Michael “Mike B.” Barton, 21, a resident of Greenfield, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Hancock Regional Hospital.
He was born June 6, 1990 in Indianapolis to Richalle (Meek) and Richie Turner of Greenfield and Michael Barton of Franklin.
Mike B. attended Greenfield Central High School and worked for Dave’s Pools and also worked construction. He loved music, movies, hanging out with his friends and working on cars.
He is survived by his parents; his girlfriend, Tara Paolella; brother, Adam Turner of Greenfield; sisters, Hannah Turner and Erin Turner, both of Greenfield; grandparents, Mary Meek of Greenfield, Richard Meek of Greenfield, JoAnn Barton of Indianapolis; great grandmother, Irene Meek of Greenfield; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Everett Barton; grandparents, Willard and Geneva Turner.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel of Greenfield. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
"Today I lost my Baby and it hurts. He was a loving boy; the kind that was true and good…he had many qualities about him. He always was lending a helping hand–strong ,honest, always trying to do what he thought was right. His friends loved him so! They called him Mike B. and he loved that. At Christmas this past year, he wanted a Jersey that said Mike B. so he could wear it when he and his friends played football at the park.
"This is going be so hard for me because I grew up with Michael as well as raising him. I was so proud the day I brought him home and have been every day since. Everyone doesn’t get to have the chance to have a special boy like mine. He gave the best hugs and he loved me so. When he was little, he slept with me every night. He loved to go to sleep playing with my eye lashes.
"He was a wonderful brother to his sibling; of course, they argued daily but they all would not have had it any other way. Adam, his brother, thought the world of him on some days, and the others…well, you know how that is! Adam is going miss him so. Hannah, his oldest sister (the one that drove him the craziest!) will miss him taking her where she needed to go and to her fast food runs. Erin–his baby I'll call her–he loved so much! There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for her. They were so good to each other and for each other, him and his sibling. They will all miss him.
"Michael was lucky to have his Rich in his life. They loved each other more than they both said to each other. Michael was always worried what Rich thought about him. He didn’t know that all along Rich was always his biggest fan. Rich loved to say that Michael was a hard worker and told everyone that. We started a new house remodel and Michael worked his butt off. That night when Rich sat down, the first thing he said was Michael worked so hard today, he such is a good worker. He loved to watch his boys play sports, whatever Game, no matter where it was, he was always there. Michael had much respect for “his" Rich. He told a friend one night that Rich was the best thing that ever happened to him and that just made my day!
"We got to enjoy his 21st birthday with him this past week and he really had a good time. We loved watching him play pool, laugh, smile and hold his Tara. He loved her so. They had problems but, they overcame them and it was going great for them. He even said 'me and Tara are going to get married, mom' and I thought that was the best. We love Tara and so did Michael.
"We are all going to have a hard time getting through this but, with our Michael’s love from above, I know we will. He is working for the Lord now and I know that. God will always watch over him for me and 'til I see his beautiful face again, I will miss him so…..
"I love you Michael."
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