Road 131 Tuesday night about a half-mile south of County Road 240. He was a varsity baseball player and was driving to the Phish Heads restaurant in Lake City when troopers say Barton ran off the road in his pickup truck, over-corrected, hit several trees, flipped and crashed through a fence.
Wednesday, many of his friends and classmates returned to the spot.
"I just wanted to see him one more time and say goodbye," says friend Alex Gilmer.
Barton was also a varsity soccer player who played defender. Gilmer watched him score his first career goal Friday night playing rival Columbia High School.
"I see the ball bouncing in the air," says Gilmer. "Josh's head, the shortest dude out there, Josh's head, came though and hit it to the back of the goal. They (Fort White High School) are up 1-0."
Teachers at Fort White remember him as an integral member of the Future Farmers of America team. Advisors even depended on him to help coach middle-schoolers.
Wednesday morning about 500 students gathered around the flag at half-mast to remember their friend and classmate.
Josh Barton's funeral will be Saturday at 2 PM in the Fort White gym. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Fort White FFA, the baseball Dugout Club or the Soccer Boosters.
Barton is survived by parents Glenn and Kelly, and a sister, Shelby, 14, a freshman at Fort White High School.
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