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Dr. John Layton Bartlett, 92, died Thursday, May 13, 2020, at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born on Sept. 12, 1927, in Versailles, Dr. Bartlett was the son of the late Belle Adams Bartlett and Guy Worth Bartlett Sr. Dr. Bartlett served as an assistant to the chaplain in the Armed Forces in Manilla, Philippines, beginning in 1946. After leaving the army, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree in economics from Transylvania College in Lexington, where he was a member of the tennis team. During his schooling, he was employed as the organist for the Versailles United Methodist Church. He also taught piano lessons for a number of years to many youngsters in Versailles. After graduation from Transylvania College, he accepted employment as the office manager for National Distillers in Frankfort. He was called to the ministry and enrolled in the Lexington Theological Seminary. During his time in the seminary, he was employed as the minister of music for Highland Christian Church in Frankfort. After graduating from seminary, he became pastor of the First Christian Church in Charlestown, Indiana, where he stayed for many years. From there he was called to serve at other Disciples of Christ churches in Sandersville, Georgia; Seminole, Florida; and Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He received his Doctor of Divinity in 1987. He retired from the full-time ministry in 2006 and moved to Oklahoma City, where he continued to preach and play the piano for services at assisted living facilities. Dr. Bartlett is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie Farmer Bartlett of Oklahoma City; three daughters, Melissa (Randall) Bartlett Russell of Frankfort; Starr Tattersall of Pinellas Park, Florida; and Janelle Wagenknecht of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a son, Matthew Layton Bartlett of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, John (Megan) Layton Russell of Louisville; Lesley Russell Manley of Corydon, Indiana; Kiersten, and Amber and Dylan Wagenknecht of Colorado Springs; and a great-grandchild, Reagan Montgomery Russell. A brother, Guy Worth Bartlett Jr.; and a grandson, Hunter Wagenknecht, predeceased him. A graveside service will be held at the Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Woodford County Humane Society.

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