Frederick Gregory Barton, II, “Greg” departed this life on Friday, February 26, 2021. He was born May 8, 1991 in Fairfax, Va. to Frederick Gregory Barton and Veda Grimes-Barton. Greg grew up in Alexandria, Va. Greg’s religious background began at Third Baptist Church, where he was baptized at the age of 7. He attended Sunday School and worship service regularly until he went off to college. This is where his strong foundation in Christ was created, with the influence of his grandmother, Margaret (Mama) Grimes. He attended elementary and middle school in Alexandria and graduated from T.C. Williams High School with honors in 2009. Greg went on to complete coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Always on the quest for knowledge and wisdom, he would immerse himself in books and articles spanning all topics. He loved having profound conversations, learning from the experiences of others all while working on his own growth and pouring what he learned into those he loved. He was quite the achiever as he was constantly pursuing degree work and certifications in IT.
Greg’s tech career began at Best Buy, where he quickly was moved up to an Advanced Repair Agent for the Geek Squad. Even while working full-time he was studying and obtaining numerous certifications, which made him highly competitive in the IT field. He then moved onto the Department of State, working in the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Info Tech Security. He was later asked to join a startup team with the Department of State as a Cyber Security Specialist. He also worked with Vanguard as an IT assessor, and Quasars as a Cybersecurity Engineer. Just before he was diagnosed with his illness, he was contacted by a former director and asked to apply for an IT supervisory position with the Department of State. That led him to his final employment, working under a former supervisor, and mentor, Wilbur Davis III, where he worked for Iron Vine Security as an Information Security Analyst. Greg was a highly sought-after young professional in the IT field. Each of his last three employments were received through the request of a former supervisor. He was always concerned about leaving one job to accept employment in another. He did not want to seem ungraceful for each job opportunity that he had received. Greg was always humble, gave 110% to the job, and was continuously engaging in lifelong learning.
Outside of being an avid reader he enjoyed being in nature, especially near a body of water, playing basketball, hiking, winning any trivia game and teaching himself to play the piano. If the television was on, he was tuning on a Netflix documentary or any and every cartoon created since the 1980s.
Greg is survived by his parents, his sister, Reka Barton, his half-sister Lekia Hicks, and his fiancée Tiffany Bruce.
Greg and Tiffany met on the 1st day of 6th grade in a TAG (Talented and Gifted) Language Arts class. Their friendship grew and deepened over the years and they began dating at age 17. They continued to grow together into adulthood and spent an amazing 11 years together. Prior to Greg’s unfortunate passing they were engaged and planned to tie the knot this April. They shared something very special and were blessed to have one another.
There are truly not enough words in any language that could encompass who he was and what he meant to those who were fortunate enough to get to know him. He had a way of leaving beautiful ever-lasting impressions on everyone he met. While he may have been a man of few words, his words and conversations were meaningful and impactful. He leaves a legacy of a reserved, yet remarkable man of God.
He will truly be missed.
A small memorial service will be held to celebrate Greg’s life this Saturday, March 6th. Due to COVID19 restrictions, this service will be limited to immediate family and friends. Please contact the family for info on how to access the livestream of the service if you so desire. If you feel so inclined, any floral arrangements can be sent to Third Baptist Church, 917 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 and any monetary expressions of love can be sent via CashApp $RBM6 or Venmo @Reka-Barton, or feel free to contact the family for the home address.