July 29, 1999

Mark Orrin Barton

Mark Orrin Barton

1973
MASS MURDERER - SPREE KILLER

Barton Orrin Barton was a mass murderer and spree killer who killed his first wife and her mother in 1993 then in 1999 he killed is second wife and his two young children, as well as 9 other people and injured 13 more in Atlanta, Georgia, before committing suicide by turning his guns on himself.

He killed 15 people including himself.

Born on April 2, 1955, in Stockbridge, Georgia, to an Air Force family, Mark Barton was raised in Sumter, South Carolina.

He graduated from Sumter High School in 1973 after which he attended Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in chemistry despite an ongoing drug habit.

In 1978 he married Debra Rene Spivey, with whom he had two children named Matthew David Barton and Michelle Elizabeth Barton. He started having an affair with Leigh Ann Vandiver, one of his wife's acquaintances.

In 1993 he blungeoned to death his wife, Debra and her mother Eloise Spivey. Although he was the prime suspect in the double-murder, he was not charged due to the lack of evidence.

Withing a week after his wife's death Leigh Ann moved in with him and his two children. He married Leigh Ann in 1995.

He received a $294,000 insurance settlement from his first wife's death and used the funds to finance day trading in high risk internet stocks. In the month prior to his killing spree, Barton had lost $105,000, and Momentum Securities had cancelled his account.


Mark with his wife Leigh Ann and his two children Michelle and Matthew

On July 27, 1999, Mark Barton woke up early in the morning and bludgeoned Leigh Ann to death as she slept. The next night, he also beat his children Matthew and Michelle to death.

On July 29, 1999, Mark Barton went to the offices of his former employer, Momentum Securities in Atlanta, Georgia. Witnesses say that Barton briefly chatted with coworkers before suddenly pulling out two pistols and opening fire. He shot and killed four people and attempted to execute Brad Schoemehl, who was shot three times at point-blank range. Barton then walked to the nearby All-Tech Investment Group building and murdered an additional five victims. Barton left the scene before police could arrive. The police searched his house and found the bodies of his family and the notes that he had left with them.

An intensive manhunt ensued. Four hours after the All-Tech Investment Group shooting, Barton accosted and threatened a young girl in Kennesaw, apparently attempting to secure a hostage for his escape. The young girl escaped and called police. Responding police officers spotted Barton in his minivan and a chase ensued, culminating at a gas station in Acworth. As law enforcement attempted to apprehend him, Barton shot and killed himself.

The following is a list of the 14 people he killed:

September 5, 1993

  • Debra Rene Spivey Barton, 35, wife of Mark Barton
  • Eloise Powell Spivey, 59, mother-in-law of Mark Barton
  • July 27, 1999

  • Leigh Ann Vandiver Barton, 27, wife of Mark Barton
  • July 28, 1999

  • Matthew David Barton, 11, son of Mark Barton
  • Michelle Elizabeth Barton, 8, daughter of Mark Barton
  • July 29, 1999

  • Allen Charles Tenenbaum, 48, day trader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Dean Delawalla, 52, day trader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Joseph J. Dessert, 60, day trader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Jamshid Havash, 45, day trader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Vadewattee Muralidhara, 44, a computer course student at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Edward Quinn, 58, day trader at Momentum Securities
  • Kevin Dial, 38, office manager at Momentum Securities
  • Russell J. Brown, 42, day trader at Momentum Securities
  • Scott A. Webb, 30, day trader at Momentum Securities


  • August 12, 1999

    Harriet Camille Champion

    Harriet Camille Champion

    1973

    Harriet Camille Champion, 43, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at the home of her sister.

    Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of Mary Helen Randall Champion and the late John H. Champion. Miss Champion was a member of First Baptist Church. She was assistant to the administrator for of Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.

