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James Ketron ‘Jim’ Barron
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Funeral services for James Ketron “Jim” Barron, 67, of St. Mary’s Highland Hills and formerly of Hull, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with Dr. Tom Mewborn officiating. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by Habersham County American Legion Post No. 84, Rabun County DAV Chapter No. 15, Grant Reeves VFW Post No. 7720, and the Georgia National Guard.

Mr. Barron died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Bogart.

Born Aug. 7, 1944, in Clarkesville, he was the son of Evelyn R. Barron of Watkinsville, formerly of Demorest, and the late John K. Barron.

Jim was a 1963 graduate of South Habersham High School. After high school, he worked for Lockheed in Marietta, before joining the United States Army. A highly decorated soldier, Mr. Barron was a Green Beret with the 129th Assault Helicopter Company, while fighting in the Vietnam Conflict. Upon returning from Vietnam, he attended Piedmont College and the University of Georgia. Mr. Barron then began working at Reliance Electric/Rockwell Automation where he was in management for 33 years. He was a member of Demorest Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Barron is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ashleigh and Brian Baker of Watkinsville; sisters, Elizabeth Barron Nix of Clarkesville, and Becky Brown of Watkinsville; brother, Bill Barron of Clarkesville; grandson and his wife, Cpl. Brett and Brittany Baker of Beaufort, S.C. (he is currently serving his country in Afghanistan); grandson, Colby Baker of Watkinsville; granddaughter and her husband, Briana and Whitney Sapp of Hull; granddaughter, Brileigh Baker of Watkinsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.

The Northeast Georgian

August 8, 2012