    Survivors besides her mother of Sumter include a brother, Jeffrey Champion of Sumter; a sister, Cynthia Williams of Sumter; and two nephews, Todd Champion and Randy Williams, both of Sumter.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Elmore-McCreight Funeral Home with Dr. James Goodroe officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be Ed Frye, Jimmy Jove, Lin Rainey, J.D. Duke, Jeffrey Black and Dr. Raymond Dunumci.

    The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, and at other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Linton Williams, 128 Paisley Park.

    Memorials may be made to Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.

    Elmore-McCreight Funeral Hume is in charge of arrangements.



    February 18, 2021

    Betty Louise Edwards

    Betty Louise Edwards Generette

    1973

    Betty Louise Edwards Generette, 66, was born on April 3, 1954, in Sumter, to the late James and Jessie M. Richardson Edwards. She departed this earthly life on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital.

    Betty, as she was affectionately called, attended the public schools of Sumter County, graduating with the Class of 1973 from Sumter High School. Upon graduating, she worked as a teacher's aide at Willow Drive Elementary School and was a bus driver for Sumter School District 17. At an early age, Betty accepted Jesus into her life and became a member of Mt. Olive AME Church, where she served diligently with many organizations. In 1994, she joined Joshua Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. A.D. Dennis, where she served with the senior missionary ministry, ushers ministry, pastor aide, calendar rally and sang with the senior choir. She was a dedicated and faithful member. She also visited St. John Baptist Church, where she sang songs of praises and prayed prayers, lifting up the name of Jesus. She will be missed dearly.

    Her memories will be cherished in the life of her husband, Sammie Lee Generette; her daughters, Tonya and Sandra; her son, Michael (Hershell); two special sons, Christopher and Joshua McCoy, whom she help raised; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mamie S. Wilder and Gracie A. Prince; two brothers, Jesse (Nhin) and Roosevelt (Brenda) Edwards, all of Sumter; two aunts; one uncle; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during all visitations at the home, 3 Shuler Drive, Sumter.

    Graveside services will be held at noon on Friday at Joshua Missionary Baptist Churchyard Cemetery, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Eugene Dennis, pastor, officiating.

    The procession will leave the home at 11:20 a.m.

    Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.



    February 20, 2015

    Jack L. Gardner

    Jack L. Gardner

    1973

    Jack L. Gardner, 60, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia.

    Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Alfred J. Gardner and Dorothy Mae Hobbs Gardner.

    Mr. Gardner worked as a medical administrator at Tuomey Healthcare System.

    Surviving are two daughters, Audrey Gardner Ridgill of Sumter and Sarah Gardner (Jeanette Shifflett) of Virginia; one brother, Gerald Gardner of Sumter; four sisters, Mamie Perry (Carl) of Sumter, Mary Baker (Ray) and Cheryl Burchfield (Sammy), all of Sumter, Karen Bledsoe (Greg) of Saluda; two grandchildren, Zeke Whiteside and McKenzie Whiteside; and his best friend, Mike Collins of Columbia.

    He was preceded in death by four sisters.

    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.

    The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and after the services at the home of his brother-in-law, 30 Black Oak Court.

    Memorials may be made to Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, or to Animal Protection League, 6080 Old Leesburg Road, Hopkins.

    Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.

    Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements. (803) 775-9386.



    July 9, 2021

    Cleveland Levan Hammond

    Cleveland Levan Hammond

    1973

    Cleveland L. Hammond, 66, husband of Jennifer Briggs Hammond, died on Friday, July 9, 2021, at his residence.

    He was born on May 5, 1955, in Sumter.

    The family is receiving friends at the home, 443 Dogwood Drive.

    Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home of Sumter Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements.



    May 14, 2021

    Jay Robert Jashinsky

    Lt. Jay Robert Jashinsky

    1973

    COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Lt. Jay Robert Jashinsky, 66, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, with Navy honors. There will also be a livestream of the service on Dunbar Funeral Home - Devine's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DunbarDevine.

    Lt. Jay Robert Jashinsky went home to be with our Lord on May 14, 2021 in Columbia, SC.

    Born December 14, 1954, in Sumter, he was a son of Ollie Mae Bazen Jashinsky of West Columbia and the late John Edward Jashinsky of West Columbia.

    Surviving are his wife, Lisa Bearden Jashinsky of Columbia; son, John C. Jashinsky (Mary); his sister, Gerri Brown; his brother, Edward Jashinsky (Cathy); his grandchildren, Layla Grace, Jackson, and Mary Kate; beloved pets, Jimmy and Riley; three nieces and a nephew.

    Jay earned his Bachelor's degree from University of South Carolina in 1977. He served with the US Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the USS Koelsch.

    Jay then went on to complete a degree from USC to be a certified public accountant. Jay worked at Burkett, Burkett, & Burkett for many years then retired with the SC office of Regulatory Staff.

    Jay was active in his church at First Baptist of Columbia and loved the Lord. He enjoyed spending his time with family, pets, flying planes, canoeing, watching the Gamecocks play, and working in the yard.



    December 9, 2015

    Louvenia McDonald

    Louvenia McDonald

    1973

    Louvenia McDonald was born on June 23, 1953, in Sumter, the fourth child of Emily Marjorie McDonald and Ethan Pack Sr. She attended Savage Glover Elementary, Bates Middle and Edmunds High School, graduating in 1973. She departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in New York, New York.

    She attended and graduated from Bennett College, then moved to New York, seeking the job of her dreams. Always striving to achieve, Louvenia began studies at Columbia University. It took her a few years to complete her coursework and receive her master of business administration degree. This was a proud moment for the family.

    Louvenia leaves to cherish her precious memories: one brother, Carl (Gloria) Baker of Sumter; three sisters, Ruthie (Garrett) Anderson of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Marjorie Pack of Stone Mountain and Virginia King of Sumter; and one sister-in-law, Wanda Pack. Although Louvenia didn't have any children of her own, she enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, Ethan Pack Jr., Ramsey Pack and Toreika Pack of New Bern, North Carolina, Melinda Baker Mihlbauer, Carl Elliott Baker, Melanie Baker, Sean Baker and Chanelle Baker of Sumter, Rankin Anderson, Drew Anderson and Blane Anderson of Stone Mountain. She was grandaunt of four nieces and three nephews. She also leaves a host of other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James McKnight and Eathan Pack Jr.

    Public viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

    Ms. McDonald will be placed in the church an hour before the service at 10 a.m. on Thursday for viewing.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Fulton Street, Sumter, with Deacon Jerry Farmer officiating and the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Canty Sr., celebrant.

    Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

    The family will be receiving friends at 932 S. Main St., Sumter.

    Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

    Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary.net.



    February 1, 2015

    Jeffery Jerome Wilson

    Jeffery Jerome Wilson

    1973

    Jeffery Jerome Wilson, son of the late Frank and Beanna Wilson, was born Oct. 17, 1955, in Sumter. He departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia.

    He attended and graduated from Sumter High School Class of 1973. He also attended and graduated from Devry University in Atlanta. He served in the U.S. Army many years. He lived and worked in Phoenix as an electric technician for many years. Wilson was a devoted member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where he worked with the youth ministry.

    He leaves to cherish his memories three sisters, Mary Wilson of Sumter, Linda (William) Wharton of Hopkins and Tammy Wilson of Sumter; two brothers Carnmell (Felisa) Wilson of Austin, Texas, and Frank Wilson of Sumter; four aunts; one uncle; one brother-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by three sisters, Jessie Mae Dee, Carolyn Ann Wilson and Beanna Patricia Josey and one brother, Thomas Edward Wilson.

    A public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

    Mr. Wilson will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Monday for viewing until the hour of service.

    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel A.M.E Church, 219 E. Calhoun St., Sumter, with Pastor Davie Brown, officiating.

    Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery, Florence.

    The family will be receiving friends at 26 Rast St., Apartment 30, Sumter.

    Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

    Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the Web at www.jobsmortuary.net